World War 1 | War History

Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Paths of Glory’ Was Loosely Based on a Real-Life Tragedy

Todd Neikirk
Kirk Douglas as Col. Dax in 'Paths of Glory'

War movies have always been one of the most popular genres of film and, for many years, they unambiguously portrayed their conflicts as noble. Renowned…

6-Star General: Only Three Individuals Have Been Promoted to the Prestigious Rank

Military portrait of Ulysses S. Grant + Military portrait of John J. Pershing + Military portrait of George Washington

The rank of 6-star general is so high in the US military’s hierarchy that it’s only ever been given out three times. One recipient was…

USS Jacob Jones (DD-61) Found After a Century; First US Destroyer to Be Sunk By An Enemy Vessel

Smoke emanating from a ship hit by a torpedo + The USS Jacob Jones (DD-61) at sea

On December 6, 1917, the Tucker-class destroyer USS Jacob Jones (DD-61) was sailing from Brest, France to Queenstown, Ireland. However, the ship never reached its…

The British Were Harvesting Soldiers’ Organs During WWI

Soldiers kneeling over an injured comrade on the battlefield

A book by Canadian historian Tim Cook has brought to light some disturbing evidence regarding a British program that saw the harvesting of slain Canadian…

The USS Texas (BB-35) Was Intentionally Flooded During D-Day

USS Texas (BB-35) at sea

The USS Texas (BB-35) saw more combat action in her lifetime than most other US battleships, seeing service in both World War I and II,…

Video Game Based on the Battles of the Isonzo Hits Gaming Platforms

Title screen for 'Isonzo'

War enthusiasts and video game fanatics will be excited to learn that the latest release in the WW1 Game Series has officially hit the market.…

The Battle of Cantigny Forever Changed the US Military

Soldiers using flamethrowers during the Battle of Cantigny

The Battle of Cantigny was the first great American victory of the First World War. With a military that was under-trained and ill-prepared, a win…

The Incredible Military Career of Graves Erskine, the US Marine Who Escorted the Unknown Soldier

Graves Erskine standing with John Wayne

When John Wayne and Republic Pictures needed a technical adviser for the 1949 film Sands of Iwo Jima, they reached out to Graves Erskine. It…

A 500-Mile March By French Cavalrymen Helped Bring an End to the First World War

Cavalrymen on horses

Images of the First World War often capture the difficulties of trench warfare, with soldiers on all sides of the conflict engaging in a war…

Battles of the Isonzo: Two Years, Over One Million Casualties

Austrian soldiers take aim with rifles on a mountaintop

Many of the bloodiest battles in World War I occurred along the Western Front. There was, however, another lesser-known combat theater that was as equally…

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

Todd Neikirk
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…

Canadian War Crimes in WW1: How German Soldiers Were Exploited by Canadian Troops

Canadian soldiers sitting on the back of a truck

As World War I dragged on, an unexpected group became known for being ruthless. Canadians, stereotyped as friendly, kind and agreeable, certainly displayed none of…