A remote tavern in the Ozark wilderness would become a focal point for the largest and most deadly battle west of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War of 1861-1865. Possession of the Elkhorn Tavern would determine if Missouri remained with the Union or become part of the Confederacy.
Hitler would unleash the V-2, one of his most terrifying wonder weapons on Antwerp, Belgium, in the fall of 1944, hoping to strike horror among its citizens. He expected it to turn the tide of war against the Allies as their troops were poised to invade Germany.
The French military defeat at Dien Bien Phu in May 1954 marked the end of their involvement in southeast Asia after a three-decade effort to colonize the area. Their brutal occupation and arrogance would prove to be their downfall.
The citizens of Kansas would live in a constant state of readiness as Confederate guerillas roamed the countryside burning free staters farms and taking anything of value. William Quantrill would lead many Confederate guerillas on raids throughout Missouri and Kansas.
The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 was the most devastating epidemic in history. Before the pandemic faded away, it would kill between 20 million and 40 million people more than any other outbreak of disease in human history. As we deal with COVID 19 we revisit the nightmare.
In 1942 Japan's blitzkrieg throughout the Southwest Pacific left the world holding its breath. After Singapore fell, it seemed only a mater of time till Australia would fall victim to Japan's aggression. It would take the insidious ultra-secret weapon "Magic" to save Australia from invasion.
Few battles in history where the course of events tipped so dramatically as they did in the battle for Midway. The Japanese Empire's carrier fleet, the mightiest in existence, would be utterly destroyed giving Japan its greatest defeat in three hundred years forcing them on the defensive.
The battle for Iwo Jima would leave both sides involved shaken by the shear scale of violence as they fought for this tiny volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean. Of the 21,000 Japanese defending the island less than 200 would survive, it would become the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history.
On June 6,1944, 156,000 Allied troops assaulted the beaches of Normandy, Allied troops had to breach a massive concrete coastal defense system known as the "Atlantic Wall" with almost 15,000 strong points. One of those troops would later write the "Catcher in the Rye" a novel of post war alienation.
Eddie Rickenbacker would become one of the world's pioneers of flight, leading the world into commercial aviation by buying Eastern Airlines in 1938. But first he would lead the United States during the First World War as one of the twentieth century's " Ace of Aces."
The Second Indochina War, known as the Vietnam War to Americans, would forever change American's faith in their government. The fall of the city of Hue in 1968 would surprise many Americans, who were led to believe the U.S. was wining the war. It would mark the end of American's age of innocence.
In an epic three-day battle, confederate general Robert E. Lee gambled everything to save the South from total destruction only to be turned back in a savage bloody battle of attrition near the small town of Gettysburg Pennsylvania in July 1863.
From D-Day until the end of the war in Europe J.D. Salinger would be on the front lines battling the best troops Hitler could put in the field. Few Americans realize that the well-known author of "The Catcher in the Rye" was a veteran of a secret combat intelligence group known as the "Richie Boys."
On September 1,1939, Adolf Hitler unleashed his armored legions upon Poland using this small country as a testing ground for the Blitzkrieg. In less than six weeks Hitler's armies would change the face of armored warfare.
In 1942 Adolf Hitler sent one of his best generals to Libya to rescue Italian troops from Britain's desert army. Erwin Rommel would lead the German counter-attack putting Britain's troops on their heals and even threating the Suez Canal .
Hitler's last great gamble in the forests of the Ardennes in December 1944 is the largest and most deadly land battle in American military history. J.D. Salinger's division would be shattered during the battle leaving him with PTSD as the war ended.
After over five years of war and more than 55 million deaths, the most feared empire in modern history met its end in Berlin. At its center was the paranoid, drug-transformed emperor, Adolf Hitler.
De Soto's expedition in North America was an epic struggle that would end in disaster as his search for the lost city of El Dorado (the city of gold) proved to be a false dream.
Tecumseh's death in 1813 is one of the most significant moments in American history depicted in a frieze in the rotunda at the U.S. Capitol. His death marked the end of his pan-Indian confederacy.
The Second World War had been dragging on for five bloody years in the fall of 1944. The British capital of London would become the target for a new revolutionary weapon which would set the stage for all future wars. Hitler wanted the Allies to pay for their bombing campaign against his Fatherland.
