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A Dying Comrade and the Medal of Honor-Two American Heroes

A Dying Comrade and the Medal of Honor-Two American Heroes

There is an interesting article in the Spring issue of AARP. I am not a member of AARP but a friend gave me a copy knowing of my interest in history. The article features nine short stories from veterans that reflect their personal memories of the conflicts they were involved in from World War 2 […]

Before He was “Old Blood and Guts”

Before He was “Old Blood and Guts”

I seem to recall a Bill Mauldin cartoon featuring the iconic GIs Willie and Joe making comments as General George Patton passes by. Willie says, “there goes old blood and guts” and Joe says, “yeah, our blood and his guts.” George Patton is certainly a legend but there was a time when he was relatively […]

The British have got Tanks!

The British have got Tanks!

“A wounded man from the 7th Company approached us from the right and gasped a few heavily charged words. ‘The British have got tanks!’ A cold shiver ran down my spine; the effect of this information on the morale of my men was plain to see. they. who had just been pouring scorn on the […]

Who was Lincoln’s Lion?

Originally posted on The Casemate Blog:
? La Salle native and 1965 graduate of La Salle-Peru Township High School, James Huffstodt of Tallahassee, Fla., is the author of a recently released biography of one of Illinois’s most heroic Civil War generals who was also a personal protégé of President Abraham Lincoln. “Lincoln’s Bold Lion: The…

Grossvater, ist sie? (Grandfather, is this you?)

Grossvater, ist sie? (Grandfather, is this you?)

Gravelotte-St. Privat was the largest battle in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71). It involved nearly 200,000 Germans and just over 100,000 French.  It was fought August 18, 1870. The battle was fought fives years after the conclusion of the American Civil War and in that time advances in weaponry had made the old style Napoleonic tactics […]

First Over There_Book Review and more.

First Over There_Book Review and more.

First Over There-The Attack on Cantigny, America’s First Battle of World War I, Matthew Davenport Thomas Dunn Books, St. Martin’s Press, New York 360 pages including notes. Select bibliography and index I started to study WW1 back in 2012 as Europe prepared for the upcoming centennial of WW1 that would commence in August 2014. I knew little […]

War Toys_1

Below are three pics of some of my summer finds at rummage sales or antique stores. Although I’ve been a military miniature collector (and painter) for most of my life I never branched out into collectible war toys that were manufactured for most of the last century but are increasingly rare today. The models below […]

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