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:

The Success of George H. Thomas’ Union Soldiers During the American Civil War

Military portrait of George H. Thomas

The two most famous Union generals of the American Civil War are William Tecumseh Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant. One other name that should be…

Dimitar Peshev: The Politician Who Saved 48,000 Bulgarian Jews from Deportation

Portrait of Dimitar Pershev

During the Second World War, Bulgaria was committed to staying neutral. That does not mean, however, that its Jewish citizens were safe. Jews had lived…

This Polish Submarine is Famous for the WWII Incident Named After It

ORP Orzeł docked

When World War II first broke out, a number of countries close to the action wanted no part of it. Estonia was one of them.…

The Medal of Honor Recipient Who Shot Someone He Accused of Being a Communist Spy

Arthur Jackson shaking hands with President Harry Truman

Arthur Jackson enlisted in the US Marine Corps when he was only 18 years old. He quickly became a super soldier, earning both the Purple…

Peleliu Was One of the Bloodiest Battles in Marine Corps History

American troops making an advance

The Imperial Japanese Army and Navy were known for their rigidity and resistance to change. Owing to the terrain of the land, however, their service…

The A-6 Intruder was the US Military’s Aircraft of Choice During the Vietnam War

A-6 Intruder landing on the USS Nimitz (CVN-68)

Over the course of World War II and the Korean War, the use of aircraft saw a rapid increase. As a result, the technology of…

The Legendary Mauser Karabiner 98k and Its Use Throughout History

German sniper team with Mauser Karabiner 98k rifles fitted with a Dialytan RH36 4×32 telescopic sight in position amongst rubble

During the Second World War, Germany hoped to take over, and the Mauser Karabiner 98k was the weapon they were going to use to accomplish…

The Poor Treatment of Bulgaria’s Jewish Population During World War II

Two men at a memorial ceremony for Bulgarian Jews

Jewish people are said to have first settled in Bulgaria in the year 46 CE. They’ve created a long and rich history over their almost-2,000…

Why Did the US Army Attack the Lakota Sioux at Wounded Knee?

Painting of the Massacre at Wounded Knee

On December 29, 1890, soldiers with the US Army opened fire on hundreds of Lakota Sioux. The group of Native Americans was largely unarmed and…

How the STEN Submachine Gun Helped the British Army During WWII

Soldier with Durham Light Infantry with a STEN Mk III + STEN Mk II

Machine guns began to see use in warfare toward the end of the 1800s, and throughout the 20th century the technology behind the weaponry rapidly…

The Last Stand of the Swiss Guard: A Deadly Fight to Defend Rome from Mercenaries

Painting of the Sack of Rome

History is full of stories about outnumbered armies making brave stands against scores of foes. While the Swiss Guard often look ceremonial with their halberds…

John Levitow: The Lowest-Ranking US Air Force Airman to Receive the Medal of Honor

Tracer rounds in the sky at night + Military portrait of John Levitow

John Levitow came from humble beginnings, but achieved great things. By the time he retired from his career with the US Air Force, he was…