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A Hanging Offense: George Washington and The André Dilemma

Over the years a composite portrait of John André has evolved of a charming, gentlemanly warrior. But is it accurate?…

‘The Confidence Men’ Book Review

Margalit Fox delivers an entertaining account of one of the most remarkable and improbable POW escape efforts in military history…

The 25 Ukrainian Heroes Who Defeated Advancing German Tanks

Some would have said the 25 Ukrainian soldiers did not stand a chance… Zita Ballinger Fletcher February 27, 2022 at…

Army Posthumously Promotes First Black Colonel to One-Star General

The Army has awarded a posthumous honorary promotion to the service’s first Black colonel, elevating him to brigadier general more…

The Disasters Before Dien Bien Phu: In 1950, the Vietnamese Routed the French in Chinese Border Battles

When the smoke cleared, the French had suffered their greatest colonial defeat since 1749, wrote French historian Bernard Fall John…

A Celebrity Chef in Crimea? Meet Alexis Soyer

Was Alexis Soyer the first celebrity chef? “He is the most ridiculous man,” an acquaintance observed, “but quite perfect in…

‘Robert E. Lee’ Book Review

Allen Guelzo provides an updated biography of the heralded if controversial Confederate commander of the American Civil War HistoryNet staff…

The V-1 Flying Bomb Was the First of Adolf Hitler’s ‘Retaliatory Weapons’

In 1942 the Luftwaffe began work on the first of Adolf Hitler’s proposed Vergeltungswaffen, or ‘retaliatory weapons’ Jon Guttman February…

‘The Harder They Fall’ Movie Review

Director Jeymes Samuel presents a playful, all-black ensemble Western tainted by cartoonish violence HistoryNet staff February 24, 2022 at 09:08PM

This Antietam Photo Has Been a Mystery for 40+ Years. We’ve Solved It (We Think)–Part III

The location of the Antietam battlefield photo above had eluded researchers for years. Who took it and when, however, was…