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Tag Archives: History

  • The Best Military-Based Podcasts

    Best Military Based Podcasts

    According to figures released in September 2019 by Ofcom, 7.1 million people in the UK listen to podcasts, equating to roughly one person in every eight. This is a year on year increase of 24%, meaning more people now than ever are tuning into podcasts.

    This proliferation has meant that there are more opportunities for podcasters to be heard, allowing for the creation of new shows to bring exciting content to the ears of the masses.

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  • What are Military Peacekeeping Missions?

    Man holding a peace flag

    As we've spoken about in our blog countless times, we are fascinated by the military, both at home and abroad. We've recently taken a look at Joint Force 2025 and marvelled at the plans to upgrade the UK's military power. We've also looked at guns and equipment used by the military, such as how bomb suits are made and used.

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  • Military Heroes: Sir Arthur Harris

    Sir Arthur Harris

    The term ’military hero’ is perhaps not so appropriate for Sir Arthur Harris, depending on which side of the fence you stand on. His role within the First and Second World Wars undoubtedly played a part in the Allied victory, but the question is whether the ends justified the means. His tactics, ideas and opinions were certainly dividing, and to many, seemed extreme. Here, we take a look at the life and career of Sir Arthur Harris, also known as Bomber or Butcher Harris, and leave it to you to form your own opinion.

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  • Paul Van Riper and the Millennium Challenge

    Royal Marines Saluting CaptainYes, the title may sound like a discarded Harry Potter spin-off series, but it is, in fact, serious stuff. The story of the Millennium Challenge has flown relatively under the radar for a number of years. It was first brought into public consciousness by Malcolm Gladwell and his book ‘Blink’; A non-fiction title which looked to educate us on the idea of ‘thinking without thinking’, the decision making process and the story behind our snap decisions. The book was published in 2005 and continues to be used in classrooms and lecture halls across the country. Gladwell wrote about the Millennium Challenge in a way that made it accessible for the masses to understand, something which had not been done until that point. This accessibility was what prompted a deeper dive into the events, and General Paul Van Riper’s role within them.

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  • Military Heroes: Alan Turing

    Alan Turing Slate Sculpture

    Image Source: Steve Parker

    Alan Turing, born in London in 1912, was a Mathematician, Cryptographer and seen as a pioneer of computer science. His work during World War II was unprecedented and one of the most outstanding contributions from a single individual. A life of talent, success and persecution, tainted by a tragic end, his story has been told and retold since his passing with his work continuing to form the basis for technology such as artificial intelligence. Find out more about his life here!

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  • The Rules of War

    Soldiers firing guns

    It has long been humans natural instinct to solve conflict with violence. And unfortunately, that conflict isn’t always a true threat. That being said, since the beginning, others have desperately tried to limit the damage and hurt war inflicts, and it was with this humanitarian spirit that the Geneva Convention was created. Continue reading

  • Military Heroes: Vasily Zaitsev

    Vasily Zaitsev

    In our third instalment of our military heroes series, we travel to Russia to explore the life of Vasily Zaitsev. Along with the UK, the US, France and China, the Soviet Union were the final nation to make up the Allied Forces during WWII. Vasily fought for the Soviet Union from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945, leaving an immeasurable impact and legacy.

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  • The Story Behind the U.S Navy’s Ice Cream Barge

    US Navy in White Uniform

    During a war, the smallest of margins can make the biggest of differences. Having the edge over the enemy forces, no matter how small or insignificant it may be, can turn the tide of a battle. The coordinated efforts of those in the U.S to effectively manage and distribute rations to soldiers played a vital role in the allied troops’ success in World War II.

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  • A Brief History of the Uzi Submachine Gun

    Person firing uzi machine gun

    Whether you’re into military history, a dedicated video game player or an airsoft skirmisher, chances are you will have come across the Uzi on more than one occasion. It is an iconic gun that has played its part in military history while simultaneously being a part of popular culture. In this article, we take a look into the history of this famed firearm.

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  • Military Heroes: Sir Winston Churchill

    Winston Churchill in a car

    In the second instalment of our Military Heroes series, we take a look at the life of Sir Winston Churchill. Although Churchill had been deployed to countries across the world, including Belgium, Sudan, Cuba and India, both serving on the front line and observing as a journalist, this is not what he is most commonly known for. Instead, he is famed for his heroic speeches and brave decisions as Prime Minister during WWII. In this article, we take a look at his early life and the road that led him to become one of the UK’s most renowned war time heroes.

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