Elisabeth Edwards

Elisabeth Edwards is a public historian and history content writer. After completing her Master’s in Public History at Western University in Ontario, Canada Elisabeth has shared her passion for history as a researcher, interpreter, and volunteer at local heritage organizations.

She also helps make history fun and accessible with her podcast The Digital Dust Podcast, which covers topics on everything from art history to grad school.

In her spare time, you can find her camping, hiking, and exploring new places. Elisabeth is especially thrilled to share a love of history with readers who enjoy learning something new every day!

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Articles by Elisabeth Edwards:

Is General Winter Russia’s Greatest Wartime Ally?

Artist's rendering of General Winter + German soldier standing in the snow

He’s been Russia’s ally for centuries, aiding in the defeat of some of the greatest armies in history. From Napoleon to the German Wehrmacht, “General…

Why the M2 Browning .50 Caliber is the Most Lethal Heavy Machine Gun in History

Three soldiers manning an M2 Browning .50 caliber heavy machine gun

The powerful M2 Browning .50 caliber heavy machine gun entered development following orders from Gen. John J. Pershing in World War I, and it has…

Solo Snipers and Infinite Ammo: 10 Errors Movies Make Involving Guns

Arnold Schwarznegger as the Terminator in 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' + Keanu Reeves as Neo in 'The Matrix' + Sylvester Stallone as John J. Rambo in 'Rambo: First Blood Part II'

Some of Hollywood’s most popular action heroes are expected to know a thing or two when it comes to firearms, and we know how inaccuracies…

James Earl Jones: Hollywood’s Iconic Voice Served As An Officer in the US Army

Portrait of James Earl Jones + James Earl Jones as Vice Adm. James Greer

Actor James Earl Jones has one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood. From the haunting villain of Darth Vader in Star Wars‘ to the…

The Epic History of the USS Iowa (BB-61): Leader of All Iowa-Class Battleships

USS Iowa (BB-61) at sea

The USS Iowa (BB-61) wasn’t just an elite battleship – she was also the leader of all Iowa-class vessels. Designed with speed in mind, her construction…

On-the-Ground Interviews Reveal Americans’ Reactions to Pearl Harbor

Ship shrouded in smoke + Buttons about Pearl Harbor

American history forever changed on December 7, 1941 when Japan launched a horrific attack on Pearl Harbor, catapulting the United States into the Second World…

The Five Sullivan Brothers Died Serving Aboard the Same Ship in the Pacific

The five Sullivan brothers aboard the USS Juneau (CL-52)

For any family, the loss of a sibling, child or relative during war is devastating. For Thomas and Alleta Sullivan, their entire lives changed when…

Six Authoritarian Countries Where Democracy Is Virtually Extinct

Soldier standing in full uniform + Parade occurring on the streets of North Korea

In 2006, The Economist published the first-ever Democracy Index, a system that measures the state of democracy in nations around the world. Ranking countries on…

Manila American Cemetery Is Home to More US WWII Dead Than Any Other Site

Rows of crosses at the Manila American Cemetery

Some 16,859 American soldiers call the Manila American Cemetery their final resting place, making it the largest US site of World War II dead. It’s…

Dogs, Emus and Cows – Oh My! Ridiculous Wars Fought Throughout History

Dog lying down outside + Close-up of an emu + Cow standing in mud

War has long been a costly approach to conflict, yet it remains a part of international politics and society. From the assassination of Franz Ferdinand…

Movies That Best Show the Realities of Tank Warfare

Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson as Lt. Col. Kiley and Maj. Wolenski in 'Battle of the Bulge' + Stuart Margolin and Clint Eastwood as Sgt. First Class Kelly and Pvt. Little Joe in 'Kelly's Heroes'

Each year, a handful of new films take to the big screen to showcase the greatest warriors and innovations spawned in wartime. From Top Gun…

High School Project Reunites Twin Brothers Seven Decades After WWII

Servicemen carrying a flag-draped coffin

On June 19, 2018, twin brothers Ludwig Julius Wilhelm “Louie” Pieper and Julius Heinrich Otto “Henry” Pieper were laid to rest side-by-side, some 74 years…