Category: Zealous

The M320 Grenade Launcher is a Serious Step-Up From the M203

Soldier aiming an M320 grenade launcher

The M320 grenade launcher is one of the newest in the US military’s arsenal. It was created with the intention of having an equally effective…

William Speakman Held Back 6,000 Enemy Troops with Beer Bottles in Korea

William Speakman in uniform

24-year-old William Speakman volunteered to serve in the Korean War in 1951. He’d joined the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), attached to the 1st Battalion…

How Norwegian Commandos Sabotaged Germany’s Atomic Bomb Research

Richard Harris and Kirk Douglas as Knut Straud and Dr. Rolf Pederson in 'The Heroes of Telemark'

As the Second World War dragged on, both the Allied and Axis powers invested heavily in research that would create the first atomic weapons. The…

10 of the Most Famous American War Correspondents

Close-up of Daniel Pearl smiling + Portrait of Ernie Pyle + Margaret Bourke-White holding a camera

It’s long been a tradition for serious journalists to embed themselves in the most dangerous situations possible in order to get a story – and…

The Vietnam War Featured Four Exceptional American Snipers

Carlos Hathcock with his medals pinned to his chest + Chuck Mawhinney holding his sniper rifle

The battles of the Vietnam War were unlike any the US military had faced before. Early on in the conflict, officials realized snipers were going…

Indra Lal Roy was India’s Sole Flying Ace During World War I

Royal Air Factory S.E.5a in flight + Portrait of Indra Lal Roy

World War I was the first major conflict to feature aircraft engage in aerial battles. At the time, it was incredibly dangerous to take to…

Gold Dust Twins: The Two Coast Guardsmen Who Saved Chesty Puller’s Marines on Guadalcanal

Painting of US Coast Guardsmen firing weapons from a boat

The Guadalcanal campaign – also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal – is among the most well-known engagements to occur in the Pacific Theater during…

A Lone KV-1 Tank Held Off German Advances During the Battle of Raseiniai

Soldier climbing out of a tank

On June 22, 1941, Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, the World War II invasion of the Soviet Union. Despite signing the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact in 1939,…

Veterans Saved the USS Batfish (SS-310) By Moving It to a Soybean Field

USS Batfish (SS-310) in a field

The USS Batfish (SS-310) is a Balao-class submarine that holds the US Navy record for sinking three enemy ships in three days. After serving the military,…

US Army Ranger ‘The Reaper’ Reacts to 11 Sniping Scenes from Popular War Movies – and It’s Rough!

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in 'American Sniper' + Nicholas Irving aiming his rifle + Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell in 'Lone Survivor'

With 33 confirmed kills over a span of just four months – and upwards of 100 unofficial kills – Nicholas Irving, AKA “the Reaper,” is…

Why was the German Cruiser Deutschland’s Name Changed During WWII?

German cruiser Deutschland at sea

Many historic ships have had their names changed or passed on to another. For example, the US Navy has had eight different ships named Enterprise,…

Five-Star Generals: The Nine Men Who Earned the US Military’s Highest Rank

Douglas MacArthur standing in uniform + Military portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower + Chester Nimitz standing in his naval uniform

Following the death of Gen. Omar Bradley in 1981, the elite rank of five-star general feels more like a legend than reality. Since Congress allowed…