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Cannon Thunder at Valmy

Cannon Thunder at Valmy

By David A. Norris
Wind lifted away the fog sheltering the French lines. Atop a low ridge where the French army was deployed, a lone windmill provided a vivid range marker for 58 Prussian cannons on the neighboring hills. Shot fell like black hailstones amid the staff officers by the man-made   More »

Prisoner of the Gestapo: Freed by Words

Prisoner of the Gestapo: Freed by Words

By Susan Zimmerman

With war comes untold stories of unbroken spirits. These are universal stories without bounds and sides, some of which remain buried deep in psyches. Then there are those that must be written in order for the survivor to move on. In purging the horrors of war from the   More »

“A Picture of Hell”

“A Picture of Hell”

By Eric Niderost
King Frederick II of Prussia was busy writing dispatches, his face a study of grim determination as he scribbled out the words by the light of a guttering candle. At the moment he was in Elsnig, a village in Saxony not far from Torgau on the Elbe River,   More »

Bloodbath in Aachen

Bloodbath in Aachen

With weapons at the ready, the American squad advanced cautiously on both sides of the tree-lined boulevard toward the German strongpoint in Aachen. Buildings pummeled by Allied shells had toppled to the ground, sending concrete and bricks spilling into the street. Hardly a structure remained intact as a result of   More »

Napoleon Bonaparte’s Failing Health at Dresden

Napoleon Bonaparte’s Failing Health at Dresden

Napoleon won a great victory at Dresden, but many historians believe his sudden illness—uncontrollable diarrhea and vomiting—prevented him from organizing an effective pursuit of the retreating Allied army. It underscores the fact that the emperor was plagued with bouts of ill health during the last decade of his life.   More »



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Letters Home from the Battle of the Bulge

Letters Home from the Battle of the Bulge

During the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, Flint Whitlock shares a letter written by Sergeant David Warman to his family on Christmas Day in 1944.

After the Lincoln Assassination: The World-Wide Manhunt for John Surratt

After the Lincoln Assassination: The World-Wide Manhunt for John Surratt

John Surratt somehow escaped justice after the Lincoln assassination despite being intimately acquainted with John Wilkes Booth and other conspirators.

Civil War Stories: Libby Prison’s ‘Lottery of Death’

Civil War Stories: Libby Prison’s ‘Lottery of Death’

Union Captain Henry Sawyer drew the short straw in Libby Prison’s infamous ‘Lottery of Death.’

“Commando” Charles Kelly & The First European Theater Medal of Honor

“Commando” Charles Kelly & The First European Theater Medal of Honor

A hero in combat, ‘Commando’ Charles Kelly battled demons at home after winning the Medal of Honor in the European Theater.

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