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The 82-Day Battle of Okinawa Began With the Largest Amphibious Landing in the Pacific Theater

American vessels, military equipment and servicemen along the coast of Okinawa

The Battle of Okinawa began just a few weeks before Germany surrendered to the Allies. It was the last major engagement in the Pacific Theater…

WW2 Motorcycles: 9 Military Motorcycles That Were Used in WW2

Harley-Davidson WLA parked outside

Though less powerful and protective than other vehicles used during WW2, motorcycles were widely fielded throughout the conflict. They proved to be useful among messengers…

Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum: The Versatile Air Superiority Fighter That Could Launch Ground Attacks

Mikoyan MiG-29S in flight

The Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum is a Soviet air superiority fighter that’s earned the respect of many pilots throughout the world. It entered service in the…

Sergei Aleshkov: ‘Seryozha’ Was the Youngest Soldier in WWII at 6 Years Old

Red Army troops firing their guns from the remnants of a building

The stories about children of war are often tragic; the Second World War, for example, claimed the lives of millions. Some were sent to concentration…

31 US Presidents Have Served In the Military

Military portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower + Military portrait of Jimmy Carter + Military portrait of George Washington

Well over 50 percent of the men who’ve served as president of the United States have also seen service in the military – in war,…

You’ve Likely Never Heard of the USS Parche (SSN-683), the US Navy’s Most Decorated Warship

Tugboat sailing past the USS Parche (SSN-683) while she's surfaced

It’s likely you’ve never heard of the US Navy’s most decorated warship and that’s because it never wanted you to know about the USS Parche…

Operation Ranch Hand: The US Military’s Devastating Chemical Warfare Campaign During the Vietnam War

Three Fairchild UC-123B Providers spraying herbicide over a forest

Beginning in 1962 and continuing until ’71, the US military, under the approval of President John F. Kennedy, sprayed well over 19 million gallons of…

Thomas Norris: The Inspiration for ‘Bat*21’ Who Saved Two Downed Pilots in Vietnam

Nguyễn Văn Kiệt and Thomas Norris standing together

It might come as a surprise, given their reputation as fierce fighters, but only three US Navy SEALs received the Medal of Honor for their…

Battle of Mogadishu: The Devastating Engagement That Inspired ‘Black Hawk Down’

Still from 'Black Hawk Down'

When Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down came out in 2001, it had all the features of a great movie. Along with drama, tension and tragedy,…

Smoky: The 7-Inch Yorkie Whose Heroics Saved 250 Men and Kept 40 US Aircraft Operational in the Pacific

AI rendering of Smoky sitting in a helmet on the jungle floor

Dogs have been a part of warfare since the beginning of history. What most individuals usually envisage is a German Shepherd or some other trusty…

19 Behind-the-Scenes Facts We Didn’t Know About ‘Kelly’s Heroes’

Still from 'Kelly's Heroes'

Kelly’s Heroes (1970) is among the most popular World War II-era films ever released. The basis comes from the famed book by Ian Sayer and…

Little-Known Facts About ‘The Dirty Dozen’ – Charles Bronson Threatened Lee Marvin!

Still from 'The Dirty Dozen'

The Dirty Dozen (1967) is a classic war film that features a number of the biggest Hollywood stars of the time: Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine,…