First to Fall: the American Volunteers who Gave their Lives for France

Originally posted on History & Lore of the Old World War:
One hundred years ago, by the Spring of 1915, a full two years before America’s declaration of war against Germany, hundreds of young American men were already serving in or near the front lines— as infantrymen in the French Foreign Legion, as aviators in…

WW2 War Ads_ Veedol Motor Oil

WW2 War Ads_ Veedol Motor Oil

My July 26. 1943 issue of Life Magazine has yielded a harvest of great color advertisements and color illustrations that add to the stories in Life. I found this ad from Veedol Motor Oil to be interesting given the subject matter. As you can see it’s titled, “When Lighting Strikes a Messerschmitt.” The “Lighting” is […]

Brutal Valor Review

Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana by James Mace I just finished the Kindle Edition and have to say I enjoyed the book immensely. The Zulu War has been an interest of mine since the movies Zulu and Zulu Dawn came out many moons ago. I’ve read The Washing of the Spears by Morris twice […]

WW2 Ads_Willard Battery

WW2 Ads_Willard Battery

During WW2 Americans received their war news from short movie clips when they went to the theater, from radio and from print media such as Life Magazine. Life Magazine not only brought the war home to civilians via news stories but also encouraged public support for the war effort through the advertisers. The below ad […]

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…

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…

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…