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  • An Irish Tale of Leaving

    by Darrell Duke
    Ireland. 1778. The British have been ruling here for centuries. Edward “Red” Houlihan is a Rebel – an Irishman continually rejecting the tyranny of his country’s invaders. Red travels from his home island, Inis Meáin, in Galway Bay to the mainland where he continues his journeys on his faithful horse, Bolg. Red retrieves his wife, Ellen, and their son, John. He plans to take them away, leave Ireland for good, across the ocean to a place called Newfoundland. To avoid capture, Red decides to run... more
  • Pad Pennywell

    by Patrick Horn
    During post Civil War era reconstruction, former slave Pad Pennywell had hopes of starting a new life with his wife, daughter and adopted family in Texas. Little did Pad know that his life was about to be torn apart, when his family is brutalized by a band of thieves and murderers along the Harrisonburg Rd, a stretch of trail that connects the Natchez trace with the El Camino Real. Taken captive by John West, a psychopathic murderer who’s charm and hypocrisy are only matched by his lust for blo... more
  • Armenians in the Age of Alexander the Great: Soldiers of the Hellenistic War Machine, revised

    by Michael Boyajian

    With the fall of Persia at the hands of Alexander the Great the Armenians became soldiers in the Hellenistic war machine marching to the ends of the known world in conquest. With photography

  • Notes From The Trenches

    by Gary Foster
    The Foster family of Wisconsin were vibrant and happy in the early years of the 20th century. Like many families in the area, they were descended from German immigrants and had a healthy appetite for hard work and beer. Barbara Foster, widowed early in life, created a loving home for her children Leo, Ottilia, Mary, and Kunigunda. They were all musicians, forming their own orchestra and playing in regional and local venues. But despite Woodrow Wilson’s promises, America found itself drawn into t... more
  • Shell Shock: Twin Sisters Born Into New York's Gilded Age Struck Down by the Horrors of War

    by Dennis Whitehead
    Dorothea and Gladys Cromweell were twin sisters born into wealth in New York's Gilded Age. With America's entry into the First World War, the twins wished to do their part, volunteering for service in their beloved France with the American Red Cross. Stationed near the front lines, the sisters were subjected to round-the-clock bombardment of both their bodies and their very souls. Tragedy struck on the ship bringing them home after the fighting stopped, an event heard round the world... more
  • Oxford College Arms

    by John Tepper Marlin
  • A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WWI

    by Melina Druga

    How did newspapers report the events of World War 1?  How much of the story was the media able to tell?

     

    Author Melina Druga asked these very questions and weaves together details from key events in the war using contemporary newspapers as her main source.  As a consequence, the events in A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1 do not have the benefit of hindsight and analysis.  The reporting is chaotic, incomplete and often inacc... more

  • 1918: A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1 Part 5

    by Melina Druga

    Delight tempered by disease.

     

    On Nov. 11, 1918, the war ends, prompting spontaneous and boisterous parties to erupt in cities throughout the United States and Canada.

     

    Joy follows the deadliest month of the Spanish Flu Pandemic, a pandemic that would kill more Americans and Canadians than the war.

     

    Part five in the A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1 series.  The series explores journalism history by ... more

  • 1917: A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and World War I part 4

    by Melina Druga

    Like two years earlier, 1917 is a chaotic spring.

     

    Canadian troops easily take their objective at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  The battle would later be called Canada’s coming-of-age.  While newspapers at the time do not use this term, there is a definite sense that something important has occurred.

     

    U.S. President Woodrow Wilson ran for re-election on the pledge that he kept the U.S. out the war.  However, as submarine w... more

  • 1916: A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1 part 3

    by Melina Druga

    One nation shows valor on the battlefield.  Another goes to battle at the ballot box.

     

    The Battle of the Somme drags on in Europe and witnesses a new weapon of war – the tank.  The battle receives sparse coverage back home, however, as Canadians are preoccupied with a variety of homefront problems. 

     

    Meanwhile, the United States goes to the polls in a close election that pits Democrats against Republicans and Republica... more

  • 1915: A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and World War I Part 2

    by Melina Druga

    Spring 1915 is consumed with two traumatic events. 

     

    Canadian troops endures a trial by fire at the Second Battle of Ypres.  While the Canadians are ultimately successful – to the pride of their countrymen – the battle marks the first widespread use of chlorine gas.   The gas moves across the ground like a yellow-green fog, damaging the mucus membranes and causing asphyxiation.

     

    Meanwhile, Americans are rock... more

  • 1914: A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and World War I - Part one (A Tale of Two Nations Book 1)

    by Melina Druga

    The story of two North American countries that found themselves embroiled in an European war – one by circumstance and one by choice. 

     

    June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and his wife Sophie are shot and killed by Slavic nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, Bosnia.  At first, the event is only of regional interest, but soon war clouds are enveloping Europe.  

     

    In Can... more

  • The Life of an Airborne Ranger- Book One: Donovan's Skirmish

    by Michael Kitz-Miller

    The Life of an Airborne Ranger

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    Michael B. Kitz-Miller

    Donovan’s Skirmish  is the first book of a trilogy The Life of an Airborne Ranger and covers the early years of Jack Donovan. Financially unable to finish college and with the draft in effect, he decides to enlist in the Army. As a private he is runner-up for Honor Graduate in Airborne School. He is a Division Soldier-of-the-Month with the 101st Airborne and then Honor Graduate in the deman... more

  • Synergy

    by Eric Dion

    The comprehensive approach has been a new emerging phenomenon in the field of strategic studies, national security, and international defence. Former NATO secretary-general Rasmussen posited that this approach “not only makes sense—it is necessary”. Yet with the rise of asymmetric warfare and the emergence of new constructs, the comprehensive approach is not supported by a necessary framework, model, or theory. Indeed, if the military alone is unable to solve the root cause ... more

  • More Than a Soldier

    by D.M. Annechino

    Feeling a patriotic duty to defend his country after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, seventeen year old, Angelo J. DiMarco, enlists in the U.S. Army. Severely short of front-line fighters, the Army rushes Angelo through Ranger training and sends him to Italy as part of the 1st Ranger Battalion. Their objective: stop the German invasion. Fighting on the front lines in Italy, the Germans teach Angelo a sobering lesson on life when they capture him during the bloody battle of Cisterna. Against insurm... more

  • WAR STORIES: Tales of Courage, Leadership, Blunders, and SNAFUs

    by Martin Roy Hill
    The first nonfiction book by award-winning novelist Martin Roy Hill, WAR STORIES is a collection of articles on military history published by the author in various magazines and websites. They describe acts of great heroism and acts of pure blundering, intrepid leadership and self-serving vainglory, brilliant wartime technological developments and not so brilliant ideas. Some will awe the reader with their inspirational stories. Others will astound the reader by the military stupidity they revea... more

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