Cpl. Herb Lehnen, 101st AB, 327th Glider Inf. From Normandy to Bergstaden

I have a friend who lost touch with her father due to a divorce when she was about five-years-old. Much later in life she connected with cousins who were able to tell her about her biological father. As it turns out my friend’s father was a member of the 101st Airborne Division, 327th Glider Infantry […]

War in UpState New York 1777

War in UpState New York 1777

Upstate New York, August, 1777 “Gentleman” Johnny Burgoyne is leading a British Army from Canada in an invasion of New York during the American War of Independence. His goal would be Albany. By securing upstate New York  the British hoped to take the steam out of the American War for Independence by 1777-78 when the British […]

The Capture of the USS President 15 January 1815

Originally posted on War and Security:
The United Kingdom and United States of America agreed terms to end the War of 1812 on 24 December 1814. They were ratified by the UK government three days later, but the slow speed of communications from Europe to America meant that fighting continued until well into February. The…

2014 in reviews

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 46,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many […]

I’ll be home for Christmas . . .

Originally posted on The Casemate Blog:
We at Casemate wish everyone the nicest holiday season. People are reconnecting with family now, taking long-overdue days off, and in general seeking to regenerate in pleasant circumstances for the next year to come. While we all take a brief respite, nevertheless, a particular song has been going on…

Killing Patton_Book Review

Killing Patton_Book Review

Killing Patton-The Strange Death of World War IIs Most Audacious General, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Henry Holt and Company, Copyright 2014. 350 pages I would consider myself an occasional viewer of Bill O’Reilly on Fox. I can’t make up my mind as to whether I like him or not. I usually agree with his […]

World War One Reading

World War One Reading

I haven’t been writing much but have been reading so I’d thought I’d share my latest books on WW1 along with brief reviews should anyone be interested. My first plunge was John Keegan’s The First World War. Keegan’s book is written at a strategic level-a kind of movement of armies type book that gives an excellent feel to […]


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