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:

Georgios Averof: The Greek Armored Cruiser With An Impressive Service History

Georgios Averof at sea

When historians think of the great powers of the Second World War, Greece doesn’t typically come to mind, but it should, as least when it…

August von Mackensen: The German Field Marshal Dubbed ‘The Last Hussar’

August von Mackensen leaning over a table

Hussars originated in Central Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries and were made up of light cavalry soldiers. Though military in nature, they can…

The Best Movie Battle Scenes to Ever Come Out of Hollywood

Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridus in 'Gladiator' + Fionn Whitehead as Tommy Jensen in 'Dunkirk' + Felix Kammerer as Paul Bäumer in 'All Quiet on the Western Front'

By Todd Neikirk and Clare Fitzgerald A number of incredible war films are released each year. Covering both fictional and real-life historical conflicts, many go…

Sinking of the HMT Rohna: The Largest Loss of American Life At Sea During WWII

HMT Rohna at sea

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 saw 1,177 sailors and crewmen onboard the USS Arizona (BB-39) lose their lives. While a…

Frank Luke: The WWI Flying Ace Who Was Like a Real-Life Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell

Frank Luke standing in front of his SPAD S.XIII

While dogfights first occurred during the Mexican Revolution, it wasn’t until the First World War that they became widespread. Upon returning home from service, pilots…

Desert Eagle: The Handgun Loved By Hunters and Hollywood Studios

Two gold-plated Desert Eagles on display

The Desert Eagle is one of the most well-known firearms on the market today. While not intended for use on the battlefield, the weapon has…

USS Thresher (SS-200): The Most Decorated American Submarine of WWII

USS Thresher (SS-200) at sea

During the First World War, Germany deployed a number of vessels that turned naval warfare on its head. Among them were bigger and more effective…

Operation Tannenbaum: Why Didn’t Germany Invade Switzerland?

Swiss guard standing in front of a line of sandbags

Switzerland was able to remain neutral throughout the Second World War. As soon as the conflict broke out in 1939, the nation prepared itself for…

Nambu Pistol: The Japanese WWII-Era Weapon That Heavily Featured in the Pacific

Nambu pistol against a white backdrop

In the early 20th century, Japan was eager to improve its military. The country had high hopes of becoming a world power and, in order…

Norman Lear Flew 52 Combat Missions with the US Army Air Forces During WWII

Norman Lear wearing a suit and hat

Norman Lear is one of the most important individuals in the history of television. Active in the industry since the mid-20th century, he created such…

The Mosin-Nagant Has Seen Over a Century of Service

Lyudmila Pavlichenko aiming a Mosin-Nagant

Firearms saw tremendous advancements throughout the 20th century. One, however, distinguished itself above the rest and has remained in service for well over 100 years.…

LRAC-50 73 mm Bazooka: The Incredibly Effective French Anti-Tank Weapon

Soldier aiming an LRAC-50 73 mm bazooka while another loads a rocket into it

Tank battles were incredibly common during World War I and II. The Germans were equipped with impressive armored fighting vehicles that were effective on the…