Category: war

Peter Lemon, a Canadian volunteer in the US Army, won the Medal…

Peter Lemon, a Canadian volunteer in the US Army, won the Medal of Honor for actions performed while stoned on marijuana in Vietnam.

The largest trebuchet ever made was called ‘War…

The largest trebuchet ever made was called ‘War Wolf’ and, at ~400ft tall, was so massive and intimidating that it made the Scots surrender on sight. Despite this, it was fired anyway to observe the destruction it would cause.

Photo :  Ron L. Toms / wikimedia

Diarrhea was the leading cause of death in the American Civil…

Diarrhea was the leading cause of death in the American Civil War and there was an unwritten code of honor among Civil War soldiers, “that forbade the shooting of men while attending to the imperative calls of nature”

When Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Soviet sniper, was being promoted…

When Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Soviet sniper, was being promoted for 257 confirmed kills against the invading Germans, her acceptance speech was simply “I’ll get more”.

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When Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Soviet sniper, was being promoted…

When Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Soviet sniper, was being promoted for 257 confirmed kills against the invading Germans, her acceptance speech was simply “I’ll get more”.

Photo : Business Insider

Rival ice cream truck drivers in Glasgow in the 80s sold drugs…

Rival ice cream truck drivers in Glasgow in the 80s sold drugs from their trucks, shot at each other, and committed arson in the Glasgow Ice Cream Wars.

Photo : Andy Mitchell / Flickr / wikimedia

The Battle of the Eclipse, the last battle in a six-year war…

The Battle of the Eclipse, the last battle in a six-year war between the Medes and the Lydians in the 6th century BCE, came to a sudden halt when a solar eclipse turned day into night. Both armies halted fighting and reached a peace agreement.

After the atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and…

After the atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 13% of the U.S. people were in favor of “killing off” all Japanese people. And after Japan surrendered, 22.7% of Americans wished more atomic bombs had been dropped.

A Hiroshima policeman went to Nagasaki to teach other police…

A Hiroshima policeman went to Nagasaki to teach other police officers to duck-and-cover in the days between the two US atomic bombings. Not a single officer died in the Nagasaki blast.

Photo : The Japan Times

In 1932, the Australian Army went to war against emus that were…

In 1932, the Australian Army went to war against emus that were destroying farmland. The Army lost.

Photo : Dimex / News.com.au

The Emu War, also known as the Great Emu War, was a nuisance wildlife management military operation undertaken in Australia over the latter part of 1932 to address public concern over the number of emus said to be running amok in the Campion district of Western Australia. The unsuccessful attempts to curb the population of emus, a large flightless bird indigenous to Australia, employed soldiers armed with Lewis guns—leading the media to adopt the name “Emu War” when referring to the incident. While a number of the birds were killed, the emu population persisted and continued to cause crop destruction.