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Ottoman Empire

Dating to the 14th century, the Ottoman Empire was founded by Turkish tribes in the Middle East. The empire spanned more than six centuries, ending in 1922 when it was supplanted by the government of the modern Turkish republic. At its zenith during the 15th and 16th centuries, the Ottoman Empire spanned three continents, extending from the Arabian Peninsula to Ukraine and the territories of modern eastern European nations such as Romania and Bulgaria to the gates of Vienna, and across North Africa.

The Siege of Shipka Pass

The Siege of Shipka Pass

Turkish troops made repeated attempts to recapture vital Shipka Pass through the Balkan Mountains. The five-day fight for the 4,500-foot-high pass would be the turning point of the Russo-Turkish War.   More »

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The Spies of Pearl Harbor

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The 93rd Infantry Division: The Only African-American Division in the Pacific Theater

The 93rd Infantry Division: The Only African-American Division in the Pacific Theater

Elements of America’s 93rd Infantry Division (Colored) fought discrimination at home and captured the highest ranking Japanese officer in the Pacific.

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