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  • Deadliest Day in American History is September 17 – Antietam By the Numbers

    01/16/2019 10:05:36 PM PST · by vannrox · 33 replies
    War History Online ^ | 17SEP18 | Guest Blogger at warhistory online
      SHARE:FacebookTwitter Today marks the 156th anniversary of Antietam, arguably the pivotal battle of the Civil War. Had the South won on that September day, Robert E. Lee could have marauded through Union territory, European powers might have intervened on behalf of the Rebels, Maryland might have flipped its loyalty to the Confederacy.What we know as America might be two separate nations today. Instead the Union was victorious, banishing Lee’s army from the North, paving the way for the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves.So much was at stake — the fighting rose to a pitch that was heretofore unimaginable....
  • How a Drunken Colonel Wasted the Gallant 7th Maine at Antietam

    01/11/2019 12:10:06 AM PST · by vannrox · 12 replies
    War History Online ^ | 13SEP17 | Guest Blogger
    Late in the afternoon of September 17, roughly an hour before the sunset that would mark the close of the bloodiest day in U.S. history, a Maine regiment met with a wholly unnecessary fate. Just when the regiments’ soldiers thought they’d made it through the battle relatively unscathed, they got pulled back in with disastrous consequences. At Antietam, due to Union commander George McClellan’s piecemeal strategy, the fighting was conducted sector by sector. (General Phil Kearny once described McClellan as “fighting by driblets.”) The severe topography of the Antietam Valley, featuring a field carved into discrete sections, contributed further to...
  • The Fall of the Aztecs, The Bloody Path to Tenochtitlan

    01/09/2019 10:35:33 PM PST · by vannrox · 103 replies
    War History Online ^ | 15NOV17 | Greg Jackson
    Tenochtitlan was an absolutely amazing city. The city was larger than any in Europe at the time and held approximately 200,000 people with some estimates as high as 350,000. Built over 100 years or so on Lake Texcoco, the city was impressively organized. Being built on the lake meant that land platforms were created as needed in an orderly fashion leaving clean canal streets for canoe traffic and multiple bridges and paths for pedestrians. Each neighborhood was distinct and had its required services from schools to garbage collectors. The city also had fabulous amenities befitting a great city. Huge gardens...
  • Shanahan and China

    01/07/2019 2:39:44 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 5, 2019 | David Archibald
    snip China is the only country on the planet with the intent, the means, the will, and a plan to kill Americans in large numbers. In a week in which President Xi Jinping called for China to invade Taiwan, Chinese Navy rear admiral Lou Yuan called for the sinking of two U.S. aircraft carriers to cause 10,000 combat deaths of U.S. military personnel. The admiral wants to find out how frightened America will get. That is what passes for a casus belli in these times. snip
  • Trump's Right About 'Ridiculous' Misuse of US Forces

    01/06/2019 2:31:31 AM PST · by vannrox · 24 replies
    townhall ^ | 2jan19 | Jacob Sullum
    Donald Trump has been complaining for years about the promiscuous use of American military personnel. Two weeks ago, he did something about it, announcing the withdrawal of 2,000 troops from Syria and 7,000 from Afghanistan. Republicans joined Democrats in condemning Trump for acting impulsively, sowing "chaos," and precipitating a "national security crisis." But it's the president's overwrought critics who are making choices without thinking, driven by the momentum of military mistakes to support open-ended commitments that make no sense. The U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war was never authorized by Congress, and its aims were nebulous. A few months ago,...
  • Great Sieges: Jerusalem (70 CE) – One Million Lives Lost In 8 Months Of Combat

    01/04/2019 1:43:21 AM PST · by vannrox · 34 replies
    War History Online ^ | 16NOV18 | William Mclaughlin
    The Romans generally tolerated other religions, allowing and even welcoming Egyptian gods into their pantheon. Though they viewed the monotheistic Jews as being odd, they left more or less free to practice their own religion. The great Jewish revolt was not a religious war, but a war against Roman imperialism and unfair taxation. In the 60’s CE a financial crisis forced Rome to raise the taxes throughout the empire. The Jews in Jerusalem resisted the extra taxes heavily and fighting broke out after Roman forces looted a temple and killed as many as 6,000 citizens. This massacre prompted a region-wide...
  • Jack Hinson: A Civil War Sniper Hell Bent on Revenge

    01/04/2019 1:38:59 AM PST · by vannrox · 71 replies
    War History Online ^ | 16APR18 | Shahan Russell
    John W. “Jack” Hinson, better known as “Old Jack” to his family, was a prosperous farmer in Stewart County, Tennessee. A non-political man, he opposed secession from the Union even though he owned slaves. Friends and neighbors described him as a peaceable man, yet despite all this, he would end up going on a one-man killing spree. Jack’s plantation was called Bubbling Springs, where he lived with his wife and ten children. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, he was fiercely determined to remain neutral. When Union Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant arrived in the area in February...
  • Real World War-Why we are nowhere near winning it.

