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Out-fighting the Best
Feb 27, 2009
"After 19 days of ferocious combat 6,354 enemy dead lay in front of their lines."
A Prelude to War
Feb 25, 2009
The Army Goes to Hollywood!
Feb 19, 2009
We can't all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots. ~Charles F. Browne.
Mule Bombs at Valverde
Feb 9, 2009
Special Operations in New Mexico, 1862
Fighting Enemy Rockets with a U.S. Army Crossbow
Feb 2, 2009
During the second week of February, 1944, U.S. Army Airmen launched strategic strikes to preempt enemy super-weapons.
Home Away from Home: The USO
Jan 21, 2009
"ThereAca,!a,,cs no place like home."
Arming the Army, John M. Browning
Jan 12, 2009
Aca,!A"Pater Artium NecessitasAca,!A?: Necessity is the Father of Invention.
Jointness in a Disjointed Age
Jan 5, 2009
Aca,!A"The Secretary of War, in the name of the President, congratulates you and the gallant officers and soldiers of your commandAca,!A|.The combined operations Aca,!A|will be held in admiration throughout the world as a proof of the naval and military prowess of the United States.Aca,!A?
One Story at a Time
Dec 2, 2008
History hath triumphed over time, which besides it nothing but eternity hath triumphed over. Sir Walter Raleigh, "History of the World" .
They Wanted to Stay Alive
Dec 2, 2008
Aca,!A"Lighthearted and ignorant, we took off from March Field never realizing this was the beginning of an annual television event that would last for more than a decade of American history and created a little of its own.Aca,!A? Bob Hope.
Dunkirk of Korea
Nov 26, 2008
"In the midst of our defeat glory...." Winston Churchill, speaking of the evacuation of Dunkirk.
Operation Just Cause: the Invasion of Panama, December 1989
Nov 17, 2008
On December 20, 1989 President George H. W. Bush addressed the deteriorating situation then occurring in Panama. He stated: "General NoriegaAca,!a,,cs reckless threats and attacks upon Americans in Panama created an imminent danger to the 35,000 American citizens in Panama. As President, I have no higher obligation than to safeguard the lives of American citizens. And that is why I directed our Armed Forces to protect the lives of American citizens in Panama and to bring General Noriega to justice in the United States."
Two planes, eight guns, and lots of Aca,!A"Zeros.Aca,!A?
Nov 13, 2008
When the Japanese launched a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, Army aviators were among the first to respond and engage the enemy in combat marking our nation's entry into WWII.
"Space Warriors...Above and Beyond!"
Nov 7, 2008
The United States Army put America into orbit for the first time.
The "Saki Night" Battle
Nov 6, 2008
A slow, sharp, dangerous slog ashore.
Oct 27, 2008
Voices of the Past Speak to the Future
Oct 27, 2008
World War I was the first armed conflict the Army entered with an established cadre of female nurses. Wartime service enhanced womenAca,!a,,cs standing in American society and culture.
Learning the Lessons of Victory
Oct 22, 2008
American and Allied victories yield immediate benefits and long-term lessons for future success.
Carrying the War into Enemy Country
Oct 7, 2008
Versatile GIs Excel at Rapidly Adapting to New Realities
"My best Soldiers": thirty-six years of the Women's Army Corps
Oct 7, 2008
Thirty years ago on Oct. 20, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed Public Law 95-485 disbanding the WomenAca,!a,,cs Army Corps (WAC) as a separate corps within the United States Army following thirty-six years of dedicated service.
Puebla Under Siege: Surrounded American Soldiers Resist Guerilla Infiltration
Oct 3, 2008
Aca,!A"Fortified towns are hard nuts to crack, and your teeth are not accustomed to itAca,!A|But some seem to think forts are as easy taken as snuff.Aca,!A? Benjamin Franklin, 1745.
Civil Affairs in an Uncivil War
Sep 30, 2008
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Niccolo Machiavelli.
Rangers All the Way!
Sep 16, 2008
Sep 8, 2008
Capture of Naples, October 1, 1943
THE ANTIETAM CAMPAIGN
Sep 4, 2008
Aca,!A"AntietamAca,!a,,cs cannon long shall boom.Aca,!A? Herman Melville.
AIRDROP: NEW GUINEA
Aug 26, 2008
The Assault on Nadzab, New Guinea by the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment was one of the most successful airborne operations in history. It was a significant milestone on the road to Tokyo and it proved the effectiveness of airborne operations.
