Military History

16th-Century Manual Shows 'Rocket Cat' Weaponry

An illustration from a manual by 16th century artillery master Franz Helm. The manual on artillery and siege warfare depicts a cat and dove strapped with bombs to 'set fire to a castle or city’ (Matt Rourke / AP)

PHILADELPHIA - You're a 16th-century German prince plotting to crush a peasant rebellion, or perhaps you're leading an army against the Ottoman Empire or looking to settle the score with a rival nobleman. What's a guy looking for a tactical edge to do? Bring on the rocket cats! Fanciful illustrations from a circa-1530 manual on artillery and s... more

USS Monitor Work Goes Dark as Funds Dwindle

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- When the turret of the USS Monitor was hoisted from the ocean floor in 2002, the real heavy lifting was just beginning: conserving and restoring more than 200 tons of Civil War ironclad artifacts. The task went to The Mariners' Museum. Now, diminishing federal dollars have darkened a lab containing the revolving turret and ... more

Reverent Memorials to Mark JFK 50th Anniversary

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DALLAS -- Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, thousands will mark the day with a solemn ceremony in Dealey Plaza, through which the president's motorcade passed when shots rang out. Friday's event will feature brief remarks by the mayor, the tolling of church bells and readings from the presi... more

JFK 50th: Nation Pauses to Remember Lost President

Members of the Kennedy family, including former US Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith, fourth from left, hold hands as they pay their respects at the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

DALLAS - Fifty years after John F. Kennedy fell victim to an assassin's bullet while visiting Texas with his wife, people at home and abroad paused Friday to remember the 35th president of the United States. Collected here are memories of the slain president, details from the day of his death and live updates from the memorial service at Dealey ... more

Grenada: 30 Years After US Invasion, Wounds Remain

Some call it the intervention. Others refer to it as the invasion. Officially it's known as Thanksgiving Day -- the anniversary of the morning 6,000-plus U.S. soldiers landed on the sandy beaches of an almost forgotten speck in the eastern Caribbean to oust a Marxist regime that had executed the island's charismatic left-wing prime minister. B... more

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