Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE

Articles by Ian Harvey:

The US Navy’s Zumwalt-Class Destroyers Will Be the First Outfitted with Hypersonic Missiles

USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) at sea + Common hypersonic glide body being launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii

The biggest research and development effort in the US Navy is hypersonic missiles – projectiles that move faster than the speed of sound. It had…

Tilanqiao, Shanghai, Was A Wartime Safe Haven For Jewish People

Tilanqiao, a neighborhood in Shanghai, was, for a time, an oasis in a troubled land. The neighborhood, which became a ghetto under Japanese occupation, was…

Ship Happens — How An British Couple Wound Up With A Piece of History

split image of the Robinses and the boat

Gemma and Simon Robins of Wrexham bought a boat on eBay in January. Not just any boat, but the ML 1392 Medusa, which took part…

Man Turns in Soviet Tank During Amnesty Program

a pink tank was the star of the Czech weapons amnesty program

When police in the Czech Republic used a tank in their ad to promote weapons amnesty, they didn’t realize someone would take it so seriously.…

False Alarm In German Forest As Adult Toy Mistaken For Explosive

A forest overgrows disused WWII-era infrastructure near Wuerzburg, Germany.

Cleaning up after a war has occupied many governments and volunteer organizations across the world, from mine clearance in Vietnam to European bomb disposal squads.…

US Army’s Night Vision Technology Makes Life Look Like a Video Game

night vision

The U.S. Army’s Lancer Brigade (Second Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division) released footage of their new Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binoculars (ENVG-B). The goggles…

Sikorsky Demonstrates Autonomous Flight Technology for US Army

The U.S. Army teamed up with Sikorsky to successfully demonstrate an S-70 Black Hawk helicopter with autonomous flight technology. The demonstration opens up the possibility…

Washington DC Opens A National Memorial For The First World War

Army veteran Andrew Forte watches the opening ceremonies on a monitor. Frank "Wood" Buckles, the last American military World War I veteran to die, appears on the monitor.

Incredible as it may seem, up until now the 4.7 million American service personnel who served in World War One never had their own dedicated…

Charles Coolidge, Oldest Medal Of Honor Recipient, Passes Away At Age 99

Charles Coolidge

The U.S. has lost its oldest Medal of Honor recipient. Charles Coolidge has passed away at the age of 99. He died April 6, 2021,…

Clayton Schenkelberg, Oldest Survivor of Pearl Harbor, Passes Away At 103

Clayton Schenkelberg speaks to CBS 8 San Diego in 2015

Clayton Schenkelberg, thought to be the oldest living survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, passed away at the age of 103 on April 14,…

Woody Harrelson to Star as Doctor Who Saved the Lives of Jews in WWII

split image of Woody Harrelson and Felix Kersten

Woody Harrelson, the three-time Oscar nominee will star in the role of Felix Kersten in a film version of Joseph Kessel’s novel The Man With…

Disappeared Nuns, Victims of the Red Army, Discovered in Cemetery

Religious objects helped identify the remains

As the Wehrmacht retreated in the face of the Soviet Red Army in Poland in 1944, the Polish population might have been forgiven for believing…

Aging Nuclear Missiles Are Outlasting Their Ability to be Maintained

Fifty years ago, hundreds of now aging nuclear missiles were placed in their underground silos. These Minuteman III ICBMs were expected to last only ten…

US Army Awards Contract to Barrett for New Sniper Rifle

The US Army has awarded a contract worth $50 million to Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc. The company will provide new rifles for snipers. Barrett will…

Dive Locates the USS Johnston, the Deepest Derelict Ever Found

USS Johnston at sea

A shipwreck in the Philippine Sea is the deepest in history to be found. A large part of the USS Johnston was discovered by two…

Historic Plane Makes Emergency Landing Off of Florida Beach

On April 17, 2021, beachgoers at Cocoa Beach in Florida were in for an unusual surprise landing by an aircraft emergency landing. A World War…

Florida Air Force Base Receives First Shipment of Robot Guard “Dogs”

The 325th Security Forces Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base has received their first shipment of “Quad-legged Unmanned Ground Vehicles,” also known as Q-UGV and…

