Ryan McLachlan

Ryan McLachlan is a historian and content writer for Hive Media. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Classical Studies and his Master of Arts in History from the University of Western Ontario. Ryan’s research focused on military history, and he is particularly interested in the conflicts fought by the United Kingdom from the Napoleonic Wars to the Falklands War.

Ryan’s other historical interests include naval and maritime history, the history of aviation, the British Empire, and the British Monarchy. He is also interested in the lives of Sir Winston Churchill and Admiral Lord Nelson. Ryan enjoys teaching, reading, writing, and sharing history with anyone who will listen.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching period dramas such as Murdoch Mysteries and Ripper Street and also enjoys reading classical literature and Shakespeare. He also plays football and is an afternoon tea connoisseur.

Articles by Ryan McLachlan:

One of the Principal Designers for the B-2 Spirit Got Himself Incarcerated At a Supermax Prison

Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit in flight

The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit is an American heavy strategic bomber featuring low-observable stealth technology, allowing it to penetrate and attack undetected deep within enemy…

Northrop XP-79: The Flying Wing Designed to Ram Into Enemy Aircraft in Mid-Air

Northrop XP-79 parked on the tarmac

The Northrop XP-79 Flying Ram was a rocket- and jet-powered flying-wing fighter designed during the Second World War for the US Army Air Forces. The…

A Boeing B-29 Superfortress Carrying An Atomic Bomb Once Crashed In California

Boeing B-29A Superfortress in flight

On August 5, 1950, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, operated by the US Air Force and carrying a Mark 4 nuclear bomb, crashed northeast of San…

A Panicked Crewman Led to the Loss of 99 British Lives Aboard the HMS Thetis (N25)

Crewmen standing on the top deck of the HMS Thunderbolt

The HMS Thetis (N25) was a Group 1 T-class submarine operated by the British Royal Navy. The vessel sank during dive trials in 1939, but…

The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark Traded Ejection Seats for a Crew Escape Module

General Dynamics F-111F Aardvark dropping Mark 82 bombs mid-flight

The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark was a supersonic, medium-range, multi-role aircraft. Developed in the 1960s, it fulfilled a number of roles, including strategic bombing, reconnaissance…

A US Marine Corps Veteran Once Killed His Stepfather… With An Atomic Wedgie

Man being handcuffed

On December 21, 2013, a US Marine Corps veteran killed his stepfather in a rather hard-to-believe way. When an argument between the pair turned physical,…

The Fatal Collision Between the USS Greeneville (SSN-772) and the Japanese Ship Ehime Maru

US Coast Guard personnel pulling Japanese crewmen aboard a vessel

On February 9, 2001, approximately nine nautical miles south of Oahu, Hawaii, the USS Greeneville (SSN-772) was involved in a collision with Ehime Maru, a…

Yasuke: The Legendary Black Samurai Who Reforged His Life’s Path

Artist's representation of a Japanese samurai

In 2021, Netflix released the anime series, Yasuke. It’s based on the real-life African warrior who, after traveling to Japan, became a talented samurai and…

The Purple Heart and Letter That Forever Haunted Harry Truman Following the Korean War

Harry Truman sitting at his desk + Purple Heart

The president of the United States makes a lot of tough decisions. It’s hard to order troops into battle and even more difficult to notify…

The True Story Behind the USS Indianapolis Monologue in ‘Jaws’

Robert Shaw as Quint in 'Jaws'

Jaws (1975) is a thriller and summertime classic directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw. The film is based…

North American B-25 Mitchell: The Most Produced American Medium Bomber of World War II

North American B-25 Mitchell in flight

The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engine medium bomber that saw service throughout the Second World War. Flying in all theaters of the…

The Movies That Made Kirk Douglas One of the War Genre’s Best

Kirk Douglas as Col. Dax in 'Paths of Glory'

Kirk Douglas was a Hollywood legend, with many of his movies about war and military-related topics. He began his career in 1946 after serving with…