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The Molotov Cocktail: A Quick History Of The Surprisingly Effective Weapon

Todd Neikirk
A protester throws a Molotov cocktail in Kiev, Ukraine in 2014

Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24th of 2022. Ukrainian soldiers are taking on the Russian troops, but so are a number of Ukrainian civilians.…

Tom Lehrer Invented Jello Shots to Skirt The Military’s No Alcohol in Bases Policy

Todd Neikirk
Tom Lehrer being interviewed

Tom Lehrer is one of the more interesting people of the last 100 years. He is a man of many gifts, though he has sometimes…

William McRaven: One of the Most Famous Navy SEALs in American History

Todd Neikirk
Admiral McRaven speaking at a podium

William McRaven is one of the most famous Navy SEALs in American history. A four-star admiral, he was in command and helped organize the operation…

Vasily Zaytsev: Successful Red Army Sniper During World War II

Vasily Zaytsev with two other Red Army soldiers

The Germans invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, during Operation Barbarossa. The action inspired young men and women across Russia to take up arms. One…

P-80 Shooting Star: The Fighter Jet that Took Out America’s Top Flying Ace of WWII

Richard Bong in the cockpit of his airplane

During World War I, Eddie Rickenbacker became America’s top flying ace. By the time World War II came around, airplane technology had improved significantly. As…

Hosea Williams: A War Hero Whose Mistreatment At Home Led Him To Civil Rights Activism

Todd Neikirk
Civil Rights Activist Hosea Williams speaks at a press conference

Hosea Williams was one of the most prominent Civil Rights activists of the 20th Century. He was a key confidant to Martin Luther King Jr.…

The Maxim Gun Changed Warfare With Devastating Results

Todd Neikirk
A classic Maxim machine gun on display in Poland

The Gatling gun, first created in 1861, was used by the Union Army during the Civil War. The powerful weapon also saw use in the…

The True Story Behind The Main Characters Of Netflix’s ‘Vikings: Valhalla’

Todd Neikirk
Leo Suter portrays Harald Sigurdson in Vikings: Valhalla

Netflix recently debuted Vikings: Valhalla, the sequel to the hit show, Vikings, which originally aired on the History Channel. This tale, taking place 100 years…

5 African-American Veterans Who Fought For Civil Rights

Civil rights and WWII veterans who fought for them at home

Racism ran rampant during World War II. Still, many African-Americans proudly served their country during the conflict. And when many of them returned, they became…

Medal of Honor Recipient Alexander Bonnyman Jr. Dropped Out Of Princeton To Join The Army

Soldiers who fought in World War II came from all walks of life. And because of their varying backgrounds, they brought their own unique skills…

The Japanese Set Up Internment Camps in the Philippines During WWII

Santo Tomas Internment Camp

During World War II, the United States forced 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps. The action represented one of the darker moments in American history.…

5 Embarrassing Battle Losses From Military History

Todd Neikirk
Finnish soldiers man a Maxim gun during the Winter War

There are simple rules governing most battle victories in recorded history. And one of them is; if one army has a significant advantage in terms…