Guest Authors

War History Online welcomes many guest authors who share their knowledge of the history on our pages. We work with various museums, historical societies and media outlets around the world. If you are interested in working with us or have a great story, please get in touch.

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

joe.obrien.716

@og1927a1

Articles by Joseph O'Brien:

Yes, there was a time in the 1930s when the Nazis were a political force not just in Germany but all over the world, including…

The A-1 Skyraider was the last propeller-driven tail-dragger aircraft bought by the US Navy. One of the largest single engine aircraft ever built, the A-1…

The Vietnam War was fought between firstly the French and Viet Minh guerrillas, then later between the US, the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), and the…

Tanks became the undisputed kings of the battlefield — lumbering steel boxes that crushed everything in their path while shrugging off machine gun and rifle…

Pretty much anyone on the planet who studies firearms or military history has heard of the pistol known as the 1911. In continual service and…

The US military and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces in Vietnam faced a problem: how to successfully fight an enemy that…

A question that is interesting to ponder is whether other eras looked at past conflicts the way we look at World War Two (WWII). After…

Most fans of war films have probably seen the movie We Were Soldiers, but did you know that hidden in that movie is a Medal…