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Military History

A Hobbit on the Somme

A young writer, J.R.R. Tolkien, witnessed the worst day of British military history–World War I’s Battle of the Somme–and lived to tell about it.   More »

A Hobbit on the Somme

WWII

Wake Island: Alamo in the Pacific

The day after Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces assaulted the small American-held atoll of Wake Island, 2,300 miles west of Hawaii. The defenders numbered fewer than 1,800 Marines, sailors, soldiers, and civilian contractors.   More »

Wake Island: Alamo in the Pacific

Military History

Scottish Highlanders at Waterloo

The fabled Scottish Highlanders, including the 42nd, 79th and 92nd Regiments, marched into battle at Quatre Bras and Waterloo behind beating drums and shrieking bagpipes, shouting their fierce war cry, “Scotland forever!”   More »

Scottish Highlanders at Waterloo


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The Battle of Ortona: Italy’s Stalingrad

The Battle of Ortona: Italy’s Stalingrad

Determined Canadians fought street by street through the Battle of Ortona against elite German paratroopers who sought to stall the Allied advance.

How Jean Rapp Saved Napoleon Bonaparte’s Life… Three Times

How Jean Rapp Saved Napoleon Bonaparte’s Life… Three Times

French General Count Jean Rapp saved Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s life three times under widely varying circumstances.

The Life of a Military Historian: Walking Through the D-Day Invasion

The Life of a Military Historian: Walking Through the D-Day Invasion

Flint Whitlock shares with us his experiences leading European tours during the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

Military Weapons: NATO’s FN-FAL Rifle

Military Weapons: NATO’s FN-FAL Rifle

One of the most-used military weapons in history, the FN-FAL rifle was the most successful of the NATO military rifles and was used across the globe.

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