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A Coal War in West Virginia circa 1921

A Coal War in West Virginia circa 1921

A few years ago my wife and I traveled to Virginia for our wedding anniversary. Our destination was the beautiful Shenandoah Valley but to get there we had to travel through another beautiful area, the mountains of West Virginia. West Virginia is coal country. The people (not those struck down by poverty and lack of […]

The French Army in Mexico and Algeria in the Movies

The French Army in Mexico and Algeria in the Movies

I’ve been down with a knee injury for a number of weeks but it’s allowed me to watch some movies on my Netflix list, the kind of movies that my wife would have zero interest in! Three of them were subtitled; the original’s being in Russian (The Ninth Company), Spanish (Cinco de Mayo: La Batatlla) […]

The Hero of the Siege of Delhi

The Hero of the Siege of Delhi

Sometimes when you have too many books you forgot what you’ve bought only to find one lying about later. Such was the case with At All Costs-Stories of Impossible Victories by British historian Bryan Perrett. I had purchased the book at a used book store and laid it on the shelf and forgot about it […]

Brown Water Navy Monitor

The other day at a funeral luncheon I met a representative from the DAV (Disabled American Veterans). He was also a Vietnam War veteran so naturally I took the opportunity to do a brief interview and he was more than willing to oblige me. As it turns out he was part of the Brown Water […]

Uncle Bill’s Cold War Cruiser

Sometimes when you did through family history pictures you get a surprise. My Uncle Bill (William Zoromski), whom I had only met a couple of times once when I was 6 and another time when I was sixteen, reportedly served on the USS Providence, a guided missile cruiser that I supposedly toured in 1959 when […]

US Navy’s Rat Patrol

When my wife and I visited the Russell Road Military Museum I found a number of vehicles that I could not immediately identify. One of them was what appeared to be a dune buggy with US Navy markings. I wondered what possible use could the US Navy have for these small vehicles. They looked like […]

Mind Boggling Military Hardware Museum in Illinois_1

I finally took the time to visit the Russell Road Museum. The Russell Road Museum is a private enterprise devoted to preserving military hardware from the WW2 era to the present. The museum sits on the border between Wisconsin and Illinois but officially is in Illinois, but not by much! The museum was previously in […]

Flying Under Two Flags-An Ex-RAF Pilot in Israel’s War of Independence_book review

I had been aware that Israel had a few ME-109G’s in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948-49 but I had no idea how they got there. In a FB chat a friend tuned me into Mr. Levett’s book and lent it to me. From the first page to the last the book was interesting which […]

Empire of the Summer Moon

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne My rating: 5 of 5 stars About a month ago I watched the prequel to the Lonesome Dove series-Comanche Moon. I would rate the three-part series 3 out of […]

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