Jesse Beckett

Jesse Beckett is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE

Articles by Jesse Beckett:

Lost 52 Project: Navy Honors Explorer Who Discovered 7 Sunken Subs

Ocean explorer Tim Taylor has been awarded the Navy’s highest possible award for a civilian, the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, for his work with…

These Large Planes Make Us Wonder How They Even Flew

As with every extreme machine list, equipment designed for the military ranks high up in comparison to civilian equipment that often has much less demanding…

Soldiers Lost On Flying Tiger Line Flight Are Finally Memorialized

Over 20 families gathered in May to witness the unveiling of a new memorial in Columbia Falls, Maine, dedicated to the victims of Flying Tiger…

9 Facts About The CIA They’d Probably Like To Stay Secret

The CIA is everyone’s favorite shady government organization. With secrecy being one of the agency’s primary objectives, it’s not surprising that us everyday folks know…

Lyndhurst Antiques Centre Apologizes For Displaying Axis Memorabilia

Lyndhurst Antiques Centre

Lyndhurst Antiques Centre, an antique shop in Hampshire, England, has issued an apology for the sale of Axis memorabilia, following complaints made by visitors. Father…

The Jewish Commando Who Rode a Bicycle Through Normandy to Defeat the Germans

Canadian Troops with the 3rd Division disembarking from a ship with bicycles

When you think of the D-Day landings, you likely don’t envision bicycle-riding commandos taking the lead and scouting the area ahead of the other units…

Everyday Slang We Didn’t Know Originated In the Navy

Close-up of a ship's wheel

Over the centuries, sailors have created a language all their own to describe objects, people, actions and places. Much of this slang has found itself…

Barnes Wallis: The ‘Mad Scientist’ Who Tried To Emulate Earthquakes

English aeronautical engineer and inventor Barnes Wallis (left) designer of the 'bouncing bomb', with British actor Michael Redgrave who plays Wallis in the film 'The Dam Busters'.

When it comes to weird, creative, and sometimes downright ridiculous weapons during WWII, the British were in a league of their own. Leading the charge…

Babrak Karmal: From Exile To President

Files from the Czechoslovakian secret police the StB (Štátna bezpečnosť) reveal how the country helped hide and protect Afghan ambassador Babrak Karmal before putting him…

70 Years After Service, Ralph Puckett Receives The Medal of Honor

Col. Ralph Puckett receiving the medal of honor, and a photo of him circa 1950.

Retired Army Ranger legend Col. Ralph Puckett has been presented the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award, by U.S. President Joe Biden. After waiting…

Man Revealed As War Hero When His Medals Are Discovered

US Navy pilots sitting in front of an aircraft

We often hear about stories of valor, bravery and medal ceremonies for members of the armed forces. It’s an accepted fact that bravery must be…

Color Photos Of The War Effort Bring History To Life

Color photos from the National Archives show a PBM Mariner receiving a Navy and Pan-Am paintjob, and workers servicing a Vultee BT-13A

Photography in WWII is often thought of as a black and white art, which is an easy association to make as the huge majority of…