Browsing: June 1

A Brief History On June 1, 1879, the so-called “Napoleon IV” died in the unlikely service of the British Army fighting Zulu warriors in what is now South Africa. Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte was the only child of Napoleon III, Emperor of the French. Digging Deeper Born in Paris in 1856, the little Louis-Napoléon had the distinction of having the Pope as his Godfather at his baptism! His Godmother was Josephine, Queen of Sweden, the granddaughter of Napoleon I’s first wife, Josephine. In spite of this auspicious beginning, the young Bonaparte was fated to never succeed his father on the throne of Imperial…

A Brief History On June 1, 1918, the Battle of Belleau Wood began in France near the River Marne.  The United States Army 2nd and 3rd Divisions reinforced by a brigade of US Marines consisting of the 5th and 6th Marine Regiments (with smaller units of French and English soldiers) faced off against 5 German divisions determined to continue their advance into Belleau Wood.  This action produced real evidence that United States soldiers and Marines had the guts to fight on the biggest stage in the world. Digging Deeper The Germans were determined to advance as far as possible into…

A Brief History On June 1, 2001, Crown Prince Dipendra, heir to the throne of Nepal, went on an alcohol and hashish fueled murder tantrum for being sent to his room! Digging Deeper At a party hosted by the royal family, Dipendra got drunk, high, a little too rowdy with one of the guests causing his father to order him away from the party and to his room.  Escorted to his room by his brother and his cousin. During the next hour Dipendra amassed an arsenal consisting of an M16A2 rifle, an H&K MP5K submachine gun, a Franchi SPAS 12…

A Brief History On June 1, 1813, the commander of the USS Chesapeake, James Lawrence, lay dying, and uttered the immortal words, “Don’t give up the ship!”  Inspiring words are not always enough, for the Chesapeake was captured in that battle and was re-rigged as the HMS Chesapeake.  We list 10 of the greatest military quotations, whether they achieved their intended result or not.  (We cannot claim they are the 10 greatest, because of course that is strictly a matter of opinion.)  Which ones would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 10. James Lawrence, “Don’t give up the ship!”…

A Brief History    On June 1, 1939, the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, a plane designed by the German aeronautical engineer Kurt Tank, made its first flight and would go to bedevil the Allies throughout the rest of World War II.  With upgrades throughout its service life, the “Butcher Bird” (or Shrike) as it was known due to its heavy firepower, would remain on the leading edge of piston-engine performance. Digging Deeper With its introduction to combat over the English Channel and France in 1941, the Fw 190 became an obvious game changer, requiring Allied designers to upgrade existing Spitfires and come up with better…