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:

US Air Force Pilot Richard Ritchie Shot Down Five Enemy Aircraft in Vietnam

Richard Ritchie wearing his pilot's jacket + McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II in flight

On August 28, 1972, US Air Force Capt. Richard Stephen “Steve” Ritchie and Weapons System Officer Capt. Charles Barbin DeBellevue successfully shot down a North…

US Army Ranger ‘The Reaper’ Reacts to 11 Sniping Scenes from Popular War Movies – and It’s Rough!

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in 'American Sniper' + Nicholas Irving aiming his rifle + Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell in 'Lone Survivor'

With 33 confirmed kills over a span of just four months – and upwards of 100 unofficial kills – Nicholas Irving, AKA “the Reaper,” is…

How Many 5 Star Generals Are There? Nine: A List of 5 Star Generals in the US

Douglas MacArthur standing in uniform + Military portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower + Chester Nimitz standing in his naval uniform

Following the death of Gen. Omar Bradley in 1981, the elite rank of five-star general feels more like a legend than reality. Since Congress allowed…

Convair B-58 Hustler: The First Operational Bomber to Reach Mach 2

Convair B-58 Hustler in flight

When it comes to awards and accolades, the Convair B-58 Hustler is truly unrivaled. The first bomber to ever reach Mach 2, its speed is…

Spetsnaz: How Russia’s Special Forces Became So Deadly

Five Russian Spetsnaz jumping from an aircraft

Russia’s Spetsnaz forces were shaped by the Cold War to be stealthy, efficient and, above all, lethal. Geared toward “political warfare,” the group has been…

The History of Drop Tanks: From Improvised Bombs to Vietnamese Canoes

Aircraft in flight + Close-up of a drop tank

Since the end of the Vietnam War, Vietnamese civilians have been making the most of US military waste. Reduce, reuse, recycle has taken on a…

An F-15 Eagle Scored an Air-to-Air Kill By Dropping a Bomb on an Enemy Helicopter

Underside of an F-15 Eagle mid-flight

The Gulf War saw its fair share of intense aerial combat between the Coalition and Iraqi forces, with the Coalition’s air campaign alone dropping 88,500…

M1919 Browning: An Innovative and Revolutionary Firearm

Gunner manning an M1919 Browning

The M1919 Browning machine gun is one of the most prolific firearms used by the US military, having seen use during the Second World War,…

The Story of the Original US Navy I-Bar Featured in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Behind-the-scenes image from 'Top Gun: Maverick'

The famous I-Bar, a favorite spot for US Navy aviators at Naval Air Station North Island, is making history, thanks to the release of Top…

Did the US Try to Give France Nuclear Weapons to Use in Vietnam?

Soldiers holding up a flag + Mushroom cloud

Vietnam has been a desirable target for many of the world’s most powerful countries since the French conquest in 1858. China, Japan and the United…

How the Sophisticated B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Stays Invisible

Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit in flight

The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is one of the rarest aircraft in the world. Born out of Cold War innovation, only 21 were…

Winged Hussars: The Rise and Fall of Europe’s ‘Angels of Death’

Drawing of the winged hussars during a charge

For two centuries, the elaborate winged uniforms and menacing battle tactics of the Polish hussars dominated the battlefield. Coming across the winged hussars must have…