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November 4, 2019

On 4 August 1964, as the USS Maddox was conducting reconnaissance in the Gulf of Tonkin, it was attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats.  Two days later, while sailing through stormy weather, the ship’s crew reported they had been attacked for a second time. While S...

September 30, 2019

In 1983, Pink Floyd released The Final Cut.  Despite the middling reviews it received from contemporary critics and fans alike, the album, like most of the band’s work, has aged well, and is arguably the group’s most interesting composition in terms of theme and inspir...

April 22, 2019

Within the borders of the Third Reich, the Nazi Propaganda Ministry, led by Joseph Goebbels, painted the country’s war against the Soviet Union as one of annihilation.  The overarching goal of Operation Barbarossa was the complete destruction of “Jewish-Bolshevism” and...

March 4, 2019

In February 1946, George Kennan was head of the State Department’s mission in Moscow.  The Treasury Department requested he profile the Soviet Union in an attempt to understand the motivations behind Josef Stalin’s foreign policy decisions.  Through then Secretary of S...

November 19, 2018

In 1968, the world seemed as though it was coming apart [1].   Charles De Gaulle’s conservative government in France stood on the precipice of collapse as student protesters joined forces with striking industrial workers to paralyze the country.  In Prague, a Soviet di...

October 8, 2018

The Schutzstaffel (SS) was the ideological vanguard and independent armed forces of the Nazi Party.  The men who filled its ranks were passionate ideologues and among Adolf Hitler’s most ardent disciples.  As a result they were tasked with imposing Nazi racial policy o...

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