Erich Hartmann would score more victories in the Second World War than any fighter pilot in the history of aerial warfare downing 352 Soviet planes as he prowled the skies over the Eastern Front.
The air raids by the American and British Air Forces in the Second World War were the most destructive in human history leaving vast wastelands wherever their massive aerial armadas would strike.
After the Battle for Pea Ridge Union army commander General Curtis would march his army through Arkansas leaving devastation in its wake, as the Confederates attempt to regroup to fight another day.
The Battle for Wilson's Creek will take the national focus away from the battlefield at Bull Run which took place a month earlier and give the Confederacy another major victory over Union forces.
In the summer of 1940 Hitler would unleash his blitzkrieg on Western Europe it would roll over a vast Allied Army leaving the citizens of Western Europe under Nazi rule for the next five years.
Okinawa was the bloodiest battle in the Pacific Theater during the Second World War. It was the only time where the commanding generals on both sides would die in the battle. The Japanese army fought to the last man in the caves surrounding Shuri Castle a killing zone like no other in the war.
Verdun would become one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the history of warfare. The battle was a macabre portrait of the horrors of trench warfare. In ten months, 37 million shells, both German and French were fired creating a lunar landscape near Verdun.
H.G. Wells predicted early in the Twentieth century that airpower would become both the product and the downfall of Western civilization. In the Second World War the bomber would bring about the greatest catastrophe in history bringing terror and death to millions of civilians, women and children.
Lockheed Skunk Works has created some of the most revolutionary airplane designs in aviation history many of its planes are still cloaked in mystery. Skunk Works newest planes are most likely beyond your wildest expectations, flying faster and higher than any in history sparking many UFO sightings.
Grigori Rasputin's story will forever be a part of the Russian landscape. His life and death forever changed the course of Russia's history. It opened the door to a Civil War and the rise of the Soviet Union which would fall victim to the Cold War in 1991.
Only surpassed by the Chernobyl reactor meltdown in the Ukraine and the Fukushima reactor meltdown in Japan the nuclear accident at Church Rock New Mexico remains hidden to the world.
The crisis at Three Mile Island began in the early morning of March 28, 1979, what happened in the next five days changed the course of nuclear power production in the United States.
The Civil War in Syria has given Iran the opportunity to position its Quds forces along the Golan Heights, forcing Israel's military to confront the threat as rockets rain down upon the Israeli positions.
The Battle of Pea Ridge was a bloody turning point west of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War. It left the state open to Union invasion forcing its people to live under a state siege. As Union troops and Confederate guerrillas roamed the state robbing and killing its citizens.
One of the most ill conceived missions of the Second World War was Patton's raid on the prisoner of war camp at Hammelburg. The POW camp was located deep in German held territory just weeks before the end of the war.
The Battle for Kasserine Pass was a series of battles fought in Tunisia, February 1943. It was the United States' first major battlefield defeat of the Second World War.
America has the possibility of experiencing a Fukushima type meltdown at any time, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission should be warning American citizens about the threat. The United States has twenty-three nuclear power plants with the same design as the Fukushima plant.
Guadalcanal was the beginning of an island-hopping campaign which led Allied troops to the very gates of the Japan it was a turning point in the Pacific War forcing the Japanese military to go on the defensive.
Henry Lee III was a great American Revolutionary War hero and the father of Civil War general Robert E. Lee. He was a great American patriot who served as the ninth governor of Virginia.
Hans Rudel was Germany's most highly decorated combat pilot of the Second World War. Known as the "Stuka Pilot" Rudel was shot down 29 times and survived to see the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.
In the spring of 1942 Adolf Hitler would launch an all-out attack toward the city of Stalingrad, it raged for 199 days becoming the deadliest battle in history. The battle for Stalingrad would become a major turning point of the Second World War.
T.E. Lawrence's adventures in Middle East during the First World War will go down as of one of the most successful military operations in history ending with the capture of Damascus Syria October 1, 1918.
The world would become exposed to terrorism at the Munich Olympics massacre of 1972. The Palestinian terror group "Black September" would kill most of the members of the Israeli Olympic team, to bring their struggle to the world's attention. Osama bin Laden would renew that effort in 2001.
On Sept. 1st, 1859, the most powerful solar storm in recorded history engulfed our planet. It was “the Carrington Event,” named after British scientist Richard Carrington, who witnessed the flare that started it. The storm rocked Earth’s magnetic field what if it happened today?