US Air Force Developing Supersonic New Air Force One

The United States military is working on the design of the next Air Force One airplane. Air Force One is the call sign given to…

World’s Oldest Living Air Force General Turns 107

On April 3, 2021, the man considered to be the oldest living retired air force general in the world celebrated his 107th birthday. Lt Gen…

200 Years After the Kiks.ádi People Stood Firm Against Russian Colonialization, Their Fort has Been Found Using Modern Technology

In the early 1900’s Russian traders trying to gain a foothold in Alaska clashed with the indigenous peoples that had lived there for thousands of…

Remains Of Napoleonic Soldiers Buried In Vyazma After 209 Years

On February 13th, a solemn ceremony was held in Vyazma, a small town in Smolensk, to bury the remains of Napoleonic soldiers killed during Napoleon’s…

British Army Put Down 1,200 Combat Dogs after They Could no Longer Serve

A sergeant in Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS) has spoken against the service’s practice of euthanizing combat dogs when they can no longer serve their…

New Ideas For An Old Design: Hiding Military Weapons In Plain Sight

Camouflage is a fundamental principle of military design, whether it’s applied to clothing, tents, or weapons. The goal is, naturally, to make soldiers and equipment…

US Air Force Names New F-15 Fighter Jet Replacement

The US Air Force has picked a name for its new F-15EX fighter plane. Lt. Gen. Mike Loh, Air National Guard director; Lt. Gen. Duke…

Iconic American Colt Firearms Now Owned by a Czech Company

For almost one hundred and eighty years the Colt’s Patent Arms Manufacturing Co. in Hartford, Connecticut has been one of the most famous gun manufacturing…

Unearthed ‘Tunnel Of Death’: The Excavation Of Winterberg Tunnel

excavation winterberg tunnel pierre malinowski

War is an ugly business. The only redeeming reality for soldiers on the ground caught in fierce fighting is that, often, their deaths are mercifully…

Jewish Man Bequeaths 2 Million Euros to French Village That Hid His Family During the Holocaust

A Jewish man whose family survived the Holocaust thanks to the kindness of a village in southern France has left an estimated 2 million euros…

Remains of Heroic US Catholic Army Chaplain Identified

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) of the US Defense Department announced that they have identified the remains of Father Emil Kapaun. The Kansas native…

Researchers Recover More Artifacts from the Ship that Carried the Elgin Marbles

Archaeologists who are researching the shipwreck of the Mentor have retrieved more artifacts from the famous wreck including the leather sole of a shoe and…

The Battle Of Kursk: Operation Citadel

It is said that history belongs to the victors. In the example of World War II, obviously the victors were the Allied forces of Great…

Poignant photographs of the German invasion of Poland

On the 1st September 1939, the Nazi regime in Germany unleashed the horror of a Second World War on the planet by invading Poland. What…

Photographs of the Leningrad Siege 1941 – 1944

In the Middle Ages, laying siege to a castle or town was considered an excellent way of winning a battle. With the advent of modern…

The D-Day Battle at Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc is a popular tourist destination in the Normandy region of Northern France. It offers scenic views of the English Channel from atop…

36 Fiery Photographs of Flamethrowers Through the Ages

Over 1000 years ago the Greeks were the first to employ the tactic of hurling flames at their enemies and through the First and Second…

Operation Husky – The invasion of Sicily

Many people view the Invasion of Normandy as the most famous battle of World War II. That combat in France, during which thousands of soldiers…

One of the Biggest Air Battles in History – the Battle Of Britain in 38 Great Images

It may be almost impossible to imagine today, but not long before the Nazi campaign against Britain got underway, Hitler mused that England might capitulate…

Operation Barbarossa in 50 Stunning Images

It is difficult to overstate the miscalculation made by Adolph Hitler when he decided to proceed with Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union.…

The Grave of a WWII Hero Has Finally Been Located

Lieutenant Piers Edgcumbe, the son of the 6th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, was killed while scouting Nazi German forces during the Blitzkrieg in May 1940.…

Dutch Archaeologists Uncover 200-Year-Old Mass Grave of British Soldiers

Archaeologists in the Netherlands uncovered the mass grave of 81 British soldiers which is believed to be 200 years old. They believe there are more…

