Monthly Archives: December 2014

GREAT CAPTAINS: GEORGE S. PATTON, JR

This is the second in a series of posts in which the “Great Captains” of military history will be examined. Unusually, this will be in video format; posting compelling biographical material. The title of Great Captain is awarded to those … Continue reading

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GREAT WARSHIPS OF HISTORY: BYZANTINE FIRE DROMON

For centuries Byzantium’s seaborne-flank was defended by a fleet of swift galleys; armed with one of history’s greatest secret weapons: Greek Fire! In 672 three great Muslim fleets were dispatched by the Muslim Caliph, Mu’awiya; to clear the sea lanes … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR: PART ELEVEN

This is the Eleventh-part of our discussion of Britain in the so-called Age of Arthur: the 5th though the mid-6th Century A.D. It is a fascinating period, with the Classical civilization of Greece and Rome giving way to the Germanic … Continue reading

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MAD KINGS AND MACCABEES: THE FIRST HANUKKAH

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights (also known as the Feast of Dedication) is celebrated with the lighting, over eight days, of the ceremonial menorah: a unique nine-branched candelabrum. The origins of this festival, and the first Hanukkah, are found in the … Continue reading

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THE DEVIL’S GUARD: HITLER’S WAFFEN-SS (PART THREE)

Few military organizations or formations in history have evoked such fear, loathing, or grudging respect as the Waffen SS! Hitler’s elite private army, their role and history are highly controversial to this very day. (To read Part Two, go here.) … Continue reading

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THE SPARTANS: ELITE WARRIORS OF ANCIENT GREECE 5

THE REAL STORY OF THE WARRIOR-HEROES OF ANCIENT GREECE! “For the Spartans, it wasn’t walls or magnificent public buildings that made a city; it was their own ideals. In essence, Sparta was a city of the head and the heart. … Continue reading

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ELITE WARRIORS OF THE DARK AGES: BUCELLARII OF BELISARIUS

From the 5th century on, Roman and Byzantine (Eastern Roman) armies increasingly came to rely upon cavalry as the elite strike force of any field army. Heralding the coming age of cavalry dominance, the wars of Justinian to reclaim the … Continue reading

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