The grim geometry of death – It Really Happened #3, 1944


I’ve been interested in the American Civil War for most of my life; it’s not possible for things to have been any other way, being as I’ve been reading military history since I was around 10 or 11 years old and I live within a short drive of four or five major Civil War sites. But I didn’t dive whole hog into Civil War studies until I was in my late thirties. That was when I realized I was about the same age as the typical Civil War brigadier general, and it was also around that time when I became interested in the practical aspects of ACW brigade command (troop movement, terrain, morale) as well as in the operational level of command (how a campaign is planned and fought throughout a theater of war). More


Amelia Earhart – It Really Happened #5, October 1946


In a time when very few people had flown in a plane, much less piloted one, being known as “an aviator” actually meant something. There was a certain dash, a panache, connected to the term “aviator”; it conjured thoughts of a daring, reckless character who was able to journey to mysterious, far off lands at the drop of a hat. Very few people in those days could lay claim to the appellation, and even in that rarefied company, Amelia Earhart was something special. Prior to the Second World War, women were expected to be homemakers or, if they worked outside the home, the options were essentially limited to secretary, nurse, telephone operator, or what we today would call “customer service”. But Earhart dared to be something more, a pilot who roamed the world, and became (along with Lindbergh, Post, and Rickenbacker) one of the four most famous aviators in America.

Then, while attempting to circumnavigate the globe in 1937, Earhart vanished without a trace over the Pacific Ocean. More