Saigō Takamori: the true story of the last samurai

In 1877 the Satsuma Rebellion or Sainan War against the Japanese imperial throne ended with the victory of the latter…

Jasper Maskelyne, the magician who fooled the Germans with his tricks in World War II

In 1983, the famous magician David Copperfield caused a sensation by making the New York City Statue of Liberty disappear…

A fly-whisk provoked the French occupation of Algeria and the establishment of the protectorate

Most readers will be aware of the historical link between France and Algeria, if only because of the number of…

Battle on the Ice, the medieval battle fought on a frozen lake

If you haven’t already watched Sergei Eisenstein’s movie, Alexander Nevsky, I recommend that you look for it and watch it,…

Mariya Oktyabrskaya, the Soviet woman who paid for the manufacture of a tank and drove it personally to avenge her husband’s death

Although women’s participation in World War II was more active than it may seem at first glance, their role was…

Yi Sun-sin, the Korean admiral who stopped the Japanese invasion of his country without ever being defeated or losing a single ship

In recent years the memory of some Spanish sailors such as Blas de Lezo or Alvaro de Bazan who were…

How did the Persians count their battle casualties?

On April 19, 531 A.D., two fairly evenly matched forces (about 20,000 men on each side) clashed on the banks of the Euphrates near present-day Raqqah in Syria. On one side were the Byzantine troops under the command of Belisarius, and on the other those of the Sassanian Empire led by Azarethes.

Rettungsboje, the rescue buoy devised by the Germans in World War II to save downed pilots

Searching for a castaway lost at sea is an arduous and often frustrating task. Unless the search area can be…

10 heroines of World War II

The history of the Second World War is full of heroic actions carried out by men and women, often little…

Pelusium, the battle the Persians won over the Egyptians by throwing cats at them.

Throughout History, men have not had enough of tearing each other apart in an endless number of wars, but they…