August 2010

The Amazing Life Of Buzz Aldrin

by Daniel Russ on August 31, 2010

Buzz Aldrin. Born in 1930 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, was the second man to set foot in the moon on July 20th 1969. What’s even more incredible is his life previously.  During the KoreanWar, Aldrin flew 66 combat missions in F-86 fighters. He shot down two MIG-15s and LIFE magazine featured gun camera footage […]

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War Posters

by Daniel Russ on August 30, 2010

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The Rape Of Germany.

August 29, 2010

Stalin wanted the Russian Army to take Berlin by April 30th, 1945, in time for May 1st 1945, or the Mayday Celebration. The 150th Rifle Division of the Red Guards had come within a few hundred yards of the Reichstag and other government and administrative buildings. Smoke filled the air. Bodies rotted in the streets. […]

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The Mau Mau Rebellion

August 28, 2010

The end of World War II brought a worldwide anti colonial movement to the forefront. Perhaps it was because Japan and Germany had spent so much time terrorizing others in their own backyard. Or perhaps it was the fact that troops around the world had to be garrisoned in other people’s countries such that it […]

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Lawrence Of Arabia Helped Mastermind Guerrilla Warfare In The Mideast

August 27, 2010

On June 10th 1916, Sherif Hussein Ibn Ali, Emir of Mecca, fired a shot into the air and thus signaled the beginning of Arab revolt against the Ottoman Turks. Immediately the Arab forces under Sherif surrounded, overwhelmed and captured a 1500 man Turkish garrison at Mecca. Royal Navy seaplanes and Handley Page Bombers supported Arab […]

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Amazing World War II Color Photos

August 26, 2010

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The Muslim Empire Goes To Sea

August 25, 2010

The prophet Muhammad died in 632 AD and there began a scramble and intensely fought struggle for who would lead the nations of Islam. Ali, Muhammad’s son in law claimed the caliphate. Thus began the Shiite sect that felt only a direct relative or descendant of Muhammad could rightfully become the leader of Islam. The […]

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Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

August 24, 2010

I lived in Richmond for six years and this is one of my favorite places in the world. It is in an old suburb called Oregon Hill. It’s acres and acres of rolling wooded hills and mature oaks and thousands of antebellum monuments to both dead Confederate soldiers and many presidents as well. Oregon Hill, […]

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Kamikazi Attacks

August 23, 2010

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Shuriken

August 23, 2010

Ninja were assassins who formed in the middle ages of Japanese Daimyo rule. They typically acted as secret agents and penetrated enemy organizations and killed opponents. Often they invented their own weaponry and one of these is the shuriken, or throwing star. Used defensively Ninjas would throw handfuls of them at pursuers. Save Save Related […]

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Cockpits

August 22, 2010

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Greek Fire

August 21, 2010

Greek Fire was an incendiary weapon invented by the Byzantine military and used by Byzantine navies against opponents to good effect. Pumped with bellows through a hose at the prow of a ship, this napalm like chemical burned extremely hot, stuck to everything, floated on the surface of the water and burned while floating. Scientists […]

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The Bohemian Tank

August 20, 2010

Chinese generals built armored cars and used them to good effect against Tartar cavalry charges. The use of this early armored vehicle stopped the Tartar advance and helped to establish a border that lasted centuries. Not much else is discussed about this tank and I have not been able to find pictures. But there was […]

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The Rout After Kursk. How Hitler Shot Himself In Both Feet.

August 19, 2010

Byelorussia in the Fall of 1943 was not a lovely place to be; typically this rural Russian agrarian province would see piles of hay, feedstocks, some light industry, rail yards, lovely small cities like Minsk and farm animals at the edges of town bringing to market the things people live on. Bread. Milk. Goods. These […]

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Did You Know The Battle Of Britain Had A Jamaican Pilot? Me Neither

August 18, 2010

During the summer and autumn of 1940, The Wehrmacht was in full control of the French beaches facing Britain. Hitler was planning an invasion of England called Operation Sea Lion. A massive amphibious and airborne invasion staged from France couldn’t be accomplished without first destroying Britain’s Air Force and air defenses. So the Battle of […]

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Military Leaders And The Actors Who Played Them

August 18, 2010

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The Gigantic German Heavy Tank. The K Wagen

August 17, 2010

Two of these behemoth prototype heavy tanks were built by Germany around 1917. Originally planned to weigh 165 tons, it was shortened and the prototypes weighed 120 tons. It was so big, nothing could carry it except a train or a ship and only then in pieces. It might have actually seen battle but the […]

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Hilarious

August 17, 2010

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Generals And The Actors Who Played Them

August 16, 2010

General George S. Patton Karl Malden As Omar Bradley General Omar Bradley Related Posts:Military Leaders And The Actors Who Played ThemLaw Limits The Number Of Generals Who Can Serve Active Duty At Any One Time.Gaius Marius, Rome’s Eisenhower in the First Barbarian War.

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65 Years Ago Today, The Japanese Surrendered

August 15, 2010

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