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Articles by Todd Neikirk:

One of Germany’s Top Test Pilots During World War II Was a Woman

Hanna Reitsch smiling

As with other countries, Germany had a number of pilots to test out new aircraft. While the majority were male, there were some females who…

Operation Northwoods: America’s Proposed Cold War False Flag Operation

Military portrait of Lyman Lemnitzer + Fidel Castro looking to the side

The Cold War was unlike any other time in US history. The Soviet Union had become a threat to democracy and the ideals Americans held…

The Battle of Kuwait International Airport was the Largest Tank Battle in US Marine Corps History

Two destroyed Iraqi tanks in the desert

In the early 1990s, warfare was largely about air superiority, as was shown in the Gulf War. While the tank had once been the king…

The Famous Patton Tank Couldn’t Hold Its Own Against the Indian Army

Pakistani infantrymen running behind a tank

Over the course of six-and-a-half weeks in 1965, India and Pakistan fought a war. They didn’t do it alone, as the world was watching anxiously…

10 of the Most Famous American War Correspondents

Close-up of Daniel Pearl smiling + Portrait of Ernie Pyle + Margaret Bourke-White holding a camera

It’s long been a tradition for serious journalists to embed themselves in the most dangerous situations possible in order to get a story – and…

The Vietnam War Featured Four Exceptional American Snipers

Carlos Hathcock with his medals pinned to his chest + Chuck Mawhinney holding his sniper rifle

The battles of the Vietnam War were unlike any the US military had faced before. Early on in the conflict, officials realized snipers were going…

Indra Lal Roy was India’s Sole Flying Ace During World War I

Royal Air Factory S.E.5a in flight + Portrait of Indra Lal Roy

World War I was the first major conflict to feature aircraft engage in aerial battles. At the time, it was incredibly dangerous to take to…

Gold Dust Twins: The Two Coast Guardsmen Who Saved Chesty Puller’s Marines on Guadalcanal

Painting of US Coast Guardsmen firing weapons from a boat

The Guadalcanal campaign – also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal – is among the most well-known engagements to occur in the Pacific Theater during…

How the Legend of the Gurhkas’ Kukri Blade was Forged

Gurkhas standing in a line with their Kukri blades

In 1814, the British Army first encountered Nepalese soldiers known as Gurkhas. While both were initially enemies, the British later brought the Gurkhas into their…

Clarence L. Tinker: The First Native American to Be Promoted to Major General in US Army History

Clarence L. Tinker sitting at a desk

They don’t make soldiers like Clarence L. Tinker anymore. Born on a Native American reservation in 1887, Tinker was inspired to serve the United States…

All Five of the Second World War’s Triple Aces in a Day Flew for the German Luftwaffe

Messerschmitt Bf 109G parked on a runway

The Second World War saw thousands of air battles between pilots. Germany, which started the conflict in 1939 with its invasion of Poland, held a…

Ukraine is Flying Hind Helicopters Donated By the Czech Republic In its Fight with Russia

Mil Mi-24 Hind in flight

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States were in a constant fight to one-up each other when it came to weapons…