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Ty Carter Raced Through Withering Fire to Rescue a Wounded Soldier in the Battle of Kamdesh

by Katie Lange With the inside of an armored vehicle was the only thing keeping him safe from a hail of gunfire, Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter had the courage to rescue a wounded comrade on the ground during an intense battle in Afghanistan. For his bravery and devotion, he …

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In Eagle Pass, Soldiers Toast the Men Who Fought at Salerno in World War II

“Tell people what we did in World War II,” one soldier said. “Tell them about Salerno.” by Susan Katz Keating EAGLE PASS, TX – In a parking lot near the U.S. southern border, members of the Texas National Guard encountered our team from Soldier of Fortune. The “T-Patchers” just had …

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Russia Marks WWII Victory Day While Waging War on Ukraine

by Susan Katz Keating Enacted without irony. While marking the anniversary of Victory Day today in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other foreign heads of state laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Alexander Garden. There was no mention of the carnage Putin has wrought in …

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‘We Knew They Weren’t Coming Back’: Vietnam’s Brutal ‘Nine Days in May’ Border Battles

“We weren’t Special Forces or Airborne. We were mostly just a bunch of draftee grunts who turned out to be damn good soldiers.” by Susan Katz KeatingThe soldiers proceeded cautiously through the jungle highlands west of Pleiku, near the Cambodian border, on the morning of May 18, 1967. The men …

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Was Russia’s Makeshift ‘Turtle Tank’ Destroyed in Ukraine?

What is hiding beneath the protective shell of Russia’s so-called “turtle tank?” Perhaps only scrap metal, if Ukraine has destroyed it along with other armor at war in Crimea. Russian forces have modified one of their main battle tanks with some less than cutting-edge protection by covering it with a …

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Israeli Ground Forces Intercept Iranian Drones, Missiles

by RFE/RL Barrages of drones and missiles launched by Iran in an unprecedented, large-scale attack on Israel began entering Israeli airspace, triggering air-raid sirens across the country as its air defenses appeared to destroy the incoming projectiles before any impacts on the ground. Loud explosions and flashes of light could …

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War in the Tunnels: When Combat Goes Underground

by Susan Katz Keating As the conflicts in Ukraine and Israel have brought urban combat into the forefront, U.S. defense officials are addressing what the complex realm of subterranean warfare will mean for American troops in future scenarios. “Our adversaries have adapted their capabilities against our weaknesses by expanding their …

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This American Paratrooper Was Captured by SS Troops During ‘Operation Market Garden’

When Gene Metcalfe boarded the C-47 that would drop him just outside of Nijmegen, Holland, a British lieutenant gave him a box of condoms. Gene was to be among the first to jump into what should have been a picture-book meadow, free of German troops. Instead, it was defended by …

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Fighting in the Trenches – Here’s How British Troops Train For a Modern Version of Old Warfare

Trench fortifications, reminiscent of World War One, have become an integral part of the war in Ukraine. Both sides have dug vast networks of fortifications, signaling to Western forces that the old style warfare is very much in play. In the United Kingdom, British forces have dug a series of …

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