After 10 years of construction, the Suez Canal, a waterway in Egypt that connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea was opened to maritime traffic in 1869. The Suez Canal allows passage between Europe and Asia without sailing around the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of the African continent. During numerous military and political conflicts of the 20th century, control of the Suez Canal was considered vital to the national interests of many nations.
Major General Eric Dorman-Smith was an architect of the strategy that won the first battle of El Alamein in June 1942. More »
Spanish dictator Francisco Franco held Hitler and the Nazi regime at arm’s length throughout the war. More »
The destroyer USS Murphy survived a collision on the open sea and served during four amphibious operations in the European Theater. More »
In August 1898, British General H.H. Kitchener reached Omdurman. The stage was set for the last cavalry charge in British military history. More »
Prior to his arrival in North Africa, the British commander primarily led Indian troops and performed well in difficult circumstances during the campaign in Norway. More »
The underrated British General won two major battles against supposedly unbeatable Marshal Erwin Rommel in North Africa. More »
After yeoman’s service in World War II, the venerable Sherman tank saw several more decades of service in the Israeli Army. More »
The Industrial Age combined with American ingenuity to form special units during the Civil War. Horse artillery, sharpshooters, sappers, and miners were used for specialized duties during the war.
Led by the impetuous General Nathaniel Lyon, Union forces pursued retreating Confederates across southwestern Missouri in the summer of 1861. At Wilson’s Creek, Lyon caught up with the enemy on aptly named Bloody Hill.