USS Constitution vs. HMS Guerriere 19 August 1812 This painting by Anton Otto Fischer depicts the first victory at sea by the fledgeling US Navy over the mighty Royal Navy.
‘…British and French vessels harassed American merchant shipping, kidnapping American sailors and forcing them to serve in their own navies, a practice known as impressment…’
Source: October 21, 1797 USS Constitution – Today in History
Throughout the period, the “secret sauce” of Ottoman power was an army of élite infantry called “Janissaries”. Janissaries were Christian slaves, usually taken as spoils of…
Source: August 10, 1920, Ottoman Empire – Today in History
In the early summer of 1914, Europe had no idea what was coming its way. Are we in a similar daze today?
Source: Quietly awaiting Armageddon: “quiver theory” and the summer of 1914. – SeanMunger.com
So it was that a vacation cruise to freedom became the “voyage of the damned”. MS St. Louis returned to Europe
Source: June 4, 1939 Vacation Cruise to Freedom – Today in History