The Greatest War Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from Military by Rick Beyer

By Rick Beyer

Search the annals of army historical past and you may detect no finish of quirky characters and amazing actual tales: The topless dancer who stored the Byzantine Empire. the realm warfare I conflict that was once halted so a football online game should be performed. The scientist who invented a pigeon-guided missile in 1943. and do not omit the aged pig whose demise caused a world situation among the U.S. and nice Britain.

This is the type of historical past you can find in The maximum conflict tales by no means Told. 100 attention-grabbing tales drawn from thousand years of army heritage, followed via a wealth of images, maps, drawings, and records that support carry every one tale to lifestyles. Little-known stories advised with a one-two punch of background and humor that might make you shake your head in disbelief -- yet they are all true!

Did you recognize That:

  • One army unit served on each side through the Civil War
  • The warfare of Jenkins's Ear was once truly fought over a sea captain's ear
  • Daniel Boone used to be attempted for treason
  • A siege on Poland in 1519 gave beginning to the wedding of bread and butter

Discover how struggle could be a catalyst for switch; an engine for innovation; and an area for valor, deceit, intrigue, ambition, revenge, audacity, folly, or even silliness. need to know how the mafia helped the U.S. win international warfare II, whilst the note bazooka used to be coined, or how foolish Putty used to be invented? learn on!

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And though they have been obsolete for more than a century, they live on in our language. To fire a flintlock, the shooter first cocked the hammer partway so that he could sprinkle some powder onto the priming pan—but he had to remember to cock the hammer the rest of way before firing. Otherwise the gun would go off half-cocked. When the trigger was pulled, the hammer brought down a piece of flint with great force, creating a shower of sparks. If the powder in the pan ignited but failed to set off the charge inside the barrel, the result was a showy but useless flash in the pan.

She convinced the commander to provide a military escort to take her to the Dauphin. 3. She convinced a group of priests that God was really speaking to her, and that she should be allowed to meet with the Dauphin. 4. In less than five minutes she convinced Charles to give her an army. 5. She persuaded grizzled veterans of the war against England that they should take orders from a seventeen-year-old girl. Further, she got them to give up cursing and sex while serving under her. 6. In an age when war meant hand-to-hand combat, even for commanders, Joan survived numerous battles while never wielding a weapon.

The new currency helped make gun manufacturing a growth industry. During the 1300s, Chinese engineers focused their energies not so much on guns as on bombs. ” — ROGER BACON IN 1267, THE EARLIEST KNOWN EUROPEAN REFERENCE TO GUNPOWDER 1314 DANGEROUS GAMES A trip back to the day when soccer and golf were a threat to national security. In 1314, England’s King Edward II issued a royal edict banning the game of soccer. It wasn’t because he was morally opposed to the game but because he believed that it’s very popularity was a threat to his realm.

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