US Stealth B-2 to be Upgraded to Protect Against EMP Attacks

When it first took flight more than thirty years ago, the B-2 Stealth bomber was at the cutting edge of technology. Its single-wing radar-deflecting shape…

The Last Flying He 111 Crashed in 2003 (Video)

This short video takes you on a detailed tour of the He 111 CASA 2.111, an aircraft based on the German Heinkel He 111 that…

British Royal Armouries Museum Reviewing ‘Offensive’ Displays

The Royal Armouries are reviewing displays of police riot gear out of concern that they could be offensive. Riot shields and pepper spray are among…

Vikings Proved Not To Be The Blue Eyed Blonds History Has Recorded

The popular beliefs that Vikings were fair haired, wore helmets with horns, were brutal invaders and were always Scandinavian is finally being put to rest…

German Woman, Secretary to Camp commandant, is Charged

On Friday 5th February, prosecutors in the small town of Itzehoe, just west of Hamburg in Germany, filed charges against a 95-year-old, unnamed woman for…

Russian Scientists Shipwrecked by Walrus

Russian scientists using a navy tug boat to research the Arctic found themselves under attack by a female walrus. The walrus, apparently defending her cubs,…

Scottish Man Charged With Posting Offensive Remarks About Captain Sir Tom Moore

A man was arrested in Scotland after tweeting an offensive comment about Captain Sir Tom Moore. Moore recently passed away from complications due to the…

New Jets For A Modern Military: America Takes Possession Of New F-15EX Jets

The F-15EX, a fighter jet that will replace some older aircraft in the United States Air Force (USAF) was tested in Missouri in early February,…

WWII Defenses Uncovered by Recent Storms

Anti-tank defenses that were erected during World War II have reappeared 80 years later on the beaches of Northumberland in England. The defenses were installed…

Sikorsky Boeing Defiant X: New Helicopter Includes Many Sought After Features

Like many armies and navies around the globe, the United States invests billions of dollars annually in equipment that most people sincerely hope will never…

95-Year-Old Grandmother & WWII Refugee Threatened with Eviction

Klara Kharkats, 95, a WWII refugee who fled Ukraine during the war, was threatened with eviction from her apartment in Redondo Beach, California, for the…

Renowned Soldier May Come Home: Government Agrees To DNA Testing

Thousands of soldiers were buried in Europe after World War II. So many men in the Armed Forces died during the long conflict that they…

Remains of British WWII Airmen Recovered from Stirling Wreckage in Dutch Lake

Human remains found in the wreckage of a British WWII-era Short Stirling bomber will hopefully be identified using dental records according to the leader of…

Residents Concerned About Plan to Erect Broadband Pole Near War Memorial

Residents of Alphington, Exeter, Devon, Britain, are concerned about plans to erect a broadband pole near a war memorial dedicated to the local residents that…

Multi-Million Silver Bullion Haul Recovered from the Ship Gairsoppa

War is an expensive business and World War Two was no exception. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had to use every penny the British Empire…

Oldest living Marine, Dorothy ‘Dot’ Cole, Passes at age 107

One of the first ladies to enlist as a Marine Reservist, Dorothy’ Dot’ Cole, has passed away at the fabulous age of 107.  Last September,…

Fossil Actually a Wartime Grenade: Explodes in Civilian’s Kitchen Sink

Although World War II is long over, the vestiges of battles with Nazi Germany at sea and on land, still litter English beaches and the…

Physicist Who Worked on the First Soviet Nuclear Bomb Dies at Age 101

Isaak Khalatnikov passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 101 years of age. He was the last surviving member to have participated in the…

The Tragic Tale of the USS Indianapolis

The USS Indianapolis was a Portand-class heavy cruiser in the US Navy during World War II. It was sank by the Japanese after completing a…

Group of Volunteers Working to Restore Historic Skymaster Plane

A group of volunteers is working to save a Douglas C-54 Skymaster military plane from the scrap heap but COVID and lack of funding threaten…

One of the Last WWII “ATA-Girls” Dies at Age 103

Eleanor Wadsworth passed away at the age of 103. She was one of the last remaining members of the British Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA). Members…