September 11th, a City in Peril
Aug 22, 2008
Aca,!A"Thus be it ever when free men shall stand between their loved homes and wild warAca,!a,,cs desolation Aca,!A|.Aca,!A?
An Unusual Education for an Army Officer
Aug 7, 2008
The discovery of an unknown sea creature and the mystery of the strange spirits known as the Aca,!A"Wok-WokAca,!A? are just two examples of the very odd and unusual education of Colonel Horace P. Hobbs.
Vivandieres: Forgotten Women of the Civil War
Aug 5, 2008
Seeing a woman in the midst of a hotly contested Civil War battlefield surprised the veteran officer!
The Road to Glory: The Purple Heart
Aug 4, 2008
On August 7, 1782, General George Washington ordered 'that whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings, over his left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth, or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding.' Washington made it clear that the badge could be bestowed upon soldiers of any rank. It was the first decoration in the Army to include enlisted troops...
Aca,!A"The Road to GloryAca,!A? The Purple Heart
Jul 21, 2008
The first Purple Heart was not called by that name, nor was it awarded for a combat wound.
Enemy Attackers Burn U.S. City
Jul 15, 2008
If the ransom had been paid would they have burned the town anyway'
An Uncommon Hero
Jun 30, 2008
Aca,!A"My Scouts soon came hand to hand with the insurgents, driving them from their trenches and completely demoralizing and dispersing themAca,!A?
The Transformation of a Brigade
Jun 17, 2008
LST in WWII
Jun 16, 2008
On July 10, 1943, the invasion of Sicily began with an assault by four U. S. Army Divisions, four British divisions and a Canadian division.
This Week In Army History: "Just One More..." Combat Photography
Jun 16, 2008
It was during this week in Army history on June 21, 1860, that the Signal Corps became a branch of the United States Army with Congress approving the appointment of a single signal officer to the War Department. While the Signal CorpsAca,!a,,c modest beginnings lay in a wigwag form of communication, it was not long before the importance of photography as a tactical and historical medium was recognized and soon employed as a Signal Corps function by the end of the nineteenth century...
"The last hero...."
Jun 9, 2008
Major General William J. Aca,!A"Wild BillAca,!A? Donovan and the Formation of the OSS.
"LuftbrAfA1/4cke: Air Bridge of Survival and Hope"
Jun 6, 2008
Humanitarian Relief, Cold War Style.
"Just one more...." Combat Photography
Jun 5, 2008
Telling the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Story...One photograph at a time.
Aca,!A"Not To Promote War but To Preserve PeaceAca,!A?
May 29, 2008
TRANSFORMATION - A Century Ago.
Images of War
May 28, 2008
Aca,!A"Look here, upon this picture,....Aca,!A? William Shakespeare Aca,!A"Hamlet,Aca,!A? Act 3.
Poster Art of World War II
May 14, 2008
Poster Art of World War II
"The noble dead, who fell ..." will never be forgotten: the first Memorial Day
Apr 30, 2008
Aca,!A"Honoring Our Heroes wasnAca,!a,,ct so easyAca,!A?
DYNAMITE COMES IN SMALL PACKAGES
Apr 21, 2008
Aca,!A"Bill aint big, nor nothinAca,!a,,c like that, but oh boy, can he go some!Aca,!A?
Apr 17, 2008
The long war appeared unwinnable -- until a new general with a new strategy took a new road: the road which led to victory.
Creating the Modern Army; building American Expeditionary Force, 1917
Apr 15, 2008
Facing the largest overseas deployment in AmericaAca,!a,,cs History, the U.S. Army found itself unprepared; the ensuing transformation built our modern Army.
U.S. Army Liberates Flossenburg Concentration Camp
Apr 11, 2008
Aca,!A"How can other men treat other men like this'Aca,!A?
"Mater Artium Necessitas." The P-38!
Mar 26, 2008
Aca,!A"Mater artium necessitasAca,!A? [Necessity is the Mother of Invention].
A Mystery Solved, the Revolution Revisited
Mar 18, 2008
The discovery and identification of an 18th Century supply ship of the British Army.
U.S. Declares War on Germany...
Mar 13, 2008
Down Mexico Way
Mar 3, 2008
The U.S. Army goes south of the border.
Boston Under Siege
Mar 3, 2008
Insurgents had surrounded the City. The Army was forced to withdraw.
