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A Brief History On June 28, 1651, and lasting through June 30, 1651, the Battle of Berestechko was fought in the area between what is now modern Poland, modern Belarus and the modern Ukraine, between the army of Poland and the upstart Ukrainian Cossacks and Tatars. Part of the Cossack Rebellion of 1648-1657, the battle was one of if not the largest land battle in Europe during the 17th Century. Digging Deeper The Poles took a sizable army to the field of battle, probably around 80,000 men, of which half were conscripted militia types called up to fight for the…

A Brief History This article presents tables showing the battle records of the members of the Roman triumvirates.  In a number of these battles, the individuals listed below shared command with one or more other commanders or served as a subordinate to a superior commander. Digging Deeper The Battle Record of Marcus Licinius Crassus The Battle Record of Pompey The Battle Record of Julius Caesar The Battle Record of Marcus Aemilius Lepidus The Battle Record of Mark Antony The Battle Record of Augustus Question for students (and subscribers): Which member of either triumvirate do you consider to have been the greatest…

A Brief History On June 7, 2021, we have had the opportunity to read and review a great new historical examination of “the Roman campaign to crush the Jewish revolt,” as the book calls itself.  Conquering Jerusalem, by Stephen Dando-Collins, is just about 200 pages long, long enough to address detail while compact enough to keep the reader engaged.  (By the way, this reviewer has personally been to Jerusalem, a fascinating place.) Digging Deeper We found the text highly readable, while retaining academic accuracy and serious addressing of facts and events, the flow of the book is more like a…

A Brief History On May 31, 1942, the Japanese Imperial Navy commenced an attack on the harbor (harbour for you British types) at Sydney, Australia, using 3 Ko-hyoteki-class midget submarines.  With a 2-man crew and armed with a pair of torpedoes, the little subs had the potential to create tremendous damage to any ship afloat.  Japan was not the only country to employ midget submarines during World War II, and midget subs were just one of many truly innovative attempts to adapt weapons for special purposes during that war that spawned so much in the way of technological progress.  Today…

A Brief History On May 24, 2002, emissaries of the United States and Russia signed a treaty to reduce each country’s nuclear arsenal to between 1700 and 2200 warheads.  Called the “Moscow Treaty,” the official name of the pact was much longer, “Treaty Between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Strategic Offensive Reductions (SORT),” another step in a long line of treaties and agreements to limit nuclear weapons between the premier wielders of such devices. See our other articles concerning nuclear weapons! Digging Deeper Going into effect on June 1, 2003, the Moscow Treaty was meant…

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