Were the Hessians mercenaries?

I didn't gain a real appreciation of the dynamics of the American Revolution until many years after my compulsory service in the American variant of the Prussian Education System. I've had a few epiphanies in my quest for independent thought over the years that might deviate from traditional, conservative American views.One is an appreciation for … Continue reading Were the Hessians mercenaries?

A victory for restoring/keeping military tradition

An interesting follow-up post on the Canadian move last year to restore the "Royal" designations to its military branches:Turning the military clock back to its proper time: Now that a full year has passed since the federal government boldly returned the main branches of the armed forces to their pre-1968 designations – the Royal Canadian … Continue reading A victory for restoring/keeping military tradition

The Distinguished Warfare Medal (formerly titled: New decoration for joystick jockeys)

I'm all for using technological advantage to win wars, but creating a decoration for drone pilots seems a little excessive: Drone pilots to get medals?: Pentagon officials have been briefed on the medal's “unique concept,” Charles V. Mugno, head of the Army Institute of Heraldry, told a recent meeting of the Commission of Fine Arts, … Continue reading The Distinguished Warfare Medal (formerly titled: New decoration for joystick jockeys)