Of all the German weapons of the second world war, perhaps none was more feared by allied troops than the dreaded “88.” The gun, of which tens of thousands were produced, and used on all fronts throughout the war, resulted in some particularly compelling stories. These are three accounts of the effectiveness of the 8.8Continue reading “Three Stories of the Dreaded “88.””
In 1881 the United States joined an international effort to study the earth’s polar regions. The Lady Franklin Bay Expedition would become a dramatic fight for survival. It is history that deserves to be remembered.
USS Texas saw important service during the Second World War, including the Normandy Invasion. But the ship’s much less remembered service with the Allied Grand Fleet during the Great War reminds us that sometimes the most important battle is the one you do not have to fight.
In the decades following the Second World War, missiles of all kinds would come to dominate military technology, and that would produce an unexpected threat… to Mexico. The US missiles that blundered across the southern border during the cold war are history that deserves to be remembered.
Dogs have accompanied men into war probably for most of human history, but WWI was the first war where they were used in an official and broad capacity to find the wounded. Mercy dogs, also known as casualty dogs, or ambulance dogs, served on all sides of WWI, and saved thousands of lives. It isContinue reading “Mercy Dogs of the Great War”
While flying commercial airlines is a relatively safe way to travel, that does not mean that things cannot go wrong. There might be difficult weather, mechanical problems with the aircraft, or pilot error. Or, for the 274 passengers and crew of China Air Flight 006, February 19, 1985, all of the above. That terrifying timeContinue reading “China Airlines Flight 006: February 19, 1985”
One of the items from the History guy set that has gotten the most attention for viewers is the bugle, which hangs on the wall. This bugle in b-flat brings to mind the interesting history of the instrument and how bugles have been used on the battlefield. Their origins are ancient, but they are stillContinue reading “Bugles in Military History”
There seems to be no agreement as to what was the greatest thing before sliced bread, we just know that many now compete over what is the greatest thing since. But, in 1943, sliced bread was about to encounter the largest war in human history. The US government ban on sliced bread in January 1943,Continue reading “Sliced Bread and the Second World War”
How much power is there in a horsepower, where does the term come from, and how did it become the most common way of talking about the power of a car engine? In fact the history of horsepower begins in the 18th century, and with a man whose name has become synonymous with a measurementContinue reading “Horsepower: James Watt and the Transition from Horse to Steam”
In 2003 Walter Gregg, then 82, said “Not too many people can say they’ve had a nuclear bomb dropped on them. Not too many would want to.” The 1958 Mars Bluff nuclear weapon incident deserves to be remembered.