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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
    “We will have to kill tens of thousands more Germans before there can be a peace that will justify all this suffering and sorrow.” A Tale of Two Nations is the story of North American countries that found themselves embroiled in an European war – one by circumstance and one by choice. It discusses two pivotal events from each year of the Great War – one from an American perspective and one from a Canadian one – and reveals how newspapers at the time handled wartime coverage. Using contemp... more
  • 1918: A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1 Part 5

    by Melina Druga
    “And yet, despite the bedlam, the incomparable scenes of joy, there were many solemn scenes. Sober garbed women, whose husbands and sons would never return, stood on the curb, a strange mingling of emotions stirring in them. Old men saw the hand of God in the demonstration, and from hospital cots of pain bed-ridden soldiers raised their wracked bodies to listen, and smiles of contentment sank back on their pillows – ‘thank God, after all, our sacrifices have not been in vain’.” The war ends... more
  • 1917: A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and World War I part 4

    by Melina Druga
    “There still are a lot of people who think a man becomes a soldier the moment he gets into uniform and puts a gun on his shoulder. This is nonsense, even if the man happens to be an American.” 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 that term, there is a definite sense that something important has occurred. ... more
  • 1916: A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1 part 3

    by Melina Druga
    “He tells us to be patient and polite. We have been both. We have never gained anything by being polite.” 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 home front problems. Meanwhile, the United States goes to the polls in a close election that pits Democrats against Republicans and Republicans against Democrats and Progressives. Suffragist... more
  • 1915: A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and World War I Part 2

    by Melina Druga
    “My colleagues and I are deeply lament the long list of casualties,” Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden said, “and send our profound sympathy to every home which is plunged into sadness and sorrow by the tidings that reach us from hour to hour.” Spring 1915 is consumed with two traumatic events. Canada 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 chlori... 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
    “Austria-Hungary considers itself therefore from this moment in a state of war with Servia.” Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and his wife Sophie were shot and killed by Slavic nationalist Gavrilo Princip on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo, Bosnia. The event, at first, was of little more than regional interest, but soon it became clear war clouds were enveloping Europe. In Canada, the news was met with excitement and pride. The nation committed to Great Br... more
  • The Life of an Airborne Ranger- Book One: Donovan's Skirmish

    by Michael Kitz-Miller

    The Life of an Airborne Ranger

    By

    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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