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Congress To Honor Wwii Army Rangers
The Senate has unanimously passed a bill co-sponsored by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), both veterans, to award the Congressional Gold Medal to U.S. Army Rangers who served in World War II. Precursors to the modern-day Ran
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Battle Of The Standard
Europe had been wracked by scores of succession crises by the 1135 outbreak of the Anarchy, an English civil war prompted by the death of Henry I, who left no direct male heir. He had designated daughter Matilda as his successor, but his nephew Steph
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War Record
China enters the Korean War (P. 56), a month later launching the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, which prompts the withdrawal of U.N. troops from North Korea. Among history’s famed female war leaders (P. 22), former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir is o
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Tommy’s Other Guns
Brigadier General John T. Thompson was the inventor of the Thompson submachine gun, the iconic “Tommy gun” of so many gangster movies. Even people who are not historians, history buffs or gun enthusiasts give the Thompson recognition only a select fe
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Last Of The Nazi War Crimes Trials?
A German court recently handed down a two-year suspended sentence to 93-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard Bruno Dey, convicted of 5,230 counts of accessory to murder in what may be the last Holocaust-related war crimes trial. Dey claims t
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Temple Of Doom
In 1936 Adolf Hitler’s Schutzstaffel—the dreaded SS—began transforming a medieval castle abbey associated with Germany’s first king into a Nazi worship center. The shrine to the Führer and National Socialism was in the scenic town of Quedlinburg, ami
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Victoria Cross For Aussie Hero
Royal Australian Navy Ordinary Seaman Edward “Teddy” Sheean has been awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. The Tasmanian sailor was just 18 on Dec. 1, 1942, when HMAS Armidale was struck by Japanese torpedo bombers in the Timor Sea during World War II
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Korea
When North Korea sought to reunify with South Korea by force on June 25, 1950, a small peninsula in East Asia turned into an international hot spot amid the steadily intensifying Cold War. The United Nations Security Council roundly condemned the inv
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Nat’l Museum For Mounted Warriors In The Works
Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy has approved construction of the $11M, 58,000-square-foot National Mounted Warrior Museum at Fort Hood, Texas. The museum will honor the cavalry units that have served at the post and relate the general history of
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‘Ablest Soldier Of His Age’
The military profession today is a matter of nationality. Modern-era soldiers spend their careers serving the country of their citizenship. It wasn’t always that way. In centuries past the international brotherhood of arms was almost a nationality in
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USS Texas Has New Caretaker
The nonprofit Battleship Texas Foundation has assumed operational control of USS Texas—the last surviving battleship to have fought in both world wars—having signed a 99-year lease with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. The first U.S. battleship
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Women at War
The War Queens: Extraordinary Women Who Ruled the Battlefield, by Jonathan W. Jordan and Emily Anne Jordan, Diversion Books, New York, 2020, $27.99 It has been said the female of the species is deadlier than the male. This entertaining new volume, wr
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USS New Jersey Shuts to Public
The battleship USS New Jersey, which has operated as a museum ship on the Camden, N.J., waterfront since 2001, has temporarily closed due to a drop in revenue tied to the coronavirus shutdown. Launched in 1942, New Jersey served in the Pacific during
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Recommended
By Kevin Weddle The author, a professor at the U.S. Army War College, offers an authoritative history of the 1777 Battle of Saratoga, explaining how General John Burgoyne’s underestimation of American forces turned a British foraging expedition into
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Wilmington Named Wwii Heritage City
President Trump has named Wilmington, N.C., the nation’s first official World War II Heritage City. For a city to receive the National Park Service designation, it must have made a significant contribution to the war effort and actively preserved its
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Hallowed Ground The Great Chain, West Point, N.Y.
From the outset of the American Revolutionary War it was apparent to the combatant armies that control of the Hudson River Valley would in all likelihood determine the outcome of the conflict. Certainly British domination of the valley would effectiv
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Japan Compensates ‘Black Rain’ Victims
A Hiroshima court has ruled that those who suffered illnesses from radioactive fallout (aka “black rain”) after the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of that city are entitled to receive the same medical and other benefits awarded those who lived within t
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War Games
Can you match each of the following female fighters to the siege for which she became famous? 1. Agustina de Aragón 2. Jeanne de Montfort 3. Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba 4. Matilda of Tuscany 5. Lyudmila Pavlichenko 6. Margaret Corbin 7. Rani Lakshmi
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Odyssey Of The Ten Thousand
Hiring on for a Persian war they didn’t understand, these vaunted Greek mercenaries faced an epic fight for their lives By Justin D. Lyons IN THE ARCHIVES: In the roughly organized armies of 16th century Europe men and women were partners in pillage
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War For Sale
Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s Rising Sun rank flag, which flew from the bridge of the battleship Nagato during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, recently fetched $40K at auction. A member of the U.S. Navy prize crew that boarded the cap
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Interview War and Justice
In answer to the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the Doolittle Raid sought to bolster the morale of stunned Americans and warn the Japanese their country was now the target of a determined foe. Sixteen Army Air Forces’
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Trench Art
I was visiting my parents recently and came across this match striker box my grandfather (born in 1900, in Kobe, Japan) picked up around 1920 when he visited China. I have discovered it was very common for soldiers to create trench art. I met a veter
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Valor Italy’s African Eagle
Domenico Mondelli Italian Armed Forces Silver Medal for Military Valor World War I During World War I at least five black airmen overcame both the technological challenges of early aviation and the prejudice of peers to enter various wartime air arms
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75th Wwii Anniversary May Be Last For Veterans
The 75th anniversary of the end of World War II took on a tone of finality this fall, as the COVID-19 pandemic limited commemorative events and kept most of the remaining veterans at home. An estimated 300,000 of the 16 million Americans who served a
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What We Learned From… The Battle of Long Island, 1776
The appearance of a British fleet in the waters off Long Island in late June 1776 did not come as a surprise to Continental Army Gen. George Washington. The size of the fleet did, however. Three months earlier the king’s army had evacuated Boston aft
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WWI Museum to Reach Students
To serve housebound students the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., in cooperation with the Doughboy Foundation and the World War One Centennial Commission, has launched How World War I Changed America [wwichangedus.org], an intera
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Hardware Springfield M1903
In 1892 the U.S. Army adopted the Norwegian Krag-Jorgensen as its first bolt-action rifle. But during the 1898 Spanish-American War the Krag was clearly outclassed by the Mauser M1893 used by Spanish troops, leading the Ordnance Department to order a
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Constitution Open to Public
The 223-year-old frigate USS Constitution—the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat—has reopened as a museum ship in Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard after a fivemonth closure amid the coronavirus pandemic. Its accompanying shorebased museum
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Women Of War
Queen Tomyris of the Massagetae glared as her soldiers dragged in the battered corpse of Cyrus the Great, slain founder of the Achaemenid empire. She had rejected his proposal of marriage to avoid war. In the subsequent vicious campaign to repel the
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