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Why Military History Matters?

Ramblings on the importance of military history revealed through a certain trend that I have noticed in military study. This purely opinions based piece follows my thought lines to one or two possible truths. While not to be used for any serious scholarship or study, this explores a few thoughts that I have been mulling over for a time.

Women of the Field Artillery

When one thinks of the Field Artillery, the image that typically comes to mind is that of large men heaving huge rounds into cannons. This is followed by an enormous flash before somewhere off in the distance, the ground erupts in a great fireball. Large men then scramble to clear the cannon and reload, and … Continue reading

It’s About Time

I have spent nearly three years in Iraq in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Now granted, this is not as many trips as some of the people I know, but it is a significant portion of my military career. At the end of every ones of those tours, we’ve landed at the … Continue reading

The Japanese Bombing of Oregon

A few weeks ago, I did a brief outline of the Japanese bombing campaign of the Pacific Northwest, more specifically the State of Oregon. This idea was further researched and developed for a paper I was working on. I have decided to post that paper here as well in an attempt to offer a more … Continue reading

Japan bombs America (9 September 1942)

Japan succeeded in being the first and only country to bomb the United States from the skies. How and why did they accomplish this incredibly daring feat?

The Battle of Actium (2 September 31BC)

On the Ionian Seas, just off of the shores of Greece, the navies of the fledgeling empire that Rome was becoming and the kingdom of Egypt met to decide the outcome of a political dispute. That dispute had its seeds planted first during the campaigns of Julius Caesar in Asia Minor. They were then cultivated … Continue reading

Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massare (24 August 1572)

In the early morning hours of 24 August 1572, a group of Frenchmen loyal to King Charles IX advanced on the home in which Admiral Gaspard de Coligny was staying. These men broke into the home, killed several of the guards before killing the Admiral in his quarters. The body of Coligny was then thrown … Continue reading

Hitler’s Holy Relics

Hitler’s Holy Relics by Sidney Kirkpatrick is an absolutely fascinating novel. It is the account of then Lieutenant Walter Horn, a German who managed to escape the Fatherland before Nazi occupation and found himself living in America. After World War II broke out, Horn joined the Army and was made an interrogator for Army Intelligence. … Continue reading

The Closing of the Curtain (15 August 1961)

Since 1945, two of the most powerful nations in the world had been in a constant state of tension. The Cold War between the United States and Russia was in full swing. But there was a problem that the USSR could not ignore. Following the fall of the Third Reich, Germany was divided into four … Continue reading

USA vs USSR: The Greatest War to Never Happen

Following the end of World War II, an odd thing happened. In the dawn of the nuclear age and the advent of a single bomb that could level entire cities, the great superpowers of the world could no longer afford to engage in combat against each other. After all, the policy of Assured Mutual Destruction … Continue reading

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  • John Stum is a student of military history at American Military University. Currently, he serves as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. All views expressed in this blog are those of SSG Stum and him alone.
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