By Rick Atkinson
Two surprises awaited Lieutenant Colonel George Crocker as he walked down the ramp of the C-141 on the morning of October 26, 1983. The first was the balmy climate. Trade winds stirred the coconut fronds and provided … Read the article
By Thomas L. Friedman
Funny country, Lebanon. The minute one army packed up and rushed out, another one swaggered in and took its place. There always seemed to be someone knocking on the door to get in—and someone inside dying … Read the article
By Alex Von Tunzelmann
On the morning of 20 October, the Joint Chiefs of Staff sent messages to American military commands worldwide, warning that tensions in Cuba—about which they were not specific—might call for military action soon. Trouble could break … Read the article
By Callie Oettinger
George Washington’s October 12 to November 5, 1781, diary entries are windows opening into the mind of the leader, and views of the pivotal battle, ending with the surrender of General Charles Cornwallis’ army.
Transcript … Read the article
By John Ferling
October 19, 1781, the terms for the surrender of the General Charles Cornwallis-led British Army—the Articles of Capitulation—were signed by Cornwallis, Generals George Washington and Jean-Baptiste Rochambeau, and Admiral Francois de Grasse. Rochambeau had led the first … Read the article
By Edward G. Lengel
In the 1970s, Henry Berry interviewed dozens of aged veterans about their role in the First World War. He asked one “very dignified gentleman” of eighty-two years for his feelings about the Meuse-Argonne.
“Now,” the veteran … Read the article
By Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
As we pulled back into the compound, everyone was jocking up for something big. Helicopters spun up, Humvees pulled into position, and everyone topped off their magazines. Although the sun shone brightly through … Read the article
By Gordon Thomas
Anti-Semitic conspiracists plan to flood the internet to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 attacks by resurrecting the old canard that Mossad, Israel’s secret intelligence service, knew in advance of the attack – and did not warn … Read the article
By Anna Reid
This is the story of the siege of Leningrad, the deadliest blockade of a city in human history. Leningrad sits at the
north-eastern corner of the Baltic, at the head of the long, shallow gulf that divides … Read the article
By Callie Oettinger
September 2, 1945, the formal ceremonies, marking the surrender of Japan, took place aboard the USS Missouri.
This collection of images features pictures taken the morning of–and during–the ceremony, the two-page Instrument of Surrender, and a copy … Read the article