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“13 HOURS” MAY BE THE BEST WAR MOVIE IN 15 YEARS!

Not since 2001’s “Black Hawk Down” has there been a film that captures modern combat so well as the new film by Director Michael Bay, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”. Much like that earlier film by Ridley Scott, … Continue reading

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ZULU: DEATH AND REDEMPTION IN THE AFRICAN SUN

On 11 January 1879, a British Army crossed the Buffalo River, the boundary between the British Natal province and the independent native African kingdom of the Zulus. After the refusal by the Zulu king Cetshwayo of an insulting British ultimatum, … Continue reading

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MASSACRE IN THE PASSES: ELPHINSTONE’S DISASTER!

Foolish political policies and military incompetence lead to bloody disaster for the British in the First Afghan War! In 1876, George Armstrong Custer and some 268 some members of the US 7th cavalry were “massacred” in battle against native Lakota … Continue reading

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MAD KINGS AND MACCABEES (PART THREE)

In the 2nd century BC a “mad king” threatened to extinguish the Jewish religion and obliterate the Jew’s unique identity. A champion arose, David-like, to challenge the Seleucid Goliath and defend his people: Judah Maccabee: “The Hammer”! His struggle freed … Continue reading

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DIADOCHI: MACEDONIAN GAME OF THRONES (PART 8)

Long before George R.R. Martin penned his tale of war, intrigue and treachery the ancient world was scene to its own version of Game of Thrones. (This is the eighth  in a series concerning the Wars of the Diadochi. Part 1 can be read … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR: PART TWENTY

Unique among the territories of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, Britain succeeded in holding back and even reversing the tide of Germanic conquest for nearly two centuries. This was an age of heroes… It was the Age … Continue reading

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MAD KINGS AND MACCABEES (PART TWO)

In the 2nd century BC a “mad king” threatened to extinguish the Jewish religion and obliterate the Jew’s unique identity. A champion arose, David-like, to challenge the Seleucid Goliath and defend his people: Judah Maccabee: “The Hammer”! His struggle freed … Continue reading

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