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History person, Army officer, transplanted Buckeye. Writes stuff. Some Star Wars. One half of @warstoriescast. Views do not reflect or represent the DoD's.
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May 17 5 tweets 1 min read
World War I would like a word. A really, really big word. Like...artillery in WWI got so scientific that it forced trench warfare, ffs, the THING WWI IS KNOWN FOR

From firing data, to sound ranging, to adjusted fires, to fuzes, to registered fires, to creeping barrages, to the goddamn drumfire and fire waltz
Mar 26 51 tweets 11 min read
Ok, so, like, it's #NationalMedalOfHonorDay so you just know I gotta toss back 1 or 2 or 5 or whatever drinks and talk bout one of my favorite medal of honor recipients everrrrrrr

But I'm not gonna tell you who it is right off because suspense or whatever So it's like May of 1863 and the American civil war is lit tf up. Like, battles. Everywhere. As many prominent historians have said. Let's look at ol Virginia and that continued campaign to take Richmond because misplaced centers of gravity but whatevs
Mar 20 9 tweets 1 min read
So, sitting at brunch, and this chick is telling her brunch group about her brother's weird relationship and then it suddenly takes a turn to her own wedding where she says she's going to start trying for kids her wedding night

Which is gonna be red, white, and blue themed Because as she says, she's super patriotic

She really loves America, guys

She loves it so much that they're thinking of getting married in 2026 at the 250th

And they're gonna walk down the aisle to "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood

🤢
Mar 1 4 tweets 1 min read
About 5 years ago, I was interviewing a veteran of WWII and Vietnam. A nice, calm, older gentleman. Told incredible stories.

Halfway thru the interview, he pauses and looks at me:
"Your generation must get rid of nuclear weapons. They are the most evil things in the world." I was slightly taken aback, and then he began to tell me why. How he had been in the US Navy in the Pacific, bombarding the Japanese mainland when they'd been told to stand off from the coast. Then the bombs were dropped. "We thought it was some Buck Rogers nonsense at first..."
Feb 28 4 tweets 1 min read
This weekend has been a whole ass decade As for commentary on what's happening in Ukraine right now, I got none

I'm not there, I don't know the details. The spirit of the people and leaders of Ukraine continue to inspire and amaze me

May we all have that same fire of spirit, and may theirs never die
Feb 25 6 tweets 1 min read
The last 24 hours has been, basically

Historian/rational brain: de-escalation, economic sanctions make sense, looking to long-term consequences, avoiding more bloodshed

Soldier/emotional brain: let's fuckin *go* I know there are many in uniform in the US who are feeling similarly. There's an emotional response there of why we volunteered to serve. To stop things like this. It's hard to reconcile that our involvement could make things worse, escalate to something larger
Feb 15 5 tweets 1 min read
"Alexa, play baby making music" is not what i ever ever ever ever ever ever want to hear through the wall from my neighbor's apartment

Ever I rapidly changed and exited my apartment, headed to the gym. As I was getting in my car, my neighbor's boyfriend arrives home

I pause

Because there were definitely two sets of feet I heard going up the stairs
Feb 12 26 tweets 3 min read
Well, it's Friday. And apparently there might be some war or something? So might as well do my annual master and commander watch, just in case something were to happen that would prevent the normal one in the summer. Crispy duck and Madeira pair well with 19th century naval dramas, ijs
Jan 30 32 tweets 5 min read
Making the interesting life choice of deciding to watch the Two Towers extended edition

I mean, it's only like, four hours

Have stew, have booze, will see what happens Declarations of not passing:

French at Verdun, 1916 Gandalf

Things not allowed to pass:

The Germans. A balrog
Jan 17 21 tweets 3 min read
Chinese takeout and The Longest Day. Haven't watched it in years, should be entertaining.

I forgot that literally everyone is in this movie. I love that you don't see a single American for the first ten minutes. Everything is in French or German.

