September 6 1915-Birthday of the Modern Tank

September 16  1915: a prototype tank nicknamed Little Willie rolls off the assembly line in England. Little Willie was far from an overnight success. It weighed 14 tons, got stuck in trenches and crawled over rough terrain at only two miles per hour. However, improvements were made to the original prototype and tanks eventually transformed military … More September 6 1915-Birthday of the Modern Tank

WHERE PATTON AWARDED MCAULIFFE, THE 101ST AIRBORNE HQ CHATEAU IN BASTOGNE REVISITED

Many Thanks to Hans Wiesman, author of The Dakota Hunter: In Search of the Legendary DC-3 on the Last Frontiers, for taking the time to share  his latest thoughts with us. WHERE PATTON AWARDED MCAULIFFE, THE 101ST AIRBORNE HQ CHATEAU IN BASTOGNE REVISITED- by Hans Wiesman, also featured at  Dakota Hunter blog  In this Dakota Hunter Blog, you will … More WHERE PATTON AWARDED MCAULIFFE, THE 101ST AIRBORNE HQ CHATEAU IN BASTOGNE REVISITED

The Dr. Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table celebrates its 30th Season

As the  Dr. Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table celebrates its 30th, Casemate would like to congratulate Don Patton and the entire team, as well as thank them all for including Casemate and our authors in so many of the excellent programs over the years. Be sure to look for Jonathan Gawne’s … More The Dr. Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table celebrates its 30th Season

The Lafayette Escadrille: A Photo History of the First American Fighter Squadron endorsed by the World War I Centennial Commission

Casemate is proud to announce   Steven A. Ruffin’s just published that The Lafayette Escadrille: A Photo History of the First American Fighter Squadron has been endorsed by the World War I Centennial Commission.   Above: July 4, 1917, 48 leave to celebrate American Independence Day in Paris. Photos courtesy of  Washington and Lee University Archives. … More The Lafayette Escadrille: A Photo History of the First American Fighter Squadron endorsed by the World War I Centennial Commission

The Coast Guard Celebrates 226 Years of Service

Today marks the 226th anniversary of the creation of the US Coast Guard. Responsible for maritime rescue, drug interdiction, smuggling prevention, and humanitarian aid distribution, the Coast Guard traces its history to August 4, 1790.  From the Napoleonic Wars through modern day conflicts, the Coast Guard has secured our waters and protected our coasts, and served along … More The Coast Guard Celebrates 226 Years of Service

America’s First Clash with Iran: The Tanker War 1987-88

    In May 1987 the US frigate Stark, calmly sailing the waters of the Persian Gulf, was suddenly blown apart by an Exocet missile fired from an Iraqi jet fighter. A fifth of the ship’s crew was killed and many others horribly burned or wounded. This event jumpstarted one of the most mysterious conflicts … More America’s First Clash with Iran: The Tanker War 1987-88