Conflict in the Balkan States is nothing new, reaching back centuries and through countless wars. Following on the heels of Tito’s death in 1980, the collapse and breakup of the former Yugoslavia caused reverberations throughout the region that are still being felt today. A struggle for power to establish newContinue Reading

Following a successful, yet costly, defense of the Pusan Perimeter in 1950, the American-led coalition force in South Korea moved to launch a counterattack against the invading North. Termed Operation CHROMITE, the mission was to land on the Korean west coast near Inchon. Without the benefit of training, the AmericansContinue Reading

As Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM continued onward into 2010, rhetoric and policy began to change in Washington. President Obama had pledged an eventual drawdown of American forces throughout Southwest Asia (SWA), and Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense, indicated that a new operations title was needed to betterContinue Reading

In April of 2008, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) was well underway across Afghanistan and neighboring regions. The campaign had been launched in response of a coordinated terrorist attack on American soil on 11 September 2001. The situation in the Afghani territory of Helmand in early April of 2008 was thatContinue Reading

It was an unfathomable decision to make. The president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, was presented with a way to possibly end the war in the Pacific which would have dire consequences for thousands or even millions of people. What was worse was that if he chose theContinue Reading

The world trembled as fire rained down from the skies above. People were disoriented, frantic, and running for shelter as churches, hospitals, and houses burned to the ground. By the time the explosions ceased, most of the city was ablaze and in ruin. The date is 1 September 1939, andContinue Reading

In October of 1917, the 38th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Camp Greene, North Carolina under the command of MG Joseph T. Dickman. The 3rd Division deployed to France in March of 1918 and was positioned around Chateau-Thierry. During this deployment, the 38th Infantry wasContinue Reading

Nestled into the northeastern territory of Lorraine in France, the small city of Verdun was the site of the largest battle on the Western Front in World War I. After having been delayed for almost two weeks, German forces launched Unternehmen Gericht (Operation Judgement) on the morning of 21 FebruaryContinue Reading