And then you spend the next five minutes watching everyone be miserable in the rain. An accurate picture of England at war
Jan 17 8 tweets 2 min read
Look at this utter BAMF. Cpl. Clarence van Allen, Boston, Massachusetts. Peep that ribbon rack. Stacks on stacks on STACKS. There's a Distinguished Service Cross, the Croix de Guerre with Palm, and the Medaille Militaire (France's 3d highest award). Don't mess with this dude Clarence van Allen was part of the Massachusetts National Guard, Company L, 6th Infantry. When WWI was declared, the 6th MA got organized into the 26th Division. All but CO L, which became part of the 372d Infantry in the 93d Division
Jan 16 6 tweets 1 min read
I see that there's a 2001 movie about the Lost Battalion

I made the mistake of watching it. It is Not Good. I see they got Nurse Flowers from Scrubs to play Whittlesey

That's really all you need to know about this travesty

Apparently someone who made the movie once watched Sergeant York, because it's got that level of detailed analysis

Well. That's insulting Sergeant York
Jan 14 11 tweets 2 min read
Have been thinking a lot recently about the US Army after Vietnam, as we look to see what the Army after Afghanistan looks like. There's some disturbing trends and parallels, obviously not all the same because of time, situations, cultural shifts, etc but...it bears thinking of The Army emerged from Vietnam utterly broken. The service was a disaster. Drug use was rampant. As Atkinson writes about in "Long Gray Line," it got so bad in US Army Europe that officers and NCOs didn't visit enlisted barracks for fear of violence. Racial violence was common
Jan 9 7 tweets 3 min read
Ben Butler, man. Saving thousands of lives from an epidemic. Between this and his advocacy for USCT, it might be time to revisit his historiography

(An Environmental History of the Civil War, 32) Good note here: smallpox vaccinations were also enforced in the US Army in the Civil War, beginning in 1861
Jan 3 7 tweets 3 min read
At the dawn of the new year, I'm realizing a never did a rundown of the top five posts from the blog in 2021. It was really guest writers who kept the thing afloat, as we can see with the 5th most read piece from 2021: Howard Zhou on China

wp.me/p4QlZL-2cq Coming in at number four, I look at Baron Harkonnen's exceptional tactical victory on Arrakis, and his subsequent strategic failure, in #Dune

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Jan 1 22 tweets 5 min read
One bottle of champagne down

Now where's that pesky gin got to Well well well well well well well

Well

I found the gin, so don't be worried. Yo, remember that time when the US almost took Canada in a snowstorm but didn't because of a lack of gin? Ok, well not that, but gin probably would've helped.
Dec 31, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
Watching Force Awakens again and damn, why hasn't First Order tactical doctrine taught them to dismount their landing craft on the OPPOSITE side from enemy fire?

They need a doctrine update for their joint forcible entry, smh If Patton had been a stormtrooper, he would've designed armor just like Phasma's, and you know it
Dec 22, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
Could be a bad idea, or a good idea, who knows Image You've heard of potential energy

We call this a potential Falcon Image
Dec 15, 2021 26 tweets 4 min read
Welp, I finished grading. I got my booster, so I'm kinda out of it. My coworker gave me some awesome rum-filled eggnog.

Guess I'll lay in bed and watch "Patton" because it's been a while since I had a good laugh It's important to remember that Patton did not have George C Scott's gravelly voice. He had almost an academic, nasally, higher-pitched drawl

And that makes all these lines absolutely *hilarious*
Nov 15, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
My dad, 1955

This would explain why we always had about 15 dogs when I was growing up... Image It's really, really, really a massive relief to find out that your dad wasn't a racist in 1956. Racism was never anything he modeled when I was growing up, but it's good to see it in his letters that he is disgusted with the actions of white southerners while he's at UNC
Nov 13, 2021 39 tweets 10 min read
ok so i know it's been a hot minute since i yeeted this meme into the internet but i've only just now had enough bourbon to explain it in its full glory right, so this whole story revolves around my dude clarence ransom edwards from the great STATE OF OHIO. Born in the Land of Cleve, he's a bit of an irascible SOB, so I guess that's why he runs of to West Point to do whatever it is that they do there to make ossifers