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Articles by Jay Hemmings:

Other uniquely Australian animals and birds were smuggled by troops to the Egyptian and other First World War fronts, such as wallabies, kookaburras, koalas, and…

Sometimes, in the worst of situations, all you can do is laugh. Humor and laughter are two things that are central to being human. Even…

Battlefield conditions often necessitate a number of things in order to achieve victory–inventiveness and courage. One US Marine that exemplified both of these characteristics was…

The fighting in East Africa was particularly difficult for European troops. The weather was blisteringly hot, and the terrain was extremely difficult to get through.…

The first attempts to add flamethrowers to US tanks were made in 1943 when M1A1 flamethrowers were added to M3 Lee medium tanks. Fire has…

Given that melee weapons still played an important role on battlefields into the 19th century, the sword remained one of the primary weapons of the…

The boot was perfect for riding, general use, and even informal evening wear. It soon became a hit, and it adopted Wellington’s name as the…

O’Meara managed to rescue over twenty men during those few days. He also carried much-needed supplies and ammunition to trenches under heavy bombardment. While war…

Despite the fact that eight horses were shot out from under him during these charges, he kept returning to the battle on fresh mounts. One…

The 800-odd seamen who survived the sinking of the cruiser were greeted with a horrifying sight when the sun rose. Hundreds of shark fins cutting…

George Orwell remarked that “the general consensus of opinion is that the only American soldiers with any manners are the Negroes.” Allied military bases were…

The flintlock mechanism not only changed how soldiers fought on the battlefield, it also changed how firearms were made. This allowed a far greater variety…