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1066: A BLOODY AND MOMENTOUS YEAR (PART TWO)

Harold Godwinson had won a great victory at Stamford Bridge, defeating a Norse army and killing its storied leader, Harald Hardrada, the mightiest warrior in the north. But for the English king there was no time to celebrate: his erstwhile … Continue reading

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GREAT WARSHIPS: REVENGE, RACE-BUILT GALLEON

Deadliest Blogger continues our series on famous warships or types of ships in history. Beginning in 1570, English ship designers began building a sleeker, faster, more seaworthy type of galleon known as “race-built”. This name derived from their “raced” or … Continue reading

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TOP 10 GENERALS IN AMERICAN HISTORY

  Many such lists have been compiled, all perforce subjective to one degree or another. I chose “fighting generals”, who knew how to win the wars they fought. Here are Deadliest Blogger’s Top Ten Generals in American History: 10. Winfield … Continue reading

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ENGLAND IS BORN AT BLOODY BRUNANBURH

The Battle of Brunanburh in 937 is mostly forgotten today, but it is a battle that deserves to be remembered. For it was the largest and bloodiest battle fought in Anglo-Saxon England prior to Hastings (and likely surpassing that later … Continue reading

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SALAMIS: GREECE (AND WESTERN CIVILIZATION) IS SAVED BY THE “WOODEN WALLS”

Just six weeks after the brazen shields and deadly spears of Leonidas’ 300  Spartans failed to stop Xerxes at the pass of Thermopylae, Greece found salvation behind the “wooden walls” of the Athenian navy! IN 480 BC there occurred one … Continue reading

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THE DEVIL’S GUARD, HITLER’S WAFFEN-SS PART 5: DESPERATE FIGHTING IN RUSSIA AND NORMANDY

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 Four, go here.) … Continue reading

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1066: A BLOODY AND MOMENTOUS YEAR!

“By the grace of God I shall yet prove the victor!” On October 14, 1066, two determined enemies faced each other across a shallow valley: William, Duke of Normandy; and from the heights of Senlac Hill, Harold, England’s warrior king. … Continue reading

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