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Fort Sumter

Located in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, Fort Sumter is famous as the target of the first shots of the Civil War, fired on April 12, 1861, by Confederates artillery that ringed the harbor. After 34 hours of intermittent bombardment, the Union garrison of the fort, under the command of Major Robert Anderson, surrendered.

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Hot Air “Fire Balloons”: Japan’s Project Fugo

Hot Air “Fire Balloons”: Japan’s Project Fugo

In late 1944, Japan began the massive production of ‘fire balloons’ capable of attacking American soil from their homeland. How did they make this work? And why did they stop?

Queen of the Desert: The Infantry ‘Matilda’ Tank

Queen of the Desert: The Infantry ‘Matilda’ Tank

Early in World War II, the infantry ‘Matilda’ tank added weight to the Commonwealth units in North Africa.

Under 8 Flags: The Boxer Rebellion’s Unlikely Alliance

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This unlikely alliance saved the besieged foreign legations at Peking in 1900 during the brutal Boxer Rebellion.

Mildred Gillars (a.k.a. ‘Axis Sally’) in WWII

Mildred Gillars (a.k.a. ‘Axis Sally’) in WWII

Mildred ‘Axis Sally’ Gillars taunted U.S. troops from a radio studio in Berlin, earning nearly universal animosity from her fellow Americans.

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