Samantha Franco

Samantha Franco is a Freelance Content Writer who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Guelph, and her Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Western Ontario. Her research focused on Victorian, medical, and epidemiological history with a focus on childhood diseases. Stepping away from her academic career, Samantha previously worked as a Heritage Researcher and now writes content for multiple sites covering an array of historical topics.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, knitting, and hanging out with her dog, Chowder!

Articles by Samantha Franco:

Alan Turing’s Efforts to Decode German Enigma During World War II

Alan Turing sitting in a chair outside

Alan Turing was a British mathematician and cryptanalyst who worked tirelessly with a team of codebreakers during the Second World War. Together, they cracked encrypted…

Benelli M4: The Superior Semi-Automatic Shotgun Built Specifically For Combat

US Marine holding a Benelli M1014

Produced by Italian firearms manufacturer Benelli Armi SpA, the M4 semi-automatic shotgun is the fourth and final model of the Super 90 line. Built for…

Mont-Saint-Michel Was ‘Liberated’ By One Soldier and Two Reporters In World War II

View of Mont-Saint-Michel

During the Second World War, Mont-Saint-Michel was occupied by German soldiers, making it a highly-visited destination for the enemy. For four years, the French were…

There Was Almost a ‘Forrest Gump’ Sequel – A National Tragedy Prevented Its Development

Still from 'Forrest Gump'

Arguably one of the greatest films ever made, Forrest Gump (1994) charmed audiences around the world, smashing the box office and bringing several quotes into daily…

Cairo: The US Navy SEAL Involved In Taking Out Osama bin Laden Was Also A Dog

US Navy SEALs disembarking from a Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk onto the flight deck of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)

The death of Osama bin Laden is one of the biggest moments in history, and one name stands out among the heroes who were involved…

What Does John Wick’s Back Tattoo Say? The Meaning & His Marine Corps Connection

Keanu Reeves as John Wick in 'John Wick'

The John Wick franchise has been popular ever since the first film was released in 2014. Something that’s noticeably missing is any kind of explanation…

Goodyear Once Developed An Inflatable Aircraft Known As The ‘Inflatoplane’

Goodyear 446/XAO-2 Inflatoplane in flight

During the 1950s, Goodyear became more involved with the US military, trying its hand at creating an aircraft that was compact enough to be delivered…

Emotional Drone Footage of Margraten American Cemetery

Line of trees leading to the tower at Margraten American Cemetery

Drone footage has captured the true magnitude of the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten. Built to serve as a final resting place for…

Walt Disney Served As An Ambulance Driver for the Red Cross During World War I

Walt Disney holding a Donald Duck plushie and a copy of the book, 'Alice In Wonderland'

Growing up, Walt Disney had a passion for drawing. He pursued this as he matured, turning sketching into not just a career, but the biggest…

Albert Hickman: The F3H Demon Pilot Who Refused to Eject and Saved the Lives of 700 Americans

McDonnell F3H Demon in flight

Disaster doesn’t just strike in the heat of battle; there are times when things go wrong during training, which put servicemen’s lives in danger. That’s…

The TV Adaptation of ‘Das Boot’ Continues Where the Original Film Left Off

Still from 'Das Boot'

If you loved the 1981 film, Das Boot, then you’re going to love that there’s a recent TV series. Produced by Bavaria Fiction for Sky…

Portraying Frank Perconte In ‘Band of Brothers’ Forever Changed James Madio’s Life

Still from 'Band of Brothers' + James Madio dressed in a suit jacket and collared shirt

Band of Brothers (2001), the acclaimed television miniseries that chronicles the harrowing experiences of Easy Company during World War II, had a dramatic impact not…