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4 Reasons the Machine Gun Is Still Relevant

This article is a direct rebuttal to one recently penned by Tim Kirkpatrick of “We Are The Mighty”, and re-circulated by Business Insider. The article naively provided the reader with 4 reasons why the United States Marine Corps has no need for fully automatic weapons – an asinine assessment of the needs of an infantry …

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Mario Tonelli – Notre Dame grad, Bataan Death March participant

Mario Tonelli was the son of an Episcopalian minister and graduate of Notre Dame University in 1938. He played football as a fullback for “The Fighting Irish.” Upon his graduation, he joined the military – a career which began in Manila, Philippines; just two months before the Japanese would launch a surprise attack on Pearl …

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World War I: The story of “The Lost Battalion”

As World War I continued to rage on in it’s fourth year, The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was launched by the Allied Powers on September 26th, 1918. It would be the final offensive of the war, as well as the bloodiest battle fought in American history, with over 300,000 total dead. The goal of the offensive was …

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The Guns of Athens

Edward Hull “Boss” Crump was an American politician from Memphis, Tennessee. As a politician in first half of the 1900’s, he enjoyed a large amount of success, being in control of what is now called a “political machine.” (Remember William “Boss” Tweed, from Gangs of New York? Same situation, different state.) You see. E.H. Crump …

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USS Johnston – The Little Ship That Could

The United States Army’s Sixth Army launched the Battle of Leyte on October 17th, 1944.  Supporting the landings as well as providing cover against the Japanese Navy was William “Bull” Halsey’s powerful 3rd Fleet, which was located near Samar to provide carrier support for the invasion of the Philippines. Japanese Admiral Ozawa’s strategy was to …

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Stranger Than Fiction

Castle Itter was a 19th-century castle located in northern Austria, being used by the Germans as a prison to hold valuable prisoners including French generals, Communists, soldiers, former government leaders, and oddly enough, a French tennis player. On May 3rd, a prisoner successfully made contact with a German SS officer, Josef Gangl, who was sympathetic …

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The First D-Day – American Expeditionary Force

The Battle of St. Mihiel occured between the 12th and 15th of September, 1918. This was the only offensive to be carried out solely by the American Expeditionary Force, following a plan devised by General Pershing. The idea was for the American troops to break through the German line, and capture the fortified city of …

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The Rebel Banker

In August of 1781, the Continental Army under George Washington had finally trapped the British forces under General Charles Cornwallis in the Virginia coastal city of Yorktown. General Washington devised a plan to encircle and defeat the British forces. The Revolution had proven to be a costly war thus far – both in the terms …

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