Category: HISTORY

The longest kill shot ever recorded in the history of warfare – Afghanistan, 2009

A corporal of the Horse and a member of the elite British Household Cavalry unit holds the record for achieving the longest kill shot ever…

The Origins and History of The Last Post

Chances are, you have heard the notes of the Last Post. The lone notes, played by a military bugler, trumpeting the notes of the song…

Development of the Awe-inspiring Triple Walls of Constantinople

The great city of Constantinople was one of the most impressive and impregnable cities in the world for over 1,000 years. It retained the glory…

How Climate Change Helped the Swedes March Across A Frozen Sea And Defeat The Danes

It all started in 1655 during the Second Northern War. Sweden was fighting against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Russia, Brandenburg-Prussia, the Habsburg Monarchy, Denmark-Norway, and sometimes,…

Medal of Honor Recipient Kyle Carpenter and the Men Who Jumped On Live Grenades Before Him

Despite what the movies might tell you, an exploding grenade doesn’t create a large fireball from which the receiving soldiers must jump into a body…

Royal Marine Threw Himself on a Grenade, Walked Away with a Bloody Nose and the George Cross

He shouldn’t have lived.  And in fact, if you were to ask him, he would tell you that at the time he thought for sure…

Thwarting the British Empire’s Sunset: The Battle of Kalunga, 1814

By Frank Jastrzembski 1814 was an important year in the British Empire. The Allied Sixth Coalition forces defeated the armies of Napoleon and forced him…

Johnny Horton: American War Balladeer Taught History Through Music

Johnny Horton, known also as “The Singing Fisherman”, led a life as adventurous and interesting as his storied songs. He grew up in Texas and…

First Recipient of Victoria Cross Picked Up Live Enemy Shell with Fuse Still Hissing, Saving The Ship

Valor in the midst of warfare is nothing new and has been the hallmark of gallant stories throughout history.  But with every medal a nation…

Cockleshell Heroes – The Story of Extreme Bravery, Sacrifice and Endurance – But Was It All Worth It

The raid was brilliant and daring. It rattled the Germans in their boots, inspired a surge in the French resistance, and started the age of…

10 Bizarre Uses of Animals in War

Horses have been used as mounts and to transport supplies for thousands of years. Elephants, camels and mules have all served similar functions, as fighting…

Able Seacat Simon – Received Dickin Medal For Heroism On British Ship

Able Seacat Simon was an orphan who grew up on the dockyards of Hong Kong before finding work aboard a British ship. There, he protected…