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The Korean War

On 25 June 1950, armed forces from communist North Korea smash into South Korea, setting off the Korean War. The US, acting under the auspices of the UN, sprang to the defense of South Korea. The forces of many nations fought a bloody and...

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Nazi invasion of Russia

22 June 1941 – Operation Barbarossa, the German attack on the Soviet Union, began. Despite the massive preparations spread over many months and the numerous indications Stalin received from many sources, the Soviet forces were taken almost...

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Nuclear danger

There are a lot of reasons why it’s in everyone’s best interest for most countries not to have nuclear weapons. This story is one example. On 25 Jan 1995, Russia’s early-warning defense radar detected an unexpected missile launch...

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Hitler, Moscow, and the US today

On 2 Oct 1941, the Germans began their surge to Moscow led by the 1st Army Group and Gen. Fedor von Bock. When Hitler first invaded Russia on 22 Jun 40 the Russian peasants greeted his army with bread and salt—the way liberators were treated—Stalin...

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The US Space Program

An unmanned Russian supply ship headed for the International Space Station didn’t make it into orbit Wednesday; its pieces fell in Siberia with a huge explosion. Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, didn’t say if the supply ship was lost—duh. On...

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Hitler and friends

On 23 Aug 1939, Germany & the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression pact, stunning the world; the dictators were both playing to their own political needs. When Poland was threatened, Prime Minister Chamberlain made it plain that Britain would come...

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The largest Tank Battle in History

On 13 July 1943, during WWII, the Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history, involving some 6,000 tanks, 2 million men, and 5,000 aircraft, ended with the German offensive repulsed by the Soviets at heavy cost. In early July, Germany and...

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The Korean War

Korea, a former Japanese possession, had been divided into zones of occupation following WW II. US forces accepted the surrender of Japanese forces in southern Korea, while Soviet forces did the same in the north. Like in Germany, however, the...