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Steve Mercatante
on: Jan 7 2014 - 4:31pm

Regardless of your feelings about automatic rifles and their place in modern society, there is no denying the military utility of such weapons as brutally efficient killing machines. And of the innumerable automatic rifles created in the past seventy five years perhaps none had the impact of Mikhail Kalishnikov's reliable, simple, and effective AK-47 (and its modern variants).

On December 23, 2013 former peasant, World War II veteran, and eventual Lt. Gen. Mikhail T.

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Dec 5 2013 - 10:32pm

By Bryan J. Dickerson*

For naval enthusiasts and historians, there exists a unique opportunity on the Philadelphia / Camden waterfronts of the Delaware River. There one can physically walk through nearly a hundred years of naval history and technological development. 

Berthed on the Pennsylvania side of the river are the cruiser USS Olympia and the submarine USS Becuna (see first picture).  Just a couple hundred yards away on the New Jersey side sits the battleship USS New Jersey (see second,

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Nov 12 2013 - 4:43pm

By Bryan J Dickerson* and Steven D Mercatante*

On the morning of Sunday 23 October 1983, the city of Beirut, Lebanon was rocked by two powerful explosions.  Suicide bombers sponsored by Iran and Syria detonated two massive truck bombs outside the barracks of U.S. Marine and French Army peacekeepers, killing 299 and wounding nearly a hundred.  Thirty years later, we remember the incident that led to the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Lebanon .

In August 1982, troops

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Oct 25 2013 - 2:12pm

The Michigan War Studies Review (MiWSR) has just published my latest book review. This is my third review for MiWSR (a scholarly journal affiliated with the Michigan War Studies Group) and it is of David Stahel's Operation Typhoon: Hitler's March on Moscow, October 1941. Unlike the previous two work's I have reviewed for MiWSR this is unfortunately a book that I found quite lacking.

Though the book has some commendable qualities, it's overall impact is to further obscure just why and how the

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Oct 9 2013 - 7:29pm

The Prague Uprising (not to be confused with the Prague Spring of 1968), occurred from May 5 to May 8, 1945. With the Third Reich collapsing on all fronts the last significant German military grouping was that of Army Group Center, which early in May 1945 controlled, among other areas, the better part of Bohemia and Moravia - including the Czech capital of Prague.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Oct 6 2013 - 10:55am

When it comes to the Holocaust, and its attendant concentration and extermination camps, the names most commonly resonating in our minds are those such as; Auschwitz-Birkenau, Buchenwald, Dachau, or Treblinka.

That said, there were many other camps that played a crucial role in the mass murder of millions of human beings. Many times their role in the Nazi camp system is often overlooked, but they were no less important in terms of perpetrating one of history's greatest crimes against humanity.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Sep 20 2013 - 3:26pm

The latest issue of Gun Mart Magzine  is now available, and readers can find on its website a recommendation of Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe.

Gun Mart Magazine praises Why Germany Nearly Won: "There are plenty of books which postulate the opinion of ‘what if’ Germany had won the war, but this book is different. Firstly, the opinion of the title is based on solid research to present a sound argument.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Sep 15 2013 - 4:03pm

Last month we noted that the infamous war criminal Laszlo Csatary managed to escape justice and die at age 98 while awaiting trial for his crimes. However, this month things are looking up for those who support the rule of law. On September 3rd, German prosecutors announced that they are seeking to put 30 former Auschwitz death camp guards on trial for murder.

The 30 suspects all live in Germany, and their files have been referred to individual state level prosecutors who will decide whether

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Aug 23 2013 - 3:02pm

Wednesday night an 88 year old WWII veteran named Delbert Belton was attacked and beaten by two teenagers outside the Eagles Lodge in Spokane, Washington. He died Thursday of massive head injuries.

During WWII Belton (see picture) had fought in the Pacific, and survived being shot in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa. That's right, he survived the bloodiest battle of the Pacific Theater of Operations; a nearly three month death match where a U.S.

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Aug 16 2013 - 7:41pm

Last year we reported on the discovery of and subsequent arrest of Nazi war criminal Laszlo Csatary in Budapest Hungary. Regrettably, the now 98 year old Csatary escaped justice when he died in Budapest last weekend while awaiting trial for his crimes.

Csatary is best known for being responsible for/participating in the deportation of an estimated 15,700 Jews while serving as a senior Hungarian police officer in the Hungarian ruled Slovakian city of Kosice.

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