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Gustav-Cassino Line, Nov 1943 – May 1944

Gustav-Cassino Line

Editor: Michael Spilling and Consultant Editor: Chris McNab The Gustav-Cassino Line was a German defensive position constructed in late 1943 across Italy.  From Gaeta, south of Rome, through Cassino, the Apennine Mountains and stretched onto the Sangro estuary on the eastern coast. It took

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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

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The Battle of Kettle Hill, July 1, 1898

Kettle Hill

Editor: Michael Spilling and Consultant Editor: Chris McNab The San Juan Ridge (Kettle Hill) was the last obstacle to the complete investment of Santiago, the principal port on the southern coast of Cuba. This hill was just off the southern

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Ivory Vikings: Go Berserk in 5 Easy Lessons

Ivory Vikings

by Nancy Marie Brown 1. Take off your shirt. “Berserk” comes from an Old Norse word meaning “bare-shirt” or, maybe, “bear-shirt.” Snorri Sturluson, the 13th-century Icelander who is our main source of Viking lore, isn’t clear (maybe on purpose). In

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First Over There: America’s First Battle of World War One

Battle of Cantigny - First Over There

by Matthew Davenport In the early morning sunshine of the fourth spring of World War One, young lieutenants climbed onto the dirt parapets of their trenches, blew their whistles, and led riflemen “over the top” and across no-man’s-land into battle.

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