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Tag Archives: History

  • 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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  • Military Heroes: Barnes Wallis

    Barnes Wallis

    Image Source: Northern_Forza

    As fans of all things military, we think it’s important to look back into military history to remember and celebrate some of the military heroes of past and present. It’s a divisive subject and depending on where you’re reading this blog from, the word ‘hero’ could easily be replaced with something less effusive. However, being UK based, for the most part, these blogs will be relatively UK-centric, with the occasional international hero included.

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  • What are Private Militaries?

    Private Military standing on tanks

    Although it sounds like something taken straight of a futuristic film or novel, private military companies (PMCs) are in fact a real thing and have been operating across the world for some time. A PMC is a private company that provides security services and armed combat assistance for money. In this article, we explore how the now massive, global industry was born and look to uncover exactly what it is the contractors do to earn their keep.

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  • Brief History of Night Vision Devices

    Person using a night vision device

    Night vision enables users to operate in extremely low light conditions. This revolutionary technology was initially developed for military use and has been altered in many ways to further its capabilities. Read on to learn about the interesting history of night vision devices.

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