The Battle of the Million Dollar Tree
Feb 14, 2008
Aca,!A"Jimmy, when it gets daylight, plaster the observation hut with all you got.Aca,!A?
GPS Goes to War - The Global Positioning System in Operation Desert Storm.
Feb 14, 2008
GPS Aca,!A"was the biggest combat multiplier on the battlefield. If we spend a nickel, spend it on these.Aca,!A? (CALL Newsletter No.91-3 Oct 91).
"Climb to Glory"
Feb 11, 2008
The U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs military mountaineers ascended to victory and glory on the Riva Ridge.
"Above and Beyond the Call of Duty"
Jan 24, 2008
Aca,!A"A people that have forgotten their heritage, are a people who have lost faith in themselves.Aca,!A? Winston Churchill
Faith in the Face of Fear.
Jan 16, 2008
On the night of February 3, 1943, four chaplains were an island of faith and courage in an ocean of terror and turmoil.
A New Year and a New War - The Tet Offensive 1968
Jan 14, 2008
A New Year and a New War!
Bats Over Tokyo
Jan 14, 2008
Bats were to attack Japanese cities of wood.
Battle of Cowpens
Jan 8, 2008
Aca,!A"This Victory so decisive and Glorious gained with an inferior force over a select corps of British troops reflects the highest honor on our arms and must have an important influence on the Affairs of the South.Aca,!A? George Washington, February 14, 1781, General Orders.
Air Borne to the Airborne
Dec 26, 2007
The weather was bad; the warfare was worse; but air and land forces of America and our allies worked together to win.
A Christmas Surprise!
Dec 17, 2007
General George Washington, in a bold and calculated move, directs a surprise attack on a British outpost intended to bolster the morale of an ever smaller Continental Army.
GI's Don't Give Up!
Dec 6, 2007
Down but not out: 101st Airborne Troops moving during attack near Bastogne, December 1944
Sherman, Savannah and a "Shocking Bad Hat"
Nov 28, 2007
ShermanAca,!a,,cs March to the Sea is well known in Civil War history but the manner in which he obtained a new hat after opening his route to the sea is not so well known.
TWIAH : A Review
Nov 26, 2007
Aca,!A"Fellow citizens, we cannot escape historyAca,!A|.Aca,!A? Abraham Lincoln; December, 1862.
Battle of the Washita
Nov 19, 2007
Aca,!A"If I were an Indian, I would certainly prefer to cast my lotAca,!A| to the free open plainsAca,!A|.Aca,!A? George Armstrong Custer, 1874.
The Insurrectos Attack
Nov 15, 2007
Danger in the Darkness
The Poster Goes to War
Nov 8, 2007
Art That Inspired a Nation
Veterans Day Commemoration
Nov 6, 2007
To bring honor to those who serve.
509th Parachutes into North Africa, November 1942
Oct 30, 2007
509th Parachutes into North Africa, November 1942.
Does An Army Travel on its Stomach'
Oct 19, 2007
C Rations Adopted by the Army in 1939.
Army Turns over Ballistic Missiles to the Air Force and NASA
Oct 9, 2007
The launch of Sputnik by the USSR on October 4, 1957 shocked the United States and had it scrambling to match the achievement.
The Alaskan-Canadian Highway
Oct 3, 2007
Aca,!A"Alaska is the keystone of the Pacific arch.Aca,!A? General William Mitchell to Congress, 1935.
Yorktown, "The World Turned Upside Down"
Sep 19, 2007
Luck, the alignment of the stars and assistance from the French create a significant victory for the American Forces. This event has Great Britain decide that they have had enough and political actions begin to end the hostilities.
A Reluctant Hero
Sep 17, 2007
Aca,!A"God saved meAca,!A|Aca,!A? Alvin York.
Marshall and the Big Move.
Sep 4, 2007
Aca,!A"But Above All, a general should take care to have men of proven fidelity, wisdom, and long experience in military affairs near his person as a sort of council.Aca,!A? Niccolo Machiavelli, The Art of War, 1521.
Innovation on the "fly".
Aug 28, 2007
The movement of Aca,!A"EAca,!A? Company, 126th Infantry from Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea was a desperate measure and the first airlift in American military history.
Aug 21, 2007
On September 17, 1944, the First Allied Airborne Army launched Operation Market-Garden, an airborne assault deep into Holland. This mission was later immortalized in the book and movie A Bridge Too Far.
