Category: war

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.

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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.

After her husband was killed by Nazis, a Ukrainian woman bought…

After her husband was killed by Nazis, a Ukrainian woman bought and drove a T-34 tank and named it ‘Fighting Girlfriend’, then went on a rampage. She took out several German anti-tank guns and machine gun nests before getting hit, they promoted her to the rank of Sergeant and later made her a Hero of the Soviet Union posthumously.

She wrote to Stalin:

My husband was killed in action defending the motherland. I want revenge on the fascist dogs for his death and for the death of Soviet people tortured by the fascist barbarians. For this purpose, I’ve deposited all my personal savings – 50,000 rubles – to the National Bank in order to build a tank. I kindly ask to name the tank ‘Fighting Girlfriend’ and to send me to the frontline as a driver of said tank.

CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta saved a…

CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta saved a Marine’s life after he was shot in the head during the opening days of the invasion of Iraq. Without proper tools, Gupta performed the brain surgery with a Black and Decker handheld drill. The Marine lived.

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Teddy Roosevelt’s son fought in WWI as a pilot. He was killed in…

Teddy Roosevelt’s son fought in WWI as a pilot. He was killed in a dogfight and his plane crashed behind enemy lines. The Germans gave him a full military burial with honors. Reportedly, they admired that a president’s son chose to fight.