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“OLD HICKORY” BREAKS THE THIN RED LINE AT NEW ORLEANS!

“OLD HICKORY” SHATTERS THE BRITISH ATTEMPT TO CONTROL THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI AT NEW ORLEANS; AND SAVES THE FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES! The War of 1812* was a mere sideshow for the British, desperately committed as they were … Continue reading

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MASSACRE IN THE PASSES: BRITAIN’S FIRST AFGHAN WAR DEBACLE

Foolish political policies and dithering indecision 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 Army’s 7th cavalry were “massacred” in battle against native … Continue reading

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JOYOUS CHRISTMAS: TRUCE ON THE WESTERN FRONT

An improbable and impromptu truce and gift exchange occurred between Allies and Germans on Christmas 1914. It was a bright moment in the grim, terrible war on the Western Front; one no participant ever forgot. There can be honor and … Continue reading

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MAD KINGS AND MACCABEES: THE STORY BEHIND THE FIRST HANUKKAH

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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SPARTANS, ELITE WARRIORS OF ANCIENT GREECE 5: BRASIDAS’ MACEDONIAN CAMPAIGN

“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. And it existed in its purest form in the … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR, PART ELEVEN: CERDIC THE SAXON

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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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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