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Marie Marvingtf: The WWI and WWII Pilot And Nurse Who Lived An Incredible Life

A drawing of Marie Marvingt's air ambulance

Marie Marvingt was so renowned for her courage that in 1903, she was nicknamed “the fiancee of danger.’ She was many other things as well.…

US Troops in Vietnam Hated the M16 So Much They Picked Up the Enemy’s AK-47s

US Navy sailor firing an M16 rifle

The M16 rifle was initially adopted for use in jungle warfare operations in Vietnam. However, it wound up being such an unreliable weapon that American…

Hagia Sophia’s 1,500-Year-Old Imperial Gate Vandalized

Damian Lucjan
Hagia Sophia at sunset

The Hagia Sophia’s historic Imperial Gate, which dates back to the 6th century, was severely damaged on April 18, 2022. The vandalism was discovered that…

Time Capsule at Arlington National Cemetery Reveals Preserved Artifacts

Overhead view of the contents of the Memorial Amphitheater time capsule

In May 2020, archivists and historians at Arlington National Cemetery announced the debut of an online exhibit dedicated to the items found within a 105-year-old…

From the Scythians to Russia: The Use of Scorched Earth Tactics in War

US Air Force helicopter spraying Agent Orange over the jungle

Scorched earth tactics have been used nearly as long as armies have conducted military campaigns. While the practice is less common in modern times, it…

The USS Houston: The Galloping Ghost of World War II

The USS Houston sails in San Diego in 1935

During World War II, with so many far-flung combatants, there were many battles fought on the sea. The USS Houston was one of the Allies’…

Classic Hollywood Actors Who Served During World War I

Humphrey Bogart dressed in his US Navy uniform + Military portrait of Spencer Tracy

While it was still a relatively new phenomenon, Hollywood studios were cranking out film after film during the 1920s and ’30s. As a result, many…

The Spencer Repeating Rifle Saved ‘A Thousand Lives’ During the Battle of Hoover’s Gap

Spencer Repeating Rifle + John T. Wilder

When the Spencer Repeating Rifle was first recommended to the US Department of War, it was turned away due to the notion it would be…

WW2-Era Museum Ship USS The Sullivans Sinks At Its Pier

Damian Lucjan
Sinking USS The Sullivan

USS The Sullivans (DD-537) was partially sunk on Wednesday at its pier at the Buffalo Naval Park in Buffalo, New York. The direct cause of…

The Manhattan Project Resulted in the Creation of Another Bomb: Thin Man

Todd Neikirk
An atomic bomb explodes during the Trinity test in 1945

To hasten the end of the Second World War, the United States dropped atomic bombs on two Japanese cities; Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Warfare was changed…

Frederick Banting: The Co-Discoverer of Insulin Served in Both World Wars

Frederick Banting working at a desk

Shortly before 2:00 AM on October 31, 1920, Frederick Banting woke up from a dream that would change the lives of millions. He quickly scribbled…

The US Navy’s First Escort Carrier Shined During the Guadalcanal Campaign

USS Long Island at sea

Did you know the US produced 122 escort carriers during World War II? This staggering number makes it difficult to remember the achievements of one…