The History of the Military Knife Hand

  There are many iconic images in U.S. military history: Washington crossing the Delaware, the surrender at Appomattox,¬†troops landing on Omaha Beach, to name a few. But few paintings or photographs have managed to capture one of the most significant weapons in the U.S. arsenal: the knife hand. Able to cleave the air with a …

Here’s Some Memes, Go See a Star War

With the recent news that Arrested Development creator Ron Howard will be directing the new Star Wars one-off movie about Han Solo, we would be negligent if we did not consider what that could look like. So, without any more introduction, I give you... Now the story of a family of dysfunctional Jedi who lost everything and the one …

We Need a Universal Veteran Symbol for America’s Recent Conflicts

When World War II came to a close in 1945, about 13 million¬†service members began the transition into civilian life. Some had been in uniform for the whole four years; some, for just a few months. Some had served overseas; some had served at home. Many had been in terrible combat; many more had never …

Wonder Woman & the Great War: How WWI gets the Heroine it’s Always Needed

WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW Wonder Woman struck the big screen in a blaze of action and glory last week, depicting the heights to which people will go for each other - and the lows of which humanity is capable. The settings for the film could not have been more different - a paradise island where the …

Impenetrable Terrain – Isn’t

There's one of those old pithy military sayings that is so old that it has been attributed to everyone and no one: "Friendly fire - isn't." I'd like to paraphrase that regarding military terrain: "Impenetrable terrain - isn't." Terrain is one of those features of military history and analysis that I feel never gets its …