Category Archives: History

Happy Birthday to the US Army

Today is the 249th birthday of the US Army. I was going to post a 1979 version of the “I am the Infantry” presentation from then Fort Benning, now Fort Moore, but I figured it’s probably a little too parochial … Continue reading

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“The Real-Life D-Day Commandos Who Inspired Hollywood’s ‘Dirty Dozen'”

Officially designated as the 1st Demolition Section of the Regimental Headquarters Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 101st Airborne Division, the Filthy Thirteen earned the name while training in England. Instead of using their daily water rations to … Continue reading

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The National Anthem through the eyes of jazz, America’s unique music

By Robert Willmann From contributions and influences over time, a unique type of music came to be in this country, from the beginning with 13 colonies, to the American Revolution, to the Articles of Confederation, to the U.S. Constitution, to … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg National Cemetery Luminaria

Join us for the 29th annual luminaria at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery on Saturday, May 25, 2024. Visit the cemetery between 8 pm to 11 pm to experience the luminaria. This event is free to the public. In the event … Continue reading

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William Eaton and The Battle of Derna

Eaton Builds His Own Army Before he could start his campaign, Eaton needed an army. Hamet had arrived with roughly 100 followers, whose actual fighting ability was dubious at best. Eaton had requested a contingent of 100 marines from Barron, … Continue reading

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A Note On Our Folly By Walrus

“The March Of Folly” by Barbara Tuchman, analyses the causes of historic foreign policy disasters from the seige of Troy onwards with a view to understanding the role of pure unadulterated Govermental stupidity – folly – in the decline of … Continue reading

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“Goodbye, Eastern Europe: An Intimate History of a Divided Land”

In light of Russia’s aggressive 2022 invasion of Ukraine, Goodbye, Eastern Europe is a crucial, elucidative read, a sweeping epic chronicling a thousand years of strife, war, and bloodshed, from pre-Christianity to the fall of Communism—illuminating the remarkable cultural significance … Continue reading

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“La Grande Fete de Merci Donnant” Buchwald – reposted 2023

“They landed at a place called Plymouth (once a famous voiture Americaine ) in a wooden sailing ship called the Mayflower (or Fleur de Mai ) in 1620. But while the Pelerins were killing the dindes, the Peaux-Rouges were killing … Continue reading

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Veterans Day 2023

On November 7th, 1920, in strictest secrecy, four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Asine and the Somme. None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why. The bodies were taken … Continue reading

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Alan Farrell on Soldiering

Ladies and Gentlemens: Thanks for having me here to honor those who’ve served. I was a soldier. Then I was a teacher. Now I’m just a… well, a citizen, I guess. A teacher. One day I’m dozing through a meeting of the English Composition … Continue reading

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