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Blockade Runner

The term blockade runner refers to the captains and their sleek ships that carried contraband and cargo through the Union naval blockade of Southern port cities during the Civil War. Blockade runners carried on clandestine foreign trade and fueled a black market economy in the South. These ships were light and swift, often able to outrun ships of the Union Navy when entering and exiting Southern harbors.



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MIS-X’s Shadowy Secrets: Aiding Allied POW Escapes

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One of the most obscure of American intelligence organizations during World War II, MIS-X played a vital role in aiding the escape of American POWs.

Frederick’s Devil’s Brigade & Bringing Back the V-42 Stiletto

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Lieutenant Colonel Robert Frederick and the Devil’s Brigade took Monte La Difensa, his trusty V-42 stiletto always at the ready.

Military Weapons: The M2 Browning .50-cal

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Exercise Tiger: Deadly D-Day Rehearsal

Exercise Tiger: Deadly D-Day Rehearsal

In April 1944, Exercise Tiger proved to be a grisly rehearsal for the D-Day Invasion less than two months later.

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