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Russian Attack Helicopter: Mil Mi-24 Hind

The famous Mil Mi-24 Hind helicopter stemmed from a Soviet Cold-War requirement for a heavily armed and armored transport helicopter following in the mold of the equally famous American Bell UH-1 "Huey" model. American activity in the Vietnam War considering their helicopter usage directly influenced the form and function of the Soviet design, developing one of the most iconic aircraft of its time. The type went on to see [...]

By | 2017-10-30T13:12:42+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh

Battle of Khe Sanh: The fighting around Khe Sanh began January 21, 1968, and concluded around April 8, 1968. In the summer of 1967, American commanders learned of a build-up of People's Army of North Vietnam (PAVN) forces in the area around Khe Sanh in northwest South Vietnam. Responding to this, the Khe Sanh Combat Base (KSCB), located on a plateau in a valley of the same name, was [...]

By | 2017-10-30T17:26:37+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Vietnam War: Hell on Hamburger Hill

Hamburger Hill: Ten brutal days of miserable fighting on a jungle-shrouded mountain in the spring of 1969 left scores of American dead. Hundreds wounded and fueled a raging outcry from the American body politic that irretrievably altered the course of U.S. military policy in Vietnam. Even though the valiant effort of U.S. troops was, in the end, successful in taking the hill and inflicting heavy enemy losses, the terrible [...]

By | 2017-10-30T17:30:48+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Somalia: Battle of Mogadishu A Well Prepared Ambush

The Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia or Day of the Rangers (Somali: Maalintii Rangers), was part of Operation Gothic Serpent. It was fought on 3–4 October 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, between forces of the United States—supported by UNOSOM II—and Somali militiamen loyal to the self-proclaimed president-to-be Mohamed Farrah Aidid, who had support from armed fighters. The battle is also referred to as the First Battle of Mogadishu, to distinguish [...]

By | 2018-01-04T13:58:00+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

April 1961: Bay of Pigs Invasion

On January 1, 1959, a young Cuban nationalist named Fidel Castro (1926-) drove his guerilla army into Havana and overthrew General Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973), the nation’s American-backed president. For the next two years, officials at the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) attempted to push Castro from power. Finally, in April 1961, the CIA launched what its leaders believed would be the definitive strike: a full-scale invasion [...]

By | 2016-12-28T16:21:19+00:00 December 4th, 2016|Categories: Historical Events, Modern War|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was the decisive engagement in the first Indochina War (1946–54). After French forces occupied the Dien Bien Phu valley in late 1953, Viet Minh commander Vo Nguyen Giap amassed troops and placed heavy artillery in caves of the mountains overlooking the French camp.

By | 2017-01-01T18:24:19+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Categories: Historical Events, Modern War|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Cuban Missile Crisis

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff in October 1962 over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles on Cuba, just 90 miles from U.S. shores. In a TV address on October 22, 1962, President John Kennedy (1917-63) notified Americans about the presence of the missiles, explained his decision to enact a naval blockade around Cuba [...]

By | 2017-01-01T19:07:06+00:00 October 8th, 2016|Categories: Historical Events, Modern War, Wars|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Yom Kippur War the Six-Day War

The Yom Kippur War has many alternate names.  It is also known as the Ramadan War, the October War, or the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. But what was this war of many names all about?  What was the outcome? Causes of the War: The immediate cause of the Yom Kippur War was the Arab states' resentment of their situation following the Six-Day War of 1967.    Syrian President Hafez al-Assad wanted [...]

By | 2017-01-31T20:32:41+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Categories: Historical Events, Modern War, Wars|Tags: |0 Comments

Cold War: USS Enterprise (CVN-65)

The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company on February 4, 1958. The eighth ship of the US Navy to carry the name Enterprise, CVN-65 inherited it from the CV-6 which had seen extensive action in the Pacific during World War II. The new Enterprise was intended as the lead vessel of a new class of six carriers. As [...]

By | 2016-12-28T16:40:05+00:00 October 2nd, 2016|Categories: Modern War, Wars|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Cold War: USS Nautilus SSN-571

In July 1951, after several years of experiments with marine applications for nuclear power, Congress authorized the US Navy to build a nuclear-powered submarine. This type of propulsion was highly desirable as a nuclear reactor makes no emissions and does not require air. Design and construction of the new vessel was personally overseen by the "Father of the Nuclear Navy," Admiral Hyman G. Rickover. The new ship featured a variety [...]

By | 2016-12-28T16:40:15+00:00 October 2nd, 2016|Categories: Modern War, Wars|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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