Among the strategies for dealing with the U-boat threat to U.S. shipping was a series of small vessels, designed to be built cheaply and quickly, and optimized to find and hunt submarines. The sub chasers were small, but ended up playing out-sized roles along the coasts of the United States and around the world. The History Guy tells the forgotten story of the submarine chasers of the U.S. Navy.
Italy declared war on Germany on August 28, 1916, fifteen months after declaring war on Austria. The strange story of how Italy came to join the Entente, and why they took so long to declare war on Germany, illustrates the complexity of the conflict and the differing motivations of the nations involved. The History Guy recalls one of the least understood and remembered fronts of the Great War.
Germany invaded Norway in April 1940, and defeated the Nordic nation in a 62-day campaign. But Norwegians continued to serve the Allied cause throughout the war. One of the least remembered, most important, and most unique roles was not about strength of arms, but about gross tonnage. The History Guy remembers the critical role played by “the largest shipping company in the world.”
Facing increasing competition from economy cars from Japan and Europe, General Motors roared into the subcompact market with an innovative design based on cutting edge technology. The Chevrolet Vega was the 1971 Motor Trend Car of the Year, but problems were soon to follow. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the dawn of “subcompact” cars and “the car that nearly destroyed G.M.”
Stonehenge is an iconic image of the British Isles. The monument is so ancient that the study of its history is ancient history. The History Guy reveals the surprisingly long history of the search for the meaning of perhaps the world’s most famous neolithic monument.
In another video in the series about his hat collection, the History Guy recalls the history of the broad-brimmed felt or straw hat, with a high crown, pinched symmetrically at the four corners.
Hercules Mulligan was an early supporter of the patriot cause, and a major influence on the young Alexander Hamilton. A tailor, he gathered intelligence that helped save George Washington twice. The History Guy recalls one of the most enigmatic figures of the American Revolution.
In February 1941, as the East Africa Campaign was coming to a close, three Italian ships, RAMB I, RAMB II and Eritrea, had to make a run for an allied port. The fates of the three ships represented the shifting fortunes of the war. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of three ships that demonstrated the “world” part of World War II.
Some of the most common viewer questions that are received at this channel regard The History Guy’s hat collection. Military uniforms were impacted by practical needs, historical events, and the preferences of powerful leaders. The History Guy talks about collecting military “covers” and why the United States Navy once had five different colors of the same hat.
In 1914, the demand for molasses was at an all time high. As a result, Purity Distilling Company installed a holding tank fifty feet tall and ninety feet across at 529 Commercial Street near Keany Square in Boston. On an unseasonably warm day, January 15, 1919, the tank collapsed. The History Guy remembers the Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919.