Category: HISTORY

Today the US military is one of the largest in the world by a number of personnel, with over 1.4 million active-duty servicemembers and another…

Javelin Missile Test

The Javelin missile is part of a long line of systems designed to allow infantry to deal with armored targets. This formidable weapon came into…

From March 1948 to November 1949, the British frigate HMS Amethyst was accompanied by a friendly cat named Simon. The crew of the ship took…

US Navy - Seaplane

Prior to the end of the second world war, flying boats were an important tool for navies all around the world. The US Navy was…

The White House Burned Down

Usually the British are used to unexpected changes in the weather, but during the War of 1812, the British were caught out by a sudden…

M42 Duster

From 1966 until the end of the Vietnam War, the relatively small yet extremely deadly M42 Duster was brought out of retirement and used against…

USS Scorpion Submarine

In 1968 a US nuclear submarine suddenly disappeared in the Atlantic ocean, one of only two nuclear submarines to have been lost by the US.…

For the first few decades after humanity conquered flight, flying boats consistently ranked among the largest aircraft in the world. In fact, the H-4 Hercules,…

Luna 1 Soviet Satellite

The Space Race was an amazing display of technological excellence, but it also doubled as a direct metric for the US and USSR’s superiority. Although…

Operation Union II Photo

In August 1944 Maj. Peter J. Ortiz and five other US Marines parachuted into Europe to help the French Resistance. After one of the Marines…

Operation Greif and the man who led it

Deception is a useful and commonly used military tactic. It can be used to confuse your enemy, feed them wrong information so they draw up…

American soldiers during the Vietnam War

Pascal Cleatus Poolaw was a veteran of WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, receiving the Purple Heart in each. Over his military career,…