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The Battle of Belleau Wood: World War I

By | September 22nd, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |

The battle fought in Belleau Wood (June 1918) was the first real taste of battle for the US Marines in World War One with General Pershing calling Belleau Wood the most important battle fought by US forces since the US Civil War. The Battle of Belleau Wood was part of the Allied drive east away from an axis from Amiens to Paris in what was a response to the Spring Offensive in 1918. During the Spring Offensive, the Germans had [...]

The Battle of Manila: World War II

By | September 21st, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |

The Battle of Manila (February 3, 1945 – March 3, 1945) was a major battle of the Philippine campaign of 1944-45, during the Second World War. It was fought by American and Filipino forces against Japanese troops in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. The month-long battle, which resulted in the death of over 100,000 civilians and the complete devastation of the city, was the scene of the worst urban fighting in the Pacific theater. Japanese forces committed [...]

The Falaise Pocket: World War II

By | September 20th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |

The Battle of the Falaise Pocket was fought August 12-21, 1944, during World War II (1939-1944).Landing in Normandy on June 6, 1944, Allied troops fought their way ashore and spent the next several weeks working to consolidate their position and expand the beachhead. This saw the forces of Lieutenant General Omar Bradley's First US Army push west and secure the Cotentin Peninsula and Cherbourg while the British Second and First Canadian Armies engaged in a protracted battle for the [...]

Grady Franklin Stiles: The Lobster Boy

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Historical Mysteries, Public Figures|Tags: , |

Grady Stiles Jr. is a rarity in the world of Human Marvels. By many accounts, this teratological terror was every bit the monster he appeared to be. The Stiles family has been afflicted for over a century with ectrodactyly, a condition commonly known as ‘Lobster Claw’ syndrome. It is a rare congenital deformity of the hand where the middle digit is missing and the hand is left where the metacarpal of the finger should be. This split often gives [...]

Dunnottar Castle: Medieval Fortress, Scotland

By | September 18th, 2017|Categories: Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , |

Scotland has some magnificently located castles. Think no further than Stirling Castle or Edinburgh Castle, both built on top of rocks that allow them to dominate the landscape for miles around. But if we had to pick just one to trust with our lives in a time of great danger then it would without any doubt be Dunnottar Castle. No other Scottish castle comes close in terms of a sense of sheer brooding impregnability. This is a castle which [...]

Popeye Village: Anchor Bay, Malta

By | September 18th, 2017|Categories: Constructions|Tags: , |

Popeye Village at Malta was originally the set of the film Popeye. Construction of the film set commenced in 1979 and took 7 months to complete. After filming was completed the set remained and was later transformed into the amusement park Popeye Village. It was designed by Danish architect Hans Munk Hansen. It is made of modernist and post-war buildings and pathways. Popeye Village is the perfect place for families and groups to visit while in Malta. It contains [...]

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