After substantial military victories for France over the Austrian Empire in Italy, a 29-year-old General named Napoleon Bonaparte decided that conquering Egypt would help in France’s war with England by blocking trade from India to the island nation. Napoleon was clearly inspired by his hero Alexander the Great who had conquered Egypt millennia previous.
Contrary to popular myth the Allies were not caught completely unawares when the Russians encircled the Allied occupation zone of Berlin in the spring of 1948. The Allied response, however, was unified and unequivocal. The wartime allies were not about to let the Soviet Union have city, thus started the most colossal air operation in history: The Berlin Air Lift.
In American political history, there are few moments that can be pinpointed as marking the moment a President lost an election; but the day that President Jimmy Carter authorised the use of Special Forces to retrieve American hostages in Iran is one such day. For Carter, it was an impossible choice: do nothing and risk the wrath of the American people, do something and if it’s a success, praise and glory; but a failure with the loss of American lives equalled political suicide for an already unpopular Democrat President.
The Tsar Bomb was, and still remains, the largest thermonuclear weapon ever created. It’s production began in July of 1961, ordered by Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, who originally wanted a 100 megaton bomb to be built and tested as a testament to the Soviet technical strength and military might. This order for construction came only a few months before the moratorium (the suspension of all nuclear testing by both the USSR and the USA by a legally non-binding agreement that can be revoked at any time) was revoked. As geopolitical tensions rose, the Soviets needed a way to strike fear into the hearts of Europe and the USA. The solution was the Tsar Bomb. October came and political leaders from all sides pleaded with the Soviets to not test the bomb. President Kennedy even made the accusation that the test was for political gain and had no real military application. The test proceeded on schedule despite fears of burning a hole in the atmosphere and contrary to the wishes of economists, politicians, and scientists. The Tsar Bomb test was successful in elevating levels of fear and unease in Europe. So what is this bomb's history? How was it made? What were the risks? And why was it made?
Most people assume that the military only invents things like guns, weapons, and maybe one or two tactical helmets. This is just not true! The military actually is one of the biggest invention powerhouses in the country.
Everyone has heard of the holocaust that killed millions of Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, and any other person that didn't fit the Nazis' views of perfect. And while this tragedy had a lasting impact on Europe and WW2, it is not the only genocide to have shaken the world.
Without their loved ones, US troops struggle to maintain the Christmas cheer while stationed in Afghanistan.
As America continues to suffer from the bloat of its military industrial complex and countless veterans suffering from PTSD, its citizenry reevaluates America's relationship with empire and playing at being a global police force. One positive sign of growth is that these politically incorrect Vietnam War slang terms are used less often!
The Gulf War, codenamed Operation Desert Storm, was a pretty unique war. It was for operations that led to the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia and Operation Desert Storm in its combat phase. It was basically a war waged by coalition forces from 35 nations that was led by the US against Iraq in response to Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait.
A while back, I was hanging out with a buddy of mine who was in the military. He was talking about different awards, and then I heard him mention the term "challenge coin."