A Hard-Fought Victory!
Aug 15, 2007
In September 1847, an Army operation to seize and destroy a weapons manufacturing site and munitions storage area in hostile enemy territory results in a brief but heated battle that secures the outermost defenses of the enemyAca,!a,,cs capital.
Medical Field Service School
Aug 10, 2007
U.S. ARMY, LEADING THE WAY IN MEDICAL INNOVATION
101st Airborne Division celebrates 65 years of history
Jul 30, 2007
When the 101st Airborne Division was activated Aug. 16, 1942, the first commander of the unit wrote that the unit might lack a history, but "it has a rendezvous with destiny."
Training Ground: The Battle of Bushy Run, August 5 & 6, 1763.
Jul 24, 2007
Not all American Officers and Soldiers entered the American Revolution unschooled in the Art of War.
Good Guns and Guts
Jul 19, 2007
Aca,!A"Every development or improvement in firearms favors the defensive.Aca,!A? Giulio Douhet, 1921.
When an Army at war must help at home
Jul 3, 2007
Two years ago, the ArmyAca,!"at war in Afghanistan and IraqAca,!"intervened in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. This week in 1950, as the Korean War began, it was the nationAca,!a,,cs railroads that needed the ArmyAca,!a,,cs attention.
Nixon Doctrine and Vietnamization
Jun 29, 2007
Fighting Their Own War!
An Arrogant Display of Strength
Jun 29, 2007
The Defence of Taejon
The First U.S. Army Airborne Operation
Jun 28, 2007
Major General Matthew B. Ridgway, commanding the 82nd Airborne Division, led the first large scale airborne assault in Army history, the invasion of Sicily; codenamed Operation Husky. The strategic goals were to remove the Axis base operating against Allied shipping in the Mediterranean and to pressure the Italians to exit the war.
The Confederate Gibraltar Falls
Jun 25, 2007
If at first you donAca,!a,,ct succeed, try, try again.
"OSCAR" Goes to War!
May 29, 2007
All warfare is based on deception. Sun Tzu, The Art of War (4th century B.C.)
Defiant Stand at Breed's Hill
May 29, 2007
"Don't one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes." Israel Putnam, attributed.
Convoy Attacked! Victory Achieved!
May 14, 2007
Native tribes ambushed a U.S. Army military convoy at Fort Recovery on June 30, 1793, in modern day Ohio, but the fort's defenders turned defeat into victory.
"Designed by Soldiers for Soldiers" - The Army Combat Uniform
May 14, 2007
The Army Combat Uniform combines a multi-environment camouflage pattern with a practical usability.
Registration Day: A Spiritual Awakening
May 11, 2007
The President as a war time measure has decided upon a draftA-A?A1/2
Tuskegee Airmen Soared to New Heights
May 8, 2007
On June 2, 1943, the 99th Pursuit Squadron, the famous Tuskegee Airmen, flew their first combat mission.
Army Aviation Comes of Age
Apr 27, 2007
Army aviation began with lighter-than-air observation balloons during the Civil War. Recognizing the potential of aerial observation, President Lincoln appointed aeronaut Professor Thaddeus S. C. Lowe Chief of the Union Army's Balloon Corps. Lowe accompanied Major General George McClellan's army during his 1862 Peninsular Campaign and made observations during the First Battle of Fair Oaks, May 31 - June 1, 1862. Despite some successes, Lowe resigned in May 1863. The Balloon Corps was disbanded in August. The Army did little to advance military aviation until the advent of powered flight by the Wright Brothers in 1903.
Army Strong - - Celebrating 400 Years of Service
Apr 16, 2007
"400 Years, and Army Strong!"
The Nazis Surrender
Apr 16, 2007
"The crusade on which we embarked in the early summer of nineteen forty-four has reached its glorious conclusion." General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
General Pershing Creates an American Expeditionary Force
Apr 11, 2007
"When you're finished changing, you're finished"<br/>- Benjamin Franklin.
Mar 28, 2007
In April 1847, General Winfield Scott and the American Army moved inland from Vera Cruz to launch their decisive campaign to seize the enemy capital and win the Mexican War.
The Birth of Armored Forces
Mar 26, 2007
On April 28, 1918, the 1st Light Tank Battalion was organized at Bourg, France, with Lieutenant Colonel George S. Patton, Jr., in command.