General History

The Dawn of American Armor: The U.S. Army Tank Corps in World War I

Written By: Eric Anderson For better or for worse, war often drives innovation.  World War I, in particular, heralded the introduction of numerous formidable and terrifying technologies:  flamethrowers, poison gas, combat aircraft, and tanks, to name a few.  While the idea of an armored vehicle equipped with cannon can be traced as far back as Leonardo …

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M14 Rifle

Written By: Patrick Feng Throughout World War II, the M1 Garand rifle, which was manufactured in large quantities, served the U.S. Army extremely well.  Despite the Garand’s undeniable reliability and effectiveness in combat, the experience of the German Gewehr 43 and the Soviet Tokarev SVT-40 semi-automatic rifles showed that the eight-round, clip-loaded magazine of the …

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

Written By: William G. Dennis At first glance, there seems to be little difference between the artillery branches of the U.S. Army and German Wehrmacht in World War II.  The American guns were a bit heavier than their German counterparts and generally had a longer range.  The German 105mm was sufficiently similar to the American …

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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 by its first commander, James Gavin.  Today, as it was then, the 505th Infantry represents an elite force of soldiers dedicated to fighting tyranny and …

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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 Indians.  Instead, shortly after  his scouts reported finding some 100 acres of corn planted along the White River, he received a friendly welcome from Escapa, …

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