In 2004, a United States Air Force F-16 jet fighter accidentally shot at an intermediate school in New Jersey. Fortunately, no-one was harmed.
Between 1941 and 1943 Germany broadcast propaganda jazz music with altered lyrics into Britain.
The Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896 lasted around forty-five minutes, making it the shortest war in history.
The sci-fi author and pacifist H. G. Wells invented one of the first miniature war games.
The kilt was banned in 1746, forcing the Scots to wear “the unmanly dress of the Lowlander.”
Zeppelins, U-boats, the Titanic, Dunkirk, the Klondike Gold Rush, the Great Smog, castaways, cowboys, and hobos all had one thing in common: Charles Lightoller.
The 1960 Oakeshott typology is a military historian’s attempt to classify the full range of European medieval swords.
In nuclear physics terminology, first you need to hit the barn, and next you need to wait for 50 to 100 shakes. And then the bomb blows up.
What do you do when a plane cannot land because of heavy fog? In WWII Britain, you set the runway on fire.
The Red Hand is the symbol of the province of Ulster, but its origins are lost in time. Possible sources include three different clans, pagans, fairies, and a soldier who chopped off his own hand.
The last person to be executed for treason against the United Kingdom was not actually British.
What’s the fastest object ever made by humans? In 1957 a 900kg steel plate may have been launched into space by a nuclear explosion, but it has since been eclipsed by far faster things.
In 1953 No Kum-Sok defected from North Korea. He brought a MiG-15 Soviet jet fighter with him.
Honey takes on the chemical properties of nectar gathered by bees. This fact turns out to be quite useful if you’re fighting the ancient Romans.
When the British colonise your country and exile your king, what do you do? If you’re a queen mother of the Ashanti Empire, you start a war.