    01/03/2019 4:18:44 AM PST · by SJackson · 24 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 3, 2019 | Michael Ledeen
    “The war is on,” General Mike Flynn wrote three years ago.  And he went on to describe it in our best-selling book The Field of Fight. We face a working coalition that extends from North Korea and China to Russia, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua.  We are under attack, not only from nation-states directly, but also from al Qaeda, Hezbollah, ISIS, and countless other terror groups. It’s a world war, and the enemy alliance is composed of both radical Islamist groups and nations—above all, Iran and its proxies--and radical secular tyrannies, like Putin’s.  While we have defeated them...
  • They Shall Not Grow Old Is the Movie of the Year

    01/02/2019 6:02:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | December 31, 2018 | Rich Lowry
    The filmmaker Peter Jackson deserves more than an Oscar; he deserves a medal. What the director of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies has done with his World War I documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, is more than restore archival film; he has restored the humanity of men caught up in one of history’s great cataclysms. This is an aesthetic achievement of the highest order, and a great service to history.
  • Chinese Admiral Wants To “Sink Two US Aircraft Carriers” Over South China Sea

    01/01/2019 10:34:40 PM PST · by blam · 41 replies
    Mere days after Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to “resolutely” defend China’s security interest – a veiled reference to maintaining its domination of the South China Sea – has published details from a speech delivered two weeks ago by one of China’s leading military commanders where he outlined a strategy to rebuff the US Navy should it take an even more interventionist posture within the nine-dash line. Rear Admiral Lou Yuan told an audience in Shenzhen that the simmering dispute over the East and South China Seas could be decisively ended by sinking two US aircraft carriers.(Admiral Lou Yuan,...
  • 2019 from a "FOURTH TURNING" Perspective

    01/01/2019 10:08:14 PM PST · by vannrox · 46 replies
    The Burning Platform ^ | 31DEC19 | Administrator
    “An impasse over the federal budget reaches a stalemate. The president and Congress both refuse to back down, triggering a near-total government shutdown. The president declares emergency powers. Congress rescinds his authority. Dollar and bond prices plummet. The president threatens to stop Social Security checks. Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling. Default looms. Wall Street panics.” – The Fourth Turning – Strauss & Howe Strauss and Howe wrote their book in 1996. They were not trying to be prophets of doom, but observers of history able to connect events through human life cycles of 80 or so years. Using...
  • America Will Not Stand For The Coup Being Realized

    12/26/2018 5:22:44 AM PST · by vannrox · 48 replies
    tsarism ^ | 11DEC18 | by L Todd Wood
    Rush Limbaugh is right. Recently El Rush declared “wobbly” voters who supported President Trump in 2016 need to keep the cultural stakes in perspective: “We actually are on the cusp of losing our founding and being overrun officially with socialism and worse,” reported The Washington Times. I have a prediction. America will not stand for the coup against our duly-elected President Donald J. Trump. It would be one thing if this was a legitimate ‘investigation’ into Russian corruption. However, it is obvious it is not. All you have to do is look at what is NOT being investigated to discern...
  • The Establishment Will Never Say No to a War

    12/25/2018 8:32:42 PM PST · by vannrox · 30 replies
    Intelligencer ^ | 21DEC18 | Andrew Sullivan
    The Establishment Will Never Say No to a War By Andrew Sullivan A U.S. Army convoy in northern Syria. Photo: Sebastian Backhaus/NurPhoto via Getty Images The question before us is a relatively simple one: What would be the criteria for removing our remaining troops from the Iraqi, Syrian, and more general Middle Eastern conflicts? Or, for that matter, from Afghanistan, where we have been trapped for more than 17 long years of still open-ended occupation? If the answer to that question is that only when each of these countries is a healthy pro-American democracy, and Islamist terrorism has ceased to...
  • Trump is leaving 50,000 Syrian civilians to die (Ballistic Hurling Chunks Alert)

