The Falaise Pocket: World War II

The Battle of the Falaise Pocket was fought August 12-21, 1944, during World War II (1939-1944).Landing in Normandy on June 6, 1944, Allied troops fought their way ashore and spent the next several weeks working to consolidate their position and expand the beachhead. This saw the forces of Lieutenant General Omar Bradley's First US Army push west and secure the Cotentin Peninsula and Cherbourg while the British Second and [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:19:38+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Grady Franklin Stiles: The Lobster Boy

Grady Stiles Jr. is a rarity in the world of Human Marvels. By many accounts, this teratological terror was every bit the monster he appeared to be. The Stiles family has been afflicted for over a century with ectrodactyly, a condition commonly known as ‘Lobster Claw’ syndrome. It is a rare congenital deformity of the hand where the middle digit is missing and the hand is left where the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:20:09+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: Historical Mysteries, Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

Murder of Travis Alexander in Mesa, Arizona

Jodi Arias was convicted of brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, at his Arizona home in 2008. “Lying isn't typically something I just do. The lies I've told in this case can be tied directly back to either protecting Travis' reputation or my involvement in his death...because I was very ashamed.” —Jodi Arias Born in 1980 in Salinas, California, Jodi Arias made headlines when she was charged with murdering [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:22:44+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

Texarkana Moonlight Unsolved Murders

In 1946, a sadistic killer dressed in a white mask terrorized the small town of Texarkana at night. Texarkana, a small town that straddles the state line between Texas and Arkansas, is also known as The Town That Dreaded Sundown, thanks to the 1976 horror flick of the same name. Set in Texarkana and based loosely on a string of local slayings, the proto-slasher film came out just two [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:25:07+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Detroit riots 1967: The 12th Street Riot

The 1967 Detroit Riots were among the most violent and destructive riots in U.S. history. By the time the bloodshed, burning, and looting ended after five days, 43 people were dead, 342 injured, nearly 1,400 buildings had been burned and some 7,000 National Guard and U.S. Army troops had been called into service. Race Relations in 1960S America In the sweltering summer of 1967, Detroit’s predominantly African-American neighborhood of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:27:22+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , |0 Comments

Brenda Spencer: Cleveland Elementary School Shooting

On January 29, 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine when she fired on San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary School with a .22-caliber rifle from her family's house across the street. The two victims were Principal Burton Wragg and custodian Mike Suchar. Eight students and a police officer were wounded. Spencer, the original high-school rampage, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:28:22+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Super Tucano USAF: Turboprop Light Attack Aircraft

As fighters become more complex, the need for highly effective trainer aircraft is on the rise. Embraer’s Super Tucano usaf - a single-engine, stepped-tandem, multi-purpose military turboprop - delivers both training and operational effectiveness at low acquisition and operating costs. It offers advanced solutions for basic to early advanced and weapons familiarization training, such as in-flight virtual training, and also provides the superb operational characteristics required for successful internal [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:29:31+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , |0 Comments

Battle of Kwajalein: World War II

The Battle of Kwajalein began on January 31, 1944, and concluded February 3, 1944. In the wake of the US victory at Tarawa in November 1943, Allied forces continued their "island-hopping" campaign by moving against Japanese positions in the Marshall Islands. Part of the "Eastern Mandates," the Marshalls were originally a German possession and were awarded to Japan after World War I. Considered part of the outer ring of Japanese [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:32:52+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Stealth Aircraft: Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

The F-117A Nighthawk stealth aircraft attack aircraft was developed by Lockheed Martin after work on stealth technology, and the predecessor test demonstrator aircraft, Have Blue, was carried out in secret from 1975. Development of the F-117A stealth aircraft began in 1978 and it was first flown in 1981, but it was not until 1988 that its existence was publicly announced. The Nighthawk was the world's first operational stealth aircraft. The [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:34:06+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |1 Comment

B-25 Mitchell: American Twin-Engine, Medium Bomber

The B-25 Mitchell was a twin-engined medium bomber used in World War II and manufactured by North American Aviation. The B-25 was named in honor military aviation pioneer General Billy Mitchell. Design and Development of the B-25 Mitchell Bomber Experience gained in developing the XB-21 was used by North American in designing the B-25 (called the NA-40 by the company). Only one NA-40 was built, with several modifications later [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:36:02+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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