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The Cumberland Clerk of Clark Field

Originally posted on The American Warrior:
Confession: Part of the perils of conducting archival research far from home is that I get easily distracted. I’ll be plowing through piles of government documents looking for nuggets relevant to my next book, then I’ll stumble across an insanely cool story that I can’t help but to track…

USS Cobia

USS Cobia

The USS Cobia is a WW2 Gato Class submarine on permanent display in Manitowoc, Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. The Cobia was actually built in Connecticut but is exactly the same as the 28 submarines built in Manitowoc during WW2. The building of 28 submarines in a fresh water, inland port is something of […]

Writing to the Interests of the State

Writing to the Interests of the State

Shortly after Adolf Hitler took power in Germany in 1933 his Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, a vicious anti-Semite, assembled 300 Berlin journalists to instruct them on the Nazi’s new National Press Law. From that point on the journalists would have to be a licensed member of Goebbels’ newly formed Reichsverband der Deutschen Presse (press […]

German Postcards WW1

German Postcards WW1

I picked these two repro postcards up at a gun show from a fellow who deals in militaria. The cards are typical of the type used by most of the major powers in WW1. The soldier at the front would send one of these to his wife or sweetheart to remind her of his love […]

The Battle of Jutland 31 May – 2 June 1916

Originally posted on War and Security:
Introduction On 25 April 1916, whilst returning from the Lowestoft Raid, Admiral Reinhard Scheer, Commander-in-Chief of the German High Seas Fleet (HSF), learnt that U-boats were to conduct commerce warfare in line with prize law regulations until further notice. This decision was made after the USA threatened to cut…

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 […]

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