British 6th Airborne Division

Air Warfare British 11 Min Read

The British army authorized small airborne units in 1940 but did not form the Parachute Regiment until 1942. That unit served as a training organization, producing seventeen battalions, of which fourteen were committed to combat. The battalions were formed into the 1st and 6th Airborne Divisions, the latter involved in Operation Overlord. Both divisions were committed to the Arnhem assault,…

Death of the Red Baron

Air Warfare Biography British Germany 10 Min Read

Hot Pursuit by John Ketchell (Sopworth Camel) at the Historic Car Art website Richthofen was fatally wounded just after 11 a.m. on 21 April 1918, while flying over Morlancourt Ridge, near the Somme River. 49°56′0.60″N 2°32′43.71″E / 49.9335°N 2.545475°E / 49.9335; 2.545475 At the time, the Baron had been pursuing (at very low altitude) a Sopwith Camel piloted by a…

Conrad II (ca. 990-June 4,1039)

Conrad II, 12th-century stained glass depiction, Strasbourg Cathedral The first monarch of the new royal dynasty of the Salians, Conrad…

Japanese adoption of Portuguese muskets

The Japanese landing on Busan   Japanese arquebuses of the Edo era. These types of firearms were used by Japanese…

The French invasion of Germany 1688

A rare contemporary depiction from the Nine Years War (1689-1697), this painting has been hailed as Jan Wyck’s masterpiece. Siege…

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Khalkin-Gol, The Least Known Most Important Battle of World War II

The battle of Khalkin-Gol is rarely mentioned in the lists of significant battles of the 20th century, but it has had a profound effect on the course of that century. This battle was fought between the Russians and the Japanese in the year 1939 and was extremely significant in the…

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The Pendulum Swings from East to West

October 7th commemorates the victory of a coalition of western nations over the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto, a battle which is widely considered one of the most significant in all of history. The result of the battle was the utter destruction of the Ottoman fleet, resulting in…

American Civil War 11 Min Read

What were the South’s two main military strategies at the beginning of the war?

When the Civil War began, leaders in both the North and the South thought that it would be a short war, but the two sides had very different military strategies regarding how to bring about a quick end to the conflict. When it came to strategy, the South had to…

American Civil War 8 Min Read

The Anaconda Plan

Following the attack on Fort Sumter and the secession by the Confederacy the Union devised a strategy to limit the length of the war. Lincoln had no desire for further bloodshed and thus wanted a plan that would limit the amount of life lost during the Civil War. The strategy…

American Revolutionary War 11 Min Read

George Washington and The American Revolution War “Grand Strategy”

The entire goal of the American Revolution including the penning of the Declaration of Independence was to gain the colonists and the newly formed American nation legitimacy internationally. The Declaration of Independence was written to spell out American ideals and principles, its main purpose was to gain the attention and…

Laser Weapons Military Innovation 11 Min Read

Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) laser weapon system

In the realm of modern warfare, where technology evolves at breakneck speed, traditional defense mechanisms are often rendered obsolete against emerging threats. Among these threats, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have become increasingly prevalent, posing significant challenges to military forces around the world. To counter this menace, Lockheed Martin's Advanced Test…

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Photo: Spitfire XIVs versus Bf 109Ks

Read more about the World War II match up between Spitfire XIVs versus Bf 109Ks here:

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U.S. Patrol Boat Riverine (PBR) Brown Water Navy in Vietnam

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Stealth aircraft shooting high energy pod mounted laser (concept art)

Today's picture of the day is a stealth aircraft shooting high energy pod mounted laser as concept art. Read more about the construction of pod-mounted laser weapons.

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AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT IN BRITTANY, 1758

British coastal assault on St Cast in Brittany in September 1758. A German map, published…

German Schnellboot (S-boat)

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Dogs of the Conquistadors

The Spaniards began using dogs at least by the 1260s, as King Jaume I of…

Lend-Lease to the USSR

American Lend-Lease supplies to the USSR 1941–45. Soviet historiography is mocked in the West, where…