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:

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…

Battle of Kamdesh: Vastly Outnumbered, US Army Troops Defeated Over 300 Taliban Insurgents

Members of the 61st Cavalry Regiment standing together

On October 3, 2009, more than 300 Taliban insurgents descended upon US Army Combat Outpost (COP) Keating in Kamdesh, Afghanistan. The some 50 soldiers of…

Veterans Call for Canada to Award First Victoria Cross Since World War II

Veterans in Canada are calling on the federal government to recognize the bravest acts of heroism performed by soldiers during the War in Afghanistan by…

Arizona City Celebrated WWII Veteran’s 105th Birthday with Amazing Surprise

Athena Wright smiling

Athena Wright was a young woman in her 20s when she embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, as well as the greatest sacrifice of…

Gods of War: History’s Greatest Warriors Who Never Lost a Battle

Painting of a battle scene + Statue of Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus + Military portrait of George Henry Thomas

Throughout history, the world’s best leaders have, largely, started out as some of the greatest warriors. From the ancient societies of Greece, Rome and Egypt…

Rare Photographs Reveal the Honorable History of Japan’s Samurai

Portrait of four samurai dressed in armor

Japan’s samurai were among the most powerful warriors of their time, rising through the ranks of society to become rulers in their own right. Not…

The Nuclear War Between Russia and China That Almost Happened

Mushroom cloud rising into the sky + Portrait of Leonid Brezhnev + Portrait of Mao Zedong

In the early stages of the Cold War, Americans saw Soviet Russia and China as working together as one Communist “monster,” threatening to destroy everything…

A US Army Veteran Once Took An M60A3 Patton Tank On a Rampage Around San Diego

Cars driving along California State Route 163 + Group of police officers in full riot gear + M60A3 Patton tank

When Shawn Nelson wandered into the California National Guard Armory in San Diego, no one expected him to leave with an M60A3 Patton tank, nor…

The Price of Freedom: The Forgotten Civilian Deaths of D-Day

American soldiers sitting in a landing craft at sea

Operation Overlord, better known as D-Day, is often remembered for being one of the most intense battles in military history. Films like 1998’s Saving Private…

How Military Prison Differs from a Federally-Run Correctional Facility

Officer walking across a hallway in a military prison

In the United States, prisons, including those run by the military, housed a total of 1,380,427 inmates as of 2019. Incarceration is nothing like it…

Korengal Valley: Why the Region Is Nicknamed the ‘Valley of Death’

US Army soldiers walking along a dirt path in the Korengal Valley

Between the mountain ranges bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan lies the infamous Korengal Valley. The area saw some of the deadliest engagements to occur during the…

Vietnam Jungle: The Dangerous Snakes, Animals and Traps US Troops Encountered During the Vietnam War

American soldiers walking through the Vietnam jungle

The experience of war has always been intertwined with the environment. Weather, landmarks, climate and ecology all play a role in the outcome of a…