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A Brief History On March 18, 1915, the Allied naval operation at the Dardanelles, the straits that provide entry to the Black Sea from the Mediterranean, ended in one of the worst defeats of the British Royal Navy when 3 battleships were lost and another 4 capital ships were seriously damaged.  A cruiser was also damaged. Digging Deeper Worse than just the loss of the ships, the British and French suffered 700 men killed on ships alone, along with several dozen killed on shore raids.  The Turks suffered only 40 dead and 78 wounded. The stunning part about the failed…

A Brief History On March 15, 493, Ravenna, Italy, was a scene right out of the HBO cable television series Game of Thrones when King Theodoric the Great of the Ostrogoths invited his defeated enemy, King Odoacer of Italy to a great banquet marking the “end” of hostilities.  Odoacer, the first barbarian King of Italy, whose reign marked the end of the Western Roman Empire, was walking into a trap! Digging Deeper Theodoric used the banquet as a lure to draw in Odoacer so that the erstwhile King of Italy could be killed.  In the manner typical of both fictional…

A Brief History On March 14, 1982, an 11 kilogram bomb went off at the office of the African National Congress in London, England.  The explosion that occurred at 9 am local time, did not kill anyone, but the considerable blast smashed windows as far as 400 meters away.  Obviously, the human damage could have been much worse.  ANC voluntary worker, Vernet Mbatha, a caretaker, was the only person injured.  He had been sleeping in an apartment above the offices. Digging Deeper The ANC is currently the governing political party of the Republic of South Africa, a country that was…

A Brief History On March 10, 1952, Fulgencio Batista, a former military sergeant in the Cuban Army and former President of Cuba from 1940 to 1944, led a successful coup against the democratically elected government of the island nation of Cuba, installing himself as “President,” or more accurately as dictator.  Batista remained in charge of Cuba with the support of the United States until the Fidel Castro led revolution aided by revolutionary hero Che Guevera ousted the would be king in 1959.  Castro later declared himself and his regime to be communist after 2 years of contentious relations with the…

A Brief History On March 6, 1975, entranced Americans were glued to their television sets to watch the first mass public showing of the infamous “Zapruder Film” that depicted the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.  According to US Government reports, a single gunman acting alone, Lee Harvey Oswald, used a World War II surplus Italian bolt action rifle that he bought mail order.  The 6.5×52mm caliber Carcano Model 91/38 cost Oswald only $19.95 (plus shipping) and it even included an attached riflescope!  Today we take a look at 10 guns that will live in infamy. …

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