The dragoon saber is a type of saber with a curved blade meant for use by cavalry and mounted troops. Ideal for slashing, the light saber was used by both sides during the Civil War, particularly the Model 1840 cavalry saber that was 44 inches long with a blade of 35 inches and weight of only 2.5 pounds.
Lockheed’s versatile Electra and Lodestar aircraft were overshadowed by more famous transport and combat types. More »
As war gathered in the 1930s, a new kind of journalist—the radio broadcaster—began transmitting, and taking the lead was Edward R. Murrow. More »
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Franklin D. Roosevelt employed a network of friends and contacts in covert roles, which inspired the creation of the OSS. More »
During World War II, the controversial destroyers-for-bases deal helped save the British from Nazi domination. More »
A “barracks roof” and a “cheese box” met in March 1862 at Hampton Roads. The pioneer ironclads pounded each other with their heavy guns.
Although the bow and javelin are more famous ancient weapons, the sling was just as important to the skirmishers of old.
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?