    12/20/2018 10:20:08 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 91 replies
    WashPost ^ | 12-20-2018 | Josh Rogin
    President Trump’s surprise decision to rapidly withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria is meeting with intense criticism by foreign policy experts, who denounce it as strategically stupid, reckless for national security and a blow to America’s global credibility. But inside Syria, the consequences are even more serious. For one example, 50,000 Syrian civilian refugees living under the direct protection of the U.S. military are suddenly fearing for their lives. For three years, civilians living in the Rukban refugee camp in the southeastern Syrian desert have survived because of the protection of U.S. forces encamped 10 miles away on a base...
  • Peter Jackson’s WWI Doc ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Breaks Fathom Events B.O. Records With $2.3M

    12/18/2018 11:29:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | December 18, 2018 | Anthony D'Alessandro
    Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, which Warner Bros. acquired global rights to following the pic’s BFI London Film Fest premiere in October, drew an impressive $2.3M at last night’s Fathom Event which took place in 1,122 theaters over two showtimes (4pm & 7pm). Fathom reports that They Shall Not Grow Old was their largest event year-to-do date at the B.O. out of 160, their largest documentary ever and the fourth largest event of all-time at the domestic B.O. Cineplex Event Screens showed the doc in Canada.
  • This World War I Footage Was Smoothed and Colorized. And it’s Amazing.

    12/18/2018 6:37:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | December 17, 2018 | Peter Martin
    It’s been 100 years since World War I ended. To mark the occasion, director Peter Jackson took hundreds of hours of battlefield footage from the Imperial War Museum in London, updated it, and turned it into a moving documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old. Since none of the footage had sound, Jackson’s production company, Park Road Post Production, in New Zealand, added it in. “We wanted the full gamut of sounds,” Jackson says. “From the wind in the trees to footsteps in the mud to the jangle of the equipment to the click-clack of the rifle bolts to the horse...
  • Men At War

    12/17/2018 1:02:41 AM PST · by Ozguy1945 · 21 replies ^ | 17 December 2018 | Geoff Fox
    The senselessness that sometimes overtakes men at war. Certainly not all the time. Lest We Forget.
  • Former Green Beret Charged In The Death Of Suspected Taliban Bomb Maker.

    12/15/2018 10:02:08 AM PST · by seekthetruth · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 14, 2018 | Greg Norman
    A former Green Beret who told Fox News in 2016 that he killed a suspected Taliban bomb maker nearly a decade ago during combat operations in Afghanistan is now being charged in the man’s death -- a move his lawyer says is an act of betrayal by the Army. The murder charge facing Maj. Matthew Golsteyn comes after years of on-and-off investigations by the Army following an incident said to have taken place during his 2010 deployment. A military tribunal that probed the killing years ago initially cleared Golsteyn -- but the investigation into him was re-opened after he spoke...
  • Millennial Men Ditching Traditional ‘Masculine’ Values, More Likely To Embrace ‘Emotional Strength’

    12/03/2018 10:33:08 AM PST · by ExSoldier · 98 replies
    Study Finds ^ | 12/1/2018 | Ben Renner
    VANCOUVER — As the famous Village People song declares, “Every man wants to be a macho macho man / To have the kind of body, always in demand.” But are “macho macho” mindsets becoming a thing of the past? A new study finds that male millennials are drifting away from stereotypical masculine values. The research, led by the University of British Columbia, showed that younger men tend to value selflessness, social engagement, and health over traditional male ideals like physical strength and autonomy.
  • Russia's New Military Cathedral will train War Priests

    11/30/2018 6:18:39 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Nov 29, 2018
    A Russian Orthodox cathedral set to be built for the country’s armed forces will reportedly train military priests, the head of a foundation in charge of collecting donations for its construction has said. Blueprints for the Armed Forces cathedral were reportedly unveiled at the Venice Bienalle on Thursday, two months after the Russian Defense Ministry began collecting donations to build the megastructure. Reports this year disclosed plans to train priests embedded with the Airborne Troops to drive combat vehicles and operate communication equipment. “A school for military priests is being built and the institute of Sisters of Charity nurses will...