Monthly Archives: February 2012

ELITE WARRIORS OF HISTORY: THE VARANGIAN GUARD

The 10th century was the zenith of the Viking Age. The warriors of Scandinavia, renowned for their ferocity, cunning, and fighting prowess were feared throughout Europe. In the East, the Scandinavian’s who settled in what became Russia were known as … Continue reading

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MOVIE REVIEW

ACT OF VALOR (2012) Act of Valor occupies a unique and singularly effective niche in filmmaking: it is a film about war featuring actual warriors playing, in essences, themselves. That is not to confuse it with a dry documentary. This … Continue reading

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ELITE WARRIORS OF HISTORY

THE JOMSVIKINGS Founded in the late 10th century, the Jomsvikings were a Scandinavian warrior brotherhood, based at Jomsborg, a fortress on the southern Baltic shore (likely near modern Wollin, in German Pomerania).  Their origins are shaded in fable and obscured … Continue reading

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U.S. MILITARY INSTRUCTIONS, GUIDELINES, AND AXIOMS

“Aim towards the Enemy.” Instruction printed on U.S. Army Rocket “When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.” -U.S.M.C. Training Bulletin “Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the … Continue reading

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MY FAVORITE HISTORICAL NOVELS (in no particular order)

Ancient Period The Source, by James Michener (History of one town in Palestine, from Stone Age to Present) Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield (Spartans and Thermopylae) Virtues of War,   “     (Alexander’s memoires) The Afghan Campaign, “    (Alexander’s Afghan war) … Continue reading

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THE SACK OF BAGHDAD BY THE MONGOLS

On February 15, 1258  a Mongol army sacked Baghdad, holy city of the Abbasid Caliphate.  Shortly after, the Khan ordered the death of the last Abbasid Caliph, Al-Musta’sim. Though hardly remembered, it was an event that rocked the Muslim world in its days; the repercussions … Continue reading

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Welcome to Deadliest Blogger: My Military History Blog

Hello, and welcome! Barry Jacobsen, Spartan Expert from Spike TV’s “DEADLIEST WARRIOR” http://www.spike.com/video-clips/097n20/deadliest-warrior-the-aftermath-spartan-vs-ninja, writer, stunt choreographer and historian extraordinaire now has his own blog right here! A place to discuss and share what I find important, interesting, and topical: history, … Continue reading

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