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Gary Ivan Gordon: Recipient of the Medal of Honor

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Modern War, Public Figures|Tags: , , |

Master Sergeant Gordon, United States Army, distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on October 3, 1993. While serving as Sniper Team Leader, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. Master Sergeant Gordon's sniper team provided precision fires from the lead helicopter during an assault and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fires. When Master Sergeant Gordon learned that ground forces [...]

Edinburgh Castle: Fortress of Scotland

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Medieval|Tags: , , |

Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence – King Malcolm Canmore (1058–93) and Queen Margaret first made their home here in the 11th century – and as a military stronghold. The Edinburgh Castle last saw military action in 1745; from then until the 1920s it served as the British army's main base in Scotland. Today it is one of Scotland's most atmospheric and popular tourist attractions. The brooding, black crags of Edinburgh [...]

HMAS Sydney: Australian Light Cruiser

By | October 17th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , |

The name Sydney is one of the most famous ever carried by an Australian warship. The first Sydney was a Town Class light cruiser; one of three ordered in 1910 which were part of the initial Australian fleet unit. Traditionally cruisers were the most versatile element of a naval force. A cruiser’s role was to go anywhere and to do anything and they were to prove particularly useful in the role of trade-protection and scouting duties. The Town Class [...]

Pinnacle Desert: Moonscape Scenery

By | October 16th, 2017|Categories: Discoveries|Tags: , |

Discover the ancient desert sculptures of the Pinnacles, which sit in Nambung National Park, along with an idyllic stretch of coastline north of Perth. It's a true desert landscape in Nambung National Park, where the weathered rock spires of the Pinnacles rise out of yellow sand dunes. Yet the park sits on the deep blue Indian Ocean, along with an idyllic stretch of coast three hour's drive north of Perth. After experiencing the eerie Pinnacle Desert, stay in the [...]

M24 Chaffee: American Light Tank

By | October 16th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |

The Light Tank, M24 "Chaffee" was the chosen successor to the M5 "Stuart" light tank line which began with the pre-war M3 Stuart series. The M24 supplanted the M5 in service during 1944 and fought on into the final months of the war in 1945. The series became a much-improved light tank offering for the United States Arrmy and saw subsequent action in the Korean War (1950-1953) as well as the Vietnam War (1955-1975). As a light tank design, [...]

Conwy Castle: Medieval Fortification in Wales

By | October 15th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Medieval|Tags: , , |

Conwy Castle dominates the mouth of the River Conwy and the medieval walled town of Conwy in North Wales like a huge goliath and serves as the major tourist attraction in the county of Conwy. The castle was built on the orders of King Edward I of England and construction began in 1283 under the direction of Edward's chief architect James of St. George. Today the castle is one of the best preserved castles in the whole of North [...]

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