Tuskegee Airmen Veteran, Theodore “Ted” Lumpkin Dies Aged 100

Theodore “Ted” Lumpkin Jr., a member of the world-famous Tuskegee Airmen, passed away on the day after Christmas in 2020, a few days before his…

America To Study UFO Sightings

The legislation also contained a tucked-away clause called the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA). It refers to aircraft flying through space unidentified – UFOs, as commonly…

Sword stolen from a statue is returned 40 years after the theft

Cindy P. Gaylord, head of the Historical Commission in Westfield, Massachusetts, was astounded when she was approached to take back a sword stolen from the…

Soviet Double Agent George Blake Dies at Age 98

George Blake passed away at the age of 98 in Russia. Blake is known for being a British agent in the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)…

Seven Fishermen Blown Out of Water by a UXB

A crew of crab fishermen were nearly killed when an explosion expected to be from a WWII bomb lifted their 42-foot vessel, the Galwad-Y-Mor, out…

Only Memorial to Anne Frank in the US Vandalized by Morons

The Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise, Idaho, was vandalized with  swastikas early morning on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Nine stickers with swastikas and…

US Coast Guard to Send Icebreaker to Arctic for National Security

The US Coast Guard’s only long-range icebreaker, the Polar Star, would typically head to the Antarctic to help with the resupply of the McMurdo Station.…

100 year old ‘Flying Tiger’ Harry Moyer Still Flies Every Week

If you are a healthy, vibrant World War II veteran pilot, how would you choose to spend your 100th Birthday? Harry Moyer is just such…

Falkland Islands Declared Mine-Free After 10-year Effort, Four Decades After End Of War

Compared to the inconveniences that plague the average beachgoer – overcast skies, sand flies, or jellyfish, to name a few – the problems faced by…

President Clears Way to Present Medal of Honor to Alwyn Cashe for His Heroic Actions

President Donald Trump has signed a bipartisan bill which clears the way for US Army Sgt Alwyn Cashe to posthumously receive the nation’s highest military…

Researchers Nearly Finished With Excavation of Viking Longship in Norway

Archaeologists are excavating a rare Viking longship that has been buried for about twelve hundred years in Norway. It’s the first such excavation in Norway…

How a US Squad Saved Some of the World’s Most Valuable Horses

As World War II wound to a close, just days before Adolf Hitler would take his own life in a bunker in Berlin, the 2nd…

US Marine MIA for More Than 70 Years on Tarawa Atoll Returned to Home Town from Pacific Atoll

In three days of intense fighting, more than six and a half thousand American, Japanese and Korean soldiers were killed in the Battle of Tarawa.…

“I guess they didn’t know I was a marine:” PFC Edward Ahrens’ Last Stand

United States Marine Corps PFC Edward Ahrens holds a special place in the Corps’ long history of larger than life characters whose bravery and tenacity…

Crash Site of a Zeppelin Aircraft Found in Poland, a Century After it Happened

Over a century ago, the then young Western People’s Ukrainian Republic sent a Zeppelin Staaken aircraft on a secret mission. The plane was laden with…

Divers cleaning up the ocean net themselves an Enigma machine

Divers, working on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund, cleaning up the ocean of discarded fishing nets that pose an enormous danger to oceanic wildlife,…

Buried Deep: More War Treasures Found In Polish Woods

The woods between Poland and Germany are rife with treasures and evidence of the terrible, tragic events that took place there when the Second World…

RIP ‘Wild Geese’ Star and Battle-Hardened Veteran Ian Yule

South African star and real life war hero Ian Yule has passed away. His exact age and cause of death aren’t known. Yule’s public profile…

Concentration Camp Guard Who Hid in US for 75 Years Will Be Deported

Friedrich Karl Berger hid his past as a Nazi concentration camp guard for over 70 years. Now the United States is deporting him to Germany…

Pershing Gunner Clarence Smoyer, Was Awarded a Bronze Star, 74 years After Famous ‘Cologne Tank Duel’

Clarence Smoyer was the gunner in a Sherman tank during World War II. He and his band of brothers saw action through the European theatre…

Cancellation of XM25 counter-defilade Weapon Not the End of Army’s Search for New Weapon

