Tag: World War I

Konstantin Rokossovsky Was the Marshal of Two Armies During the 20th Century

Konstantin Rokossovsky dressed in winter gear

Russia during the first half of the 20th century was both massive and constantly engaged in military conflict. One man who made a name for…

Adrian Carton de Wiart: The Unkillable Soldier Who Frankly Enjoyed War

Artist's portrait of Adrian Carton de Wiart + Adrian Carton de Wiart sitting in a chair

Adrian Carton de Wiart. Not many people know the name, but it belonged to one of the most battle-scarred soldiers in the history of the…

British Tank Crew Survived Being Stuck in No Man’s Land for Three Days

Mark IV tank stuck in the mud

The Third Battle of Ypres – better known as the Battle of Passchendaele – is famous for the difficult conditions the British had to contend…

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…

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…

USS New York (BB-34): The Only US Ship to Sink a German U-boat In WWI

USS New York firing at Japanese targets

The USS New York (BB-34) was a US Navy battleship and the lead vessel of her two-ship class. Named after the state of New York, she…

The History of Snake Island: From WWI to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Ukrainian flag flying on Snake Island

One of the most contentious places in Eastern Europe is Snake Island. Located 30 miles off the southern coast of Ukraine in the Black Sea,…

Smedley Butler Had an Incredible Career in the US Marine Corps

Smedley Butler sitting in a chair

Smedley Butler was born into privilege, but decided to fight for his country when he was just a teen. He became one of America’s most…

Legendary Battles That Would Make Outstanding Films

Artist's depiction of the Battle of Belleau Wood + Swedish machine gunner aiming a machine gun in the snow

War movies have been popular for as long as films have existed. As a result, some of the more popular subjects have been completely exhausted.…

Dan Daly: The Legendary Marine of Big Words and Bigger Deeds

Military portrait of Dan Daly + Dan Daly being presented with the Médaille militaire

“My God! Do you mean he’s real? I thought he was somebody the Marines made up, like Paul Bunyan!” These words were said by a…

The Cruiser Aurora Signaled the Start of the Russian Revolution

Aurora at sea

The October Revolution was one of the key events of the larger Russian Revolution, and the Russian cruiser Aurora signaled its start. Constructed at the…

The Amazing Life of Eugene Bullard: Boxer, Nightclub Owner and Military Pilot

Eugene Bullard wearing his Legionnaire uniform

Eugene Bullard was the first Black American military pilot, flying combat missions for France during the First World War. He left the United States with…