How General George Washington Spies Defeated the British

General George Washington

by John A. Nagy

General George Washington was always concerned about spies. They were a constant problem except when the armies were on the move. He knew he could not stop all of them, so feeding them false information was his next best defense. With that in mind on December 12, 1776, he told Colonel John Cadwalader of the Philadelphia Associators of the Pennsylvania militia. “Keep a good look out for spies; endeavor to magnify your numbers as much as possible.” It was a ploy he would use over and over again in creating false troop information. Inflating the size and giving the wrong location of his forces for spies to discover and take back to enemy headquarters. Read more ›

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Posted in Military History

The Battle of Cambrai–St Quentin, Sept 27 – Oct 9,1918

Cambrai-St Quentin

Editor: Michael Spilling and Consultant Editor: Chris McNab

The attack on the Cambrai–St Quentin sector was intended as the British portion of a joint offensive all along the Western Front. French Marshal Ferdinand Foch, the architect of Allied strategy, wanted attacks on the entire length of the front to prevent the Germans from focusing their dwindling resources in one area only. Read more ›

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An American Slavery Time Line 1492–1776

American Slavery Time Line

by Kenneth C. Davis

American Slavery Time Line in Early American History

Slavery in America began in the early 17th Century and continued to be practiced for the next 250 years by the colonies and states. Slaves, mostly from Africa, worked in the production of tobacco crops and later, cotton. With the invention of the cotton gin in 1793 along with the growing demand for the product in Europe, the use of slaves in the South became a foundation of their economy. Read more ›

Posted in Modern History

Marine Corps Base Quantico: Starting Marine Amphibious Warfare

Marine Corps Base Quantico

Michael E. Haskew

Marine Corps Base Quantico

Perhaps the best known permanent facility operated by the United States Marine Corps is Marine Corps Base Quantico, located in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. Established as Marine Barracks Quantico in the spring of 1917, the facility served as a training base for thousands of Marines during World War I. In response to the growing prospects of a war in the Pacific during the 1920s, Quantico became a center for the development of the equipment and tactics needed to prosecute such a conflict. Read more ›

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The Incredible Case of Monsignor Scarano

Monsignor Scarano

by Gianluigi Nuzzi

In March 2013, before the election of the new Pontiff, the prosecutors’ offices in Salerno and in Rome had begun an investigation into the financial activities of Monsignor Scarano, the chief accountant of the special section of APSA. According to the indictment, the evidence gathered, and various wiretaps— even during the tense, frenzied days of Benedict’s resignation and the preparations for the Conclave— instances emerged of money laundering and attempts to import large amounts of capital from abroad through illegal channels. In practice, according to the indictment, Monsignor Scarano provided a simple system of laundering money through his account at the IOR: he offered cashier’s checks for hundreds of thousands of euros in exchange for suitcases stuffed with 500 euro bills, which earned him the nickname, “Monsieur 500.” Read more ›

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Posted in Contemporary History

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