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Antelopes represented one of Britain’s oldest infantry regiments for more than 200 years—even if they were sometimes pro...
11/27/2022
How Bobby the Antelope Became One of the British Army’s Cutest Mascots

Antelopes represented one of Britain’s oldest infantry regiments for more than 200 years—even if they were sometimes prone to butting unsuspecting soldiers.

Antelopes represented one of Britain’s oldest infantry regiments for more than 200 years—even if they were sometimes prone to butting unsuspecting soldiers

In 1351 opposing hosts of medieval knights and squires met on a field—not to settle a war, but to test one another’s met...
11/26/2022
How 60 Knights Paused a War to Fight a Battle Royale Death Match

In 1351 opposing hosts of medieval knights and squires met on a field—not to settle a war, but to test one another’s mettle.

In 1351 opposing hosts of medieval knights and squires met on a field—not to settle a war, but to test one another’s mettle

On March 1, 1896, Italian General Oreste Baratieri knew he was outnumbered. But he seriously underestimated his Ethiopia...
11/25/2022
First Italo-Abyssinian War: Battle of Adwa

On March 1, 1896, Italian General Oreste Baratieri knew he was outnumbered. But he seriously underestimated his Ethiopian opponents—and overestimated the merits of his own battle plan.

Colonel Henry Evelyn Wood had expected little trouble as his cavalry ascended Hlobane Mountain. What he got was a Zulu a...
11/25/2022
Anglo-Zulu War: Battle of Hlobane

Colonel Henry Evelyn Wood had expected little trouble as his cavalry ascended Hlobane Mountain. What he got was a Zulu army, 22,000 men strong.

As Hernán Cortés made his way toward the Aztecan heart of Mexico, the conquistador ran up against the Tlaxcalans, a peop...
11/25/2022
The Warriors Who Nearly Destroyed Cortés — Before Joining Him

As Hernán Cortés made his way toward the Aztecan heart of Mexico, the conquistador ran up against the Tlaxcalans, a people who could ally with or annihilate him.

As Hernán Cortés made his way toward the Aztecan heart of Mexico, the conquistador ran up against the Tlaxcalans, a people who could ally with or annihilate him

Arguably, the most famous example of surrealist painting depicting war is Pablo Picasso's Guernica. But Paul Nash's body...
11/24/2022
How An Artist Painted Nature To Reveal the Horrors of War

Arguably, the most famous example of surrealist painting depicting war is Pablo Picasso's Guernica. But Paul Nash's body of artwork spans two wars, depicting a fantastic, grotesque, dreamlike vision of the battlefields he witnessed.

Paul Nash’s paintings reveal what soldiers—and the land itself—endured in two world wars.

In 1939, the last Thursday in November fell on the last day of the month. Business leaders, struggling through the Great...
11/24/2022
That Time FDR Changed the Date of Thanksgiving — and Alienated Half the Country

In 1939, the last Thursday in November fell on the last day of the month. Business leaders, struggling through the Great Depression and concerned about holiday sales, went to FDR, who moved the holiday.

It did not go well.

The president was trying to placate business leaders, but his 'Franksgiving' gaffe sent the nation into a tizzy.

Piles of brown leaves, as well as gnarly tree roots, scattered broken twigs, tree branches and limbs, carpet the forest ...
11/24/2022
The Hidden Battlefield Where Black Troops Avenged Fallen Comrades — and Earned the Medal of Honor.

Piles of brown leaves, as well as gnarly tree roots, scattered broken twigs, tree branches and limbs, carpet the forest floor. About a half-mile away, traffic hums on six lanes of Interstate 295, which slices through the battlefield like a bayonet through the heart.

That's where in a charge about daybreak on September 29, 1864, Black troops shouted: “Remember Fort Pillow! No quarter for the Rebels.”

Tucked into thick forest off an interstate is a largely forgotten battlefield, where 14 U.S. Colored Troops soldiers and two white officers earned the nation's highest military honor.

In the flak-filled sky over a German U-boat installation in occupied France on January 23, 1943, Memphis Belle was battl...
11/23/2022
Memphis Belle: 25 Trips to Hell and Back

In the flak-filled sky over a German U-boat installation in occupied France on January 23, 1943, Memphis Belle was battling for her life.

In the flak-filled sky over a German U-boat installation in occupied France on January 23, 1943, Memphis Belle was battling for her life. The U.S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-17F,

After nearly 10 months of trench warfare, Confederate resistance at Petersburg, Va., suddenly collapsed. Desperate to sa...
11/23/2022
Last Ditch Rebel Stand at Petersburg

After nearly 10 months of trench warfare, Confederate resistance at Petersburg, Va., suddenly collapsed. Desperate to save his army, Robert E. Lee called on his soldiers for one last miracle.

