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320th Barrage Balloon Battalion: The Only African-American Unit to Storm Normandy on D-Day

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Ships anchored off the coast of Omaha Beach, while barrage balloons float overhead

“The conventional wisdom of D-Day is that there were no Black soldiers who landed on those beaches, but the truth is that there were almost…

In Photos: Burying the Hatchet at the 1913 Gettysburg Reunion

American Civil War veterans walking by tents at the 1913 Gettysburg Reunion

The 1913 Gettysburg Reunion was an event held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its namesake battle. The engagement, considered the turning point of the…

Johnnie Johnson: The Highest-Scoring Western Allied Air Ace of World War II

Supermarine Spitfire in flight + Johnnie Johnson walking

Several pilots cemented themselves into history with their skills during the Second World War. One aviator, Johnnie Johnson, did more than the average person, taking…

X-32: Boeing’s Jet Fighter Prototype Lost Out to the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

Boeing X-32 taking off

Many unusual-looking aircraft have been developed over the years, but none are as ugly as the Boeing X-32. Designed as part of the Joint Strike…

‘Saving Private Ryan’ Movie Details History Fans Will Appreciate

Tom Hanks as Capt. John Miller in 'Saving Private Ryan'

Saving Private Ryan (1998) is arguably one of the best war films ever released, especially when it comes to depicting what took place during the…

North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco: The Vietnam-Era Light-Attack Aircraft That’s Looking to Make a Comeback

Two North American Rockwell OV-10 Broncos in flight

The North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco was a Vietnam-era light-attack and observation aircraft that was favored by the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.…

The Truth Behind the Christmas Truce of 1914 – Coming Together in No Man’s Land

Christmas Truce of 1914 memorial in Mesen, Belgium

The First World War was a particularly deadly conflict, due to both the number of countries involved and the weapons developed via technological advancements. While,…

The Real-Life Airmen Behind the Highly-Anticipated Miniseries ‘Masters of the Air’

Still from 'Masters of the Air'

Masters of the Air (2024) is the highly-anticipated miniseries from the minds behind Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010). Following the exploits of…

Bell P-63 Kingcobra: The American Fighter-Turned-Soviet Tank Buster

Bell P-63 Kingcobra parked on the tarmac

The Second World War saw the development of several new aircraft, among them the Bell P-63 Kingcobra. Initially developed for use by America, it became…

Henry Kissinger Helped Orchestrate the Deadly Carpet Bombing of Cambodia During the Vietnam War

Henry Kissinger speaking at a microphone

Depending on who you ask, Henry Kissinger is either a revered political figure or a war criminal. Serving as national security advisor during the Nixon…

On Christmas Eve 1944, American and German Soldiers Came Together for a Temporary Truce In the Hürtgen Forest

Troops and tanks moving down a snow-covered road

When you ask someone about a wartime Christmas truce, they’re more likely to bring up the one that occurred along the Western Front in 1914.…

Why Did Japan Attack Pearl Harbor?

Aerial view of Pearl Harbor

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, was a deadly day in the history of the United States, with thousands of military…