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Vincent Speranza: The American Soldier Who Went On An Epic Beer Run to Help a Comrade

Military portrait of Vincent Speranza + Portrait of Vincent Speranza

Soldiers who’ve been injured in battle can often be comforted with items that remind them of home. During the Siege of Bastogne in World War…

The Maxim Gun Changed Warfare – With Devastating Results

Soldier aiming a Maxim gun

The Gatling gun, created in 1861, was equipped by the Union Army during the American Civil War. This powerful weapon also saw use throughout the…

These Unsettling Facts About WWII Aren’t Taught In School

WWII-era German aircraft flying over a destroyed city

Volumes have been written about the Second World War. Generations of students have learned about the conflict and, depending on the extent of their education,…

The Seven US Presidents Who Served During WWII

George H.W. Bush sitting in the cockpit of an aircraft + Military portrait of John F. Kennedy + Dwight D. Eisenhower standing with his hands on his hips

Future US Presidents have fought in nearly every conflict in the country’s history, but WWII was different. Seven were members of the military during the…

Facts About the Guadalcanal Campaign That Show It Was a Pivotal Point In the Pacific Theater

US Marines landing ashore on Guadalcanal

The battles of Iwo Jima and Midway are well remembered as two of the most important engagements in the Pacific Theater of the Second World…

Quentin Roosevelt is the Only Child of a US President to Be Killed in Combat

Quentin Roosevelt's grave marker + Quentin Roosevelt in his military uniform

Many US presidents served in the military before taking office – in fact, 31 have had some experience in the armed forces. There’s long been…

Fish and Chips Boosted the British Public’s Morale During World War II

British soldiers lining up outside of a fish and chips stand

To defeat Germany during World War II, the British public had to give up many staple items, and, for the most part, they did so…

The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 ‘Sturmböcke’ Was Designed to Take On the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-6 parked in grass

In the early stages of World War II, aerial combat over Europe was dominated by two particular aircraft: the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Supermarine Spitfire.…

Release Date, Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Released for Netflix Adaptation of ‘All the Light We Cannot See’

Louis Hofmann as Werner Pfennig in 'All The Light We Cannot See'

A behind-the-scenes featurette for the Netflix adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All The Light We Cannot See has been released, along with a premiere…

USS Massachusetts (BB-59): The Battleship that Fired the Last Shot of World War II

USS Massachusetts (BB-59) at sea

The USS Massachusetts (BB-59), one of the fast battleships of the South Dakota-class, was built under the limitations enforced by the Washington and London naval…

The Second World War Helped Launch Dick Van Dyke’s Acting Career

Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Sr. in 'Mary Poppins'

Is the fountain of youth real? A lot of movie fans seem to think it is. Actors like Paul Rudd, Jenifer Aniston and, of course,…

Why Do US Navy Sailors Have 13-Button Pants?

Portrait of a US Navy sailor standing with his arms crossed and wearing 13-button pants

Navies across the world have traditions, some dating back hundreds of years. Many are so old that their origins have long since been forgotten. However,…