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The Doolittle Bombers Traded Their Tail Guns for Broomsticks

James Doolittle and his crew standing together

On April 18, 1942, the United States responded to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor by doing something that had never been done before: launching bombers…

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

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…

Why the Battle of Ortona Was Nicknamed the ‘Italian Stalingrad’

While initially intended to be a super power on the Axis side during World War II, Italy wound up playing a smaller role in the…

Were There German Spies in the French Foreign Legion?

Members of the French Foreign Legion landing on a beach

The French Foreign Legion is a historic and elite part of the French Army. It was created in the 1830s as a way to deal…

Aníbal Augusto Milhais: The Portuguese Soldier ‘Worth a Million Men’

Aníbal Augustus Milhais sitting with his fellow soldiers

The story of Aníbal Augustus Milhais, also known by the nickname Soldado Milhões (“Soldier Millions”), reads like something out of Star Wars. A simple farmer…

PL-01: The Polish Stealth Tank That’s Never Seen the Battlefield

PL-01 on display

Countries are always looking to equip their militaries with the latest equipment, whether that be new firearms or vehicles. In 2013, Poland wowed everyone with…

Most Countries Fail To Spend 2% GDP For Defense Plus More Facts About NATO

If a NATO country is attacked, the entire organization responds. And for this reason, a lot of countries that aren’t members would like to be.…

The Things We Do for Friends: The Film ‘Devotion’ Tells the True Story of Jesse L. Brown and Tom Hudner

The incredible true story of Jesse L. Brown, the first African-American aviator to complete the Navy’s basic flight training program, and the comradeship between him…

Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Wetzel Has Never Stopped Serving

Upbringing and military service Gary Wetzel was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He joined the United States Army in 1965 at the age of…

These Are the 6 Iconic Planes Featured in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

There have been few sequels quite like Top Gun: Maverick. Despite the enormous success of the 1986 film, it took 36 years for a sequel…

The Ace of Spades Was Used By the 101st Airborne Before It Became the ‘Death Card’

Soldiers playing cards

Symbols during wartime are important and, more than that, they are powerful. Winston Churchill famously used the “V for Victory” symbol during World War II,…

Seven Small Details in Military Films That Make Them More Accurate

Gary Sinise as Lt. Dan Taylor in 'Forrest Gump' + Scene from 'Fury'

When filmmakers make movies about the military, they try to be as accurate as possible. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, but…