Joseph O'Brien

Joseph O'Brien

Joseph O’Brien is a Military History and Firearms Expert located in the Midwest. After receiving a B.A. in History, O’Brien has worked in the retail firearms business as well as branching out into militaria/firearms appraisal and movie armorer work. He has written on a wide variety of topics and eras, and is always looking to increase his knowledge and collections of militaria. O’Brien has been recognized nationally by organizations, including the Association of the United States Army, and multiple museums for his outstanding knowledge and passion for Military history.

Education B.A. History St. Norbert College

Military History, Firearms and Militaria Expert

Rockton, IL

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Articles by Joseph O'Brien:

It is unknown what purpose the Russians intended with him, but he was likely used as service or a supply soldier. When the allies stormed…

A method needed to be found where crews could remain in their vehicle and alert while preparing their staple afternoon tea. Britain is known for…

Among their crews it was joked that LST stood for “Large Slow Target.” The D-Day operation took place almost eighty years ago. Practically every single…

The world would have been invited, friend and foe alike, to witness Soviet justice upon this man. On May 1945, in his headquarters in Berlin,…

Most of the smaller children were taken away from their parents before they were old enough to comprehend what was even happening. The Third Reich…

The Battle of the Bulge was Hitler’s last desperate gamble to win the war on the Western Front. It was 1944, and Hitler’s armies were…

The Mediterranean theater during World War II witnessed many dramatic operations—none more so than Operation Pedestal in August 1942. It came about because the island…

How cracking the German Enigma code impacted on the course of the war cannot be understated. Cracking the code was possibly the greatest intelligence coup…

The Red Army had a reputation for being fairly profligate with its manpower. The way that it conducted operations in World War II was no…

When you hear the terms “World War II” and “looting” you usually think of the Axis powers taking anything they pleased from conquered nations. German…

Many people have seen the blockbuster action flick Black Hawk Down. Mixed in among all the Hollywood action and big movie stars is a tale…

Is there still a place for battleships in modern naval combat? Were these great steel beasts sent out to pasture too soon? Commissioned in World…