Todd Neikirk

Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics, entertainment and history writer. His work has been featured in,, and He enjoys sports, politics, comic books, and anything that has to do with history.

When he is not sitting in front of a laptop, Todd enjoys soaking up everything the Jersey Shore has to offer with his wife, two sons and American Foxhound, Wally.

Articles by Todd Neikirk:

Bren Light Machine Gun: The British Weapon That Featured Heavily in North Africa

British soldier aiming a Bren light machine gun

The early 20th century featured both massive wars and rapid advances in technology. Among the most prominent and effective weapons to emerge during this time…

Vietnam War Movies That Best Show the Realities of the Conflict

Robert De Niro as Michael Vronsky in 'The Deer Hunter' + Martin Sheen as Capt. Benjamin L. Willard in 'Apocalypse Now'

Life was forever changed for the 2.7 million individuals who served in Vietnam. The realities of the war also changed cinema. Rather than show the…

MG-42: The German Machine Gun That Mowed Down Enemies On the Battlefield

German soldier lying beside an MG-42

The Second World War was fought with a number of new technologies and weapons. In a conflict this intense, each nation was desperate to get…

The Most Dangerous Aircraft to Ever Take to the Skies

Two Supermarine Spitfires in flight + Lockheed AC-130H in flight

Since the First World War, aircraft have been key to winning major skirmishes. Not only do they provide fire support from the air, they can…

HMS Royal Oak (08): The Royal Navy Battleship That Fought Valiantly During the Battle of Jutland

HMS Royal Oak (08) at sea

Battleships were extremely important during the First World War, and the British Royal Navy had some of the most impressive vessels of the conflict. They…

John McCain Survived Being Imprisoned By the North Vietnamese for Over Five Years

John McCain and three squad members standing around a North American T-2 Buckeye

During the years he served in the US Senate, John McCain was known for being a maverick. He earned this reputation by sticking to his…

10 Mistakes Made By the Filmmakers Behind ‘Pearl Harbor’

Promotional image for 'Pearl Harbor,' featuring Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Josh Hartnett

Director Michael Bay made his mark with films like The Rock (1996), Bad Boys (1995) and Armageddon (1998). He was eventually given the chance to…

The US Army Once Tried to Turn a Nerf Football Into a Grenade

US Marine preparing to throw a grenade

The Cold War was a time of near constant military innovation. The frequent advancement of weapons of war required a fast response, which sometimes meant…

Cavalry Scouts Have Been An Integral Part of the US Army for Centuries

Cavalry Scouts jumping out of a helicopter hovering low over the ground

The US Army was officially founded on June 14, 1775. Just a few months later, the Cavalry Scouts were created. These soldiers have played an…

Flakpanzer Gepard: A Cold War-Era Anti-Aircraft Gun That Continues to See Use

Five German soldiers standing on top of a Flakpanzer Gepard

In May 1955, nearly a decade after the end of the Second World War, West Germany joined NATO. Reacting to the decision, the Soviet Union…

John Wheeler and the Missing Papers That Nearly Sparked a Cold War Catastrophe

Mushroom cloud rising into the sky + Portrait of John Wheeler

Even the most brilliant people on the planet can sometimes be a bit absent-minded. John Wheeler certainly fit this category. The theoretical physicist is credited…

Van Barfoot: MoH Recipient Who Singlehandedly Captured 17 German Soldiers and Disabled a Tiger Tank

US soldiers walking by a smoking Tiger tank + Military portrait of Van Barfoot + Medal of Honor

The Second World War featured countless examples of heroism. Still, the efforts of Van Barfoot stand out to this day. When faced with multiple German…