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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!

  • Willing Patriots

    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" [1614].

  • 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.

  • Dark Days

    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

  • "City Quiet"

    Sep 8, 2008

    Capture of Naples, October 1, 1943


    Sep 4, 2008

    Aca,!A"AntietamAca,!a,,cs cannon long shall boom.Aca,!A? Herman Melville.


    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?


    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.

  • Operation Market-Garden

    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


  • 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.