Discussions of the future of armed combat including the XM25 have long been awash in fantastic predictions about the ways that it will be irrevocably…

US Air Force Receives First Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II Combat Rescue Helicopters

The US Air Force took delivery of two new search and rescue helicopters from Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky Training Academy in Stuart, Florida. The new HH-60W…

US Pilot Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross After Landing Damaged A-10

A-10 Pilot Major Brett DeVries received the United States’ oldest decoration for military aviation, the Distinguished Flying Cross. Air Force Secretary Barbra M. Barrett presented…

New Class of Ballistic Nuclear Submarines Ordered to Replace Aging Ohio Class

A new class of nuclear-powered submarines is set to replace the aging Ohio-class ballistic missile platform in the United States Naval fleet over the next…

US Troops Stationed in Central America Respond to Call for Aid After Hurricane Eta Pounds Honduras, Panama

Days after Hurricane Eta pounded Central America with drenching rain and winds exceeding 150 miles per hour, monstrous flooding lingered in Panama and Honduras.  In…

A New Book Claims Bletchley Park’s Contribution to WWII is Vastly Overrated

John Ferris’s recently published book, Behind the Enigma: The Authorized History of GCHQ, Britain’s Secret Cyber-Intelligence Agency, reveals the inner workings of one of England’s…

Gunny Hathcock – a Vietnam War Sniper Legend

Stories of exploits in Vietnam by legendary Marines are commonplace, but few Marines have had as many stories told about them as the sniper Carlos…

New Weapons For U.S. Army On Horizon: Latest High Tech Gear Assessed By Military Brass

It is axiomatic that even the most highly trained, experienced soldiers are only as effective as the weapons they carry; guns, grenades and other items…

New Book Alleges Poisonous Pacific Legacy of the American Military

Japan-based journalist Jon Mitchell has made it his life’s work to investigate and record the many ways in which he sees the Pacific Ocean has…

Falklands Aircraft Carrier Hermes now the INS Viraat for the Scrapheap

The Centaur-class aircraft carrier, laid down in 1944, but not commissioned until 1959, had a distinguished 25 years of service with the British Royal Navy,…

Hundred-Year-Old Carrier Pigeon Message Discovered in French Field

A couple walking in a field in France last September discovered a tiny aluminum capsule in a field. Upon opening it, they discovered a message…

Dutch Flower Girl Who Had Tended a War Grave for 75 Years Has Died

Dutch flower girl Willemien Reiken was just nine years old at the end of the War in Europe in 1944. She and her family had…

Army Major Conned Nations into Sending Him Tanks & Weapons

A British army major is accused of convincing Germany, Belgium and Sweden to send dozens of tanks and weapons which he then sold himself for…

New Documentary Reveals Story of Last German Soldiers to Surrender

Deep inside the Arctic circle, some six-hundred miles North of the Norwegian coast, lies the Svalbard archipelago, including the islands Spitzbergen and Nordaustlandet (North East…

Historic D-Day Railway Station Visited by Churchill, de Gaulle & Eden up for Sale

In the leafy lanes of Hampshire’s Meon Valley lie the villages of Soberton and Droxford. Along Station Road there used to be a railway station…

Company Imports Trove of M1 Carbines from Ethiopia to Sell in US

The M1 Carbine was the most produced infantry weapon manufactured by the United States for World War II. It was developed by Winchester for the…

US Army to Replace the M4 & SAW With NGSW System Within 2 Years

The US Army is looking at the NGSW system to replace both the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) and the M16/M4/carbine used by close combat…

B-52 Sends Distress Signal Over Britain

A US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber sent an emergency radio message while flying over Gloucestershire in the UK on September 25, 2020. The bomber…

RNLI Rescues a Catalina Flying-Boat in Loch Ness

The crews attached to the RNLI Station at Loch Ness are no strangers to call-outs for strange objects, but none were as odd as the…

Nuclear Weapons Will be Illegal in 90 Days, but will Victims of Pacific Tests Ever Get Justice?

In 90 days, seventy-five years after the world first witnessed the devastation caused by nuclear weapons, they will be illegal, according to international law. From…