Category: History

Gods of War: History’s Greatest Warriors Who Never Lost a Battle

Elisabeth Edwards
Painting of a battle scene + Statue of Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus + Military portrait of George Henry Thomas

Throughout history, the world’s best leaders have, largely, started out as some of the greatest warriors. From the ancient societies of Greece, Rome and Egypt…

Rare Photographs Reveal the Honorable History of Japan’s Samurai

Portrait of four samurai dressed in armor

Japan’s samurai were among the most powerful warriors of their time, rising through the ranks of society to become rulers in their own right. Not…

Deadly Military Uniform Designs That Ultimately Got Soldiers Killed

Samantha Franco
Three re-enactors dressed as British soldiers during the American Revolution

There have been a number of times when fashion outweighed function when it came to military uniforms, sometimes leading to deadly results. The shortfalls that…

The Most Fearsome Military Units of All Time

Todd Neikirk
Swiss Guard marching together + Group of Fallschirmjäger walking together

Intimidation plays an important part in conflict, as do teamwork and skill. The most fearsome military units in history combined these three traits, as well…

6-Star General: Only Two Individuals Have Been Promoted to the Prestigious Rank

Samantha Franco
Portrait of John J. Pershing + Painting of George Washington

The rank of 6-star general is so high in the US military’s hierarchy that the designation has only ever been given out twice. Only one…

Cavalry Scouts Have Been An Integral Part of the US Army for Centuries

Todd Neikirk
Cavalry Scouts jumping out of a helicopter hovering low over the ground

The US Army was officially founded on June 14, 1775. Just a few months later, the Cavalry Scouts were created. These soldiers have played an…

Downing of Extortion 17: The Single Deadliest Incident of the US War in Afghanistan

Samantha Franco
Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter in flight

On August 6, 2011, the final flight of Extortion 17 resulted in the single deadliest incident for the US military during the War in Afghanistan.…

Battle of Norfolk: The Largest Tank Battle of the First Gulf War

Clare Fitzgerald
Destroyed Iraqi tanks in defensive entrenchments

The First Gulf War consisted of a number of fierce battles between the Iraqi and coalition forces. The first phase of the conflict, dubbed Operation…

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

Todd Neikirk
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

Todd Neikirk
Pakistani infantrymen running behind a tank

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

The US Military Used Tourist Maps to Prepare for the Invasion of Grenada

Samantha Franco
US Marines sitting on a captured Soviet-made BRDM-2 amphibious armored scout car

When the US military invaded Grenada in 1983, troops were grossly unprepared. Knowing little about the country, officials had to get inventive in order to…

The True Story Behind the Events of ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’

Todd Neikirk
Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks as Joanne Herring and Charlie Wilson in 'Charlie Wilson's War' + Charlie Wilson smiling

Charlie Wilson’s War premiered in 2007. The film boasted such A-list talent as Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, and was a critical success, earning five…