Month: November 2017

The Seljuq Turks of the First Crusade

Perhaps the most interesting warriors to emerge from the First Crusade were the mounted ghulams,…

Treasures Abound at the Met’s Famed Armor Museum

With more than 14,000 pieces in its collection, the Met’s Armor Museum in Manhattan’s Upper…

Prelude to Zahal’s West Bank Invasion of 1967

The Israeli Defense Force’s (Zahal’s) strategic invasion of the West Bank region of Jordan began…

Collecting Dog Tags and Other Military IDs

Paul Braddock, author of Dog Tags: A History of the American Military Identification Tag 1861-2002,…

Kilpatrick’s Raid on Richmond: Doomed to Failure? 

Historians are always in argument over how General Kilpatrick’s raid on Richmond had failed, but…

Charles De Gaulle: Instrument of Destiny

In Mid-August 1944, Paris was in tumult. The French 2nd Armored Division rolled into the…

The Killing of Il Duce

Intrigue still surrounds the execution of Mussolini and his mistress Claretta Petacci by communist partisans…

The 1903 Springfield Rifle

American infantrymen carried the model 1903 Springfield rifle into battle with them for the first…

Incident on the Yangtze

The U.S. Navy gunboat Panay was sunk by Japanese aircraft on the great Chinese river,…

Simply a Butchery: Grant at Cold Harbor

Ulysses S. Grant would later admit that Cold Harbor was the one battle he “would…