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1st Signal Brigade

Written By: Howard Bartholf In the storied annals of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, the 1st Signal Brigade has earned a heralded position.  From the jungles, central highlands, and coastal…

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Fort Garland, Colorado

Written By: Lieutenant Colonel Clayton R. Newell, USA-Ret. In June 1852, Major George A. H. Blake, 1st Dragoons, established Fort Massachusetts in northern New Mexico Territory, which today is part…

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U.S. and German Field Artillery in World War II: A Comparison

Written By: William G. Dennis At the beginning of World War II, the U.S. Army’s primary field artillery pieces were the French-designed M1897 75mm gun and M1918 155mm howitzer (above).…

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The 505th Infantry Regiment

Written By: Nicholas C. Welsh Throughout its long and storied history, the 505th Infantry Regiment has maintained a proud legacy within the U.S. Army and upheld the fighting spirit established…

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No Greater Glory: The Four Chaplains and the Sinking of the USAT Dorchester

Written By: Command Sergeant Major James H. Clifford, USA-Ret. In the early morning hours of 3 February 1943, First Sergeant Michael Warish nearly gave up hope as he floated helplessly in…

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Railroaders in Olive Drab: The Military Railway Service in WWII

In July 1861, Confederate Brigadier General Joseph E. Johnston dramatically demonstrated the importance of railroads in modern warfare when he moved 12,000 troops by rail from Piedmont Station (now Delaplane),…

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Mine Warfare in the Civil War

Written By: John Grady Early in the Civil War, hard-pressed Confederate Army officers in the West, like Major General Leonidas K. Polk, knew they were particularly exposed to the Union…

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World War I Gas Alarm Rattle

Written By: Jimmy Price “Gas!” This lone word could strike fear and panic into the most stoic Doughboy in the American sector of the Western Front. By the time that…

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Rudder’s Rangers and the Boys of Pointe du Hoc: The U.S. Army Rangers’ Mission in the Early Morning Hours of 6 June 1944

Written By: Megan Johnson  Pointe du Hoc, a prominent position along the coast of Normandy, was a focal point of the amphibious  assault by U.S. forces during the early morning…

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Fort Apache, Arizona

By Lieutenant Colonel Clayton R. Newell, USA-Ret. In July 1869, Major John Green, 1st Cavalry, led an expedition into the White Mountains of eastern Arizona Territory searching for hostile Apache…

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