Vintage military memorabilia and historical content that educates on ancient warfare, iconic battles and honors the experiences of the world's veterans.
My father is a killer and it's America's fault
My dad passed away a few years ago, but if you’d had met him, you’d have not thought that he was very threatening. Even in his later years, he still had a full head of dark hair sprinkled with grays. He was still handsome with a charming lopsided grin that had caused my mom a lot of stress in their younger years. He was quite the talker, after all. Time and genetics had been kind to his face despite the fact that he’d been a farmer for the last 30 years of his life, more or less. Even as cancer took its toll on him in the last few months of his life, it was still evident that my dad had been a heartbreaker in his youth. He’d shrunk a bit in the last few years, standing at barely 5' 3". Or maybe I’d had just grown taller in my adulthood and remembered him as taller from my youth. I’m sure it’s a mix of the two.
Friend Or Foe
It had only been about three hours, but to Herman, it felt like a lifetime. The pungent aroma of the mildew-laden boards beneath him made him restless and forced him to check his rifle over once more to ensure it was ready. Beads of sweat appeared on his forehead, his body’s insistence that the October air was not as cold as his visible breath led on. He had been given orders to find all officers and take them out as quickly as possible. Colonel Wilck had been strong in his assurances that the enemy advance would break without officer leadership. Herman, however, knew better; he didn’t make Master Sergeant in three years without knowing the enemy. But he took his place in the bell tower, orders in hand, and waited.
Miracle at Twenty thousand Feet
STANDING, LEFT TO RIGHT: Staff Sgt. Jack Flynn, top turret gunner; Sgt. Douglas Aldrich, waist gunner; Sgt. Charles Agnatovich, ball turret gunner; Sgt. Anthony DeMarco, radio operator; Sgt. John Lafferty, waist gunner; Sgt. Ralph Corning, tail gunner.
Armed Forces Salute
Every man and woman who put on a uniform no matter the branch have one thing in common, we all served. Ask the Army veteran who was saved by a Marine does he really care which branch the man was in, he will probably say no. The Marines will say that they have the right to question those of us in the Army about our parentage. But as my best friend who went into the Marines and I the Army said, the sailor, soldier, coastie and airman, are my little brothers and sisters and only I get to pick on them. Anyone from outside that has never served has no right to criticize.
In Beauty All is Made
In Beauty all is Made In Beauty all is Restored ~ Navajo Prayer Newmiller, W. (2005). The Navajo Code Talkers and Their Photographer. War, Literature & the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities, 17(1/2), 6–21.
A Love Letter to the Wild Women of World War Two
Mariya Vasilievna Oktyabrskaya - "The Fighting Girlfriend" How would you avenge the death of your husband who was killed in action while fighting the Nazis in World War Two? Sell all of your possessions, buy a T-34 Tank, donate it to the war effort, and request that you drive it of course. This is exactly what Mariya Oktyabrskaya did once she learned of her husband's untimely death, two years after it happened. Once Mariya sold all of her possessions she still didn't have enough to buy a tank, so she took up embroidery to make up the last bit of change she needed for two months, totaling ₽50,000 rubles (Over $100,000 USD in today's money.) After collecting this money she sent a telegram to the Kremlin, addressed to Joseph Stalin himself. Of which Joseph Stalin actually replied to her: "Thank you Maria Vasilievna, for your concern for the armored forces of the Red Army. Your wish will be granted, please accept my greetings. Supreme Commander-in-Chief. Joseph Stalin."
Unsung War Hero
My ancestor and 8th great grandfather John Jack Jouett, was an unsung hero of the American Revolutionary War. Not many people know his name or what he did to shape the face of American History as we know it. Paul Revere wasn't the only historical figure to ride through the night, warning his countrymen of British invasion. Although, history gives him all the credit. In Virginia in the year 1781, Jack Jouett rode through the backwoods, undetected and undefended, to warn Thomas Jefferson and his men of a planned attack and intended capture of these American government officials earning him the alias, Paul Revere of the South.
The Difficult Walk
A strange smell flooded the air. Winds blowing north carried a strong scent that reminded Jonathan of beef in a frying pan. Something was off though; the smell was tainted by a metallic aroma. The odor intensified more than ever as his company continued marching towards Manassas Junction. It wasn't until after they hiked down the Bull Run Mountains, that the smells' origins became evident.
Heroic Female Spies - World War Two
Bravery. Whether you have a lot of it or only a little, at one point in your life you will need to be brave. Whether you have to give a speech to your bosses in a large boardroom, or you have to get a spider out of the bathroom – you will need to use your inner bravery. But whatever bravery is called upon, it’s unlikely you’ll ever have to face the terrifying situations thousands of female spies confronted in World War Two. But this group of pioneering women put all fears aside to help Britain and her allies win the war against Germany, through acts of incredible bravery. Their story deserves to be heard and their amazing achievements known.
Also, known as the Prince of the Brigade, Tommy Prince was a Native American who was born in Manitoba, Canada in 1914. Tommy at an early age was forced to drop out of elementary school to feed his 11 siblings, mother and father. Growing up he quickly learned from his father who was a hunter how to use a rifle and a knife to be able to hunt the nearby wildlife in the native reserve that he lived in himself. Now, does he not sound like a modern-day Mowgli? He became an extremely talented marksman and tracker from all the days he spent hunting and gathering food for his family. Years later he worked as a tree feller as well as joined the cadets during his teen years. Now think back, what did you do when you were 14 years old? Suddenly the Second World War began, and due to Tommy being an Aboriginal he was rejected several times from the Canadian army as discrimination was a widespread fact at the time. Eventually, he was accepted and was assigned to the first Field Park Company of the Royal Canadian Engineers. There he was trained to be a sapper, which was the first step to his impressive skill set. If you’re unsure of what a sapper is, they were essentially engineers with demolitions expertise. Two years later he became a sergeant with the Canadian Parachute Battalion, however, soon after he volunteered for the first Special Service Force also known as the Devil’s Brigade.
Julius Caesar and the Historiography of the Battle of Alesia
Many historians have said that out of his entire life time, his best military achievement in Gaul was winning the Battle of Alesia. What makes this feat extraordinary is the scale and determination of the battle’s two opposing sides, but in what way did Caesar describe the battle of Alesia? On the side of the Gallic armies, an Arverni man named Vercingetorix led a rebellion against Rome bringing many of the tribes of Gaul together in a united front. Being that Gaul was a Roman province and Julius Caesar was its governor Caesar had to quell another Gallic uprising. Gallic wars background. Who started the rebellion and why?
Are Aircraft Carriers Needed in Today's Modern Navies?
On Monday, June 26, HMS Queen Elizabeth finally set sail for testing after years of setbacks. While HMS Queen Elizabeth is being tested in the North Sea, there is a huge possibility that Russia will be observing the tests of the new state-of-the-art aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy to see what the capabilities are of the new aircraft carriers. But recently there has been a clash of words between Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and the Russian military.