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Articles by Todd Neikirk:

Five Myths About the American Civil War That Need to Be Addressed

Artist's depiction of the Battle of Shiloh

One of the most – if not the most – prominent topics in US history is the American Civil War. While the majority of what’s…

The History of the US Navy’s TOPGUN School

Tom Cruise and Larry Gilyard starring in 'Top Gun'

The popular Tom Cruise movie Top Gun debuted in theaters in 1986, and features Cruise and his co-stars attending the US Navy’s TOPGUN school –…

The Titanium Used to Construct the SR-71 Blackbird Came from the Soviet Union

SR-71 Blackbird in flight

Aviation technology rapidly advanced during the 20th century, but as the aircraft advanced, so too did the machines and technology designed to detect them. In…

Konstantin Rokossovsky Was the Marshal of Two Armies During the 20th Century

Konstantin Rokossovsky dressed in winter gear

Russia during the first half of the 20th century was both massive and constantly engaged in military conflict. One man who made a name for…

The Secret Military Plans Switzerland Put In Place to Survive the Cold War

View of the Bad Seckingen covered bridge

Switzerland has long been considered one of the most neutral countries in the world, having always endeavored to avoid war. That resistance to conflict, however,…

Anti-War Resistance in the US Military During the Vietnam War

Newspaper clippings about resistance to the Vietnam War

Following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II, many American civilians were eager to go off to war. It was a much…

The Paranormal and Out of This World Experiences of RAF Commander Victor Goddard

Painting of Victor Goddard + Silhouette

Those who participated in the World Wars saw and experienced things they could never have imagined. Victor Goddard, a member of the Royal Air Force…

‘Bonanza’ Star Dan Blocker Heroically Served His Country During the Korean War

Dan Blocker dressed in Western attire

Bonanza, which ran from 1959-73, was one of America’s favorite television series. At the heart of the show was Eric “Hoss” Cartwright, played by Dan…

The USS Midway’s Aircraft Were Credited with the First MiG Kills in Vietnam

Vought F4U Cosairs taking off from the USS Midway (CVA-41)

Air battles became very common during World War II. As a result, the leading powers in the world had to build more aircraft carriers. The…

Leading the Way: The Greatest Military Leaders in Historical War Movies

Willem Dafoe + Alec Guinness + Tom Hanks

There are few things more important in the military than leadership. Oftentimes, the quality of a unit’s leader(s) can be the difference between victory and…

Tensions Between American and Australian Troops Led to the Battle of Brisbane

US soldiers marching through King George Square

During World War II, the American forces had their hands full with fighting the Germans in Europe and the Imperial Japanese Army in the Pacific.…

Phil Bucklew: The Father of US Naval Special Warfare

Navy SEALS training + Portrait of Phil Bucklew

Following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, individuals from all kinds of professions enlisted in the US military, including musicians, movie stars and athletes. Phil…