'A Town Destroyed by the Civil War'During the Civil War, Confederate and Union troops surged back and forth through Cent...
11/23/2022

'A Town Destroyed by the Civil War'

During the Civil War, Confederate and Union troops surged back and forth through Centreville, Virginia, especially during the time surrounding the battles that took place in nearby Manassas on July 21, 1861, and Aug. 28-30, 1862. The town’s central location between Leesburg, Middleburg, Warrenton, Washington, Georgetown and Alexandria made it a prime spot for massive fortifications and winter camps built by Confederate forces at the start of the conflict and later used by Union soldiers throughout the war, as pictured here.

According to the Fairfax County Park Authority, the Civil War effectively destroyed the Centreville community and surrounding areas. “If ever a village was killed in war it was Centreville,” the Washington Sunday Star said in 1914.

It wasn’t until the early 1900s that the town began to resume growth as a residential area. The D.C. suburb’s population exploded in the late 1990s and early 2000s due to the influx of technology companies in the Northern Virginia area. According to the 2010 census, Centreville had a population of 71,135 — a far cry from the war-torn town the Star called “stagnant and drowsy” in 1914.

It was an early Friday afternoon on Nov. 22, with the crispness of fall overtaking much of the nation and the end of the...
11/22/2022
'President Kennedy has been shot' — Memories of JFK's Assassination More Than 58 Years Later

It was an early Friday afternoon on Nov. 22, with the crispness of fall overtaking much of the nation and the end of the work week before the Thanksgiving holiday. For those near a TV tuned to CBS, 11 minutes into the soap opera "As the World Turns," a bulletin flashed on the screen.

It was an early Friday afternoon with the crispness of fall overtaking much of the nation, the end of the work week before the Thanksgiving holiday.

On August 9, 48 bc, the power struggle for Rome reached its climax as Gaius Julius Caesar faced off against the commande...
11/22/2022
Caesar's Civil War: Battle of Pharsalus

On August 9, 48 bc, the power struggle for Rome reached its climax as Gaius Julius Caesar faced off against the commander he regarded as the most formidable adversary of his military career: Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus.

Since the tiny can (of peaches) could not realistically feed a dozen men, I decided to get it over with and quickly ate ...
11/22/2022
At Hamburger Hill in Vietnam, a Can of Peaches Meant Life or Death

Since the tiny can (of peaches) could not realistically feed a dozen men, I decided to get it over with and quickly ate the rest of the fruit. No one said anything, but their cold stares confirmed that I had made a mistake.

This sergeant almost died on Hamburger Hill because he once refused to share his C-rations.

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Antelopes represented one of Britain’s oldest infantry regiments for more than 200 years—even if they were sometimes prone to butting unsuspecting soldiers.
Erwin Rommel’s hands-on approach to military leadership in World War II brought him into constant brushes with danger and death.
When plans for the Allied conquest of Sicily called for the British army to capture the key port of Messina, Patton decided he would get there first.
Over a century since his death on the Western Front, fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen's fame remains undimmed.
In 1351 opposing hosts of medieval knights and squires met on a field—not to settle a war, but to test one another’s mettle.
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On March 1, 1896, Italian General Oreste Baratieri knew he was outnumbered. But he seriously underestimated his Ethiopian opponents—and overestimated the merits of his own battle plan.
Colonel Henry Evelyn Wood had expected little trouble as his cavalry ascended Hlobane Mountain. What he got was a Zulu army, 22,000 men strong.
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A German submarine became the first enemy vessel captured on the high seas by the U.S. Navy since the War of 1812. Hans Goebeler survived the ordeal aboard the U-boat.
As Hernán Cortés made his way toward the Aztecan heart of Mexico, the conquistador ran up against the Tlaxcalans, a people who could ally with or annihilate him.
The Fokker Trimotor Josephine Ford survived mishaps and beat fierce competition to be the first aircraft to fly over the top of the world, carrying Richard E. Byrd into history.
Senior U.S. commanders thought the NVA and Viet Cong were too "primitive" to eavesdrop and make deadly use of radio intelligence. Careless communications cost American lives.
Arguably, the most famous example of surrealist painting depicting war is Pablo Picasso's Guernica. But Paul Nash's body of artwork spans two wars, depicting a fantastic, grotesque, dreamlike vision of the battlefields he witnessed.
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