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Long Rifle of the Air Age

The 60-Year History of the B-52 Stratofortress

When General Nathan Twining, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957, called the Boeing B-52 “the long rifle of the air age” shortly after it entered service on June 29, 1955, no one imagined that the eight-engine, 390,000-pound bomber would still be operational 60 years later.

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A Compendium of Wearable History

A Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches, Part One: The West

As it goes for just about anything “military”, issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world. Between enthusiasts looking for a rugged watch to go on adventures with, fashionable folks pulling off military-inspired looks, and history buffs bolstering their military regalia collection, the military watch market faces the perfect storm of demand. Couple that demand with a fixed number of issued timepieces, and you start to see the whole picture. The rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly, so we’ve broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. This week, the West — America, Britain, Germany, France, and the unlikely Brazil, Argentina and Peru — flexes its stuff.

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Behind the Iron Curtain (of the dining room)

Dinner With Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table

If you put a book about Churchill’s favorite sod selections in front of us, we’d read it. Dinner With Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table ($16) delves into two slightly more interesting aspects of the British Bulldog’s history: politics and social life. He was a notorious drinker, smoked cigars with an unnatural relish, and was one of the most sly, entertaining and clever politicians of the 20th century

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

1492 is a year that most Americans can immediately identify with. It was, of course, the year that North America was discovered by the beautifully misguided explorer Christopher Columbus. But what came after that? Sure, in the five hundred years-plus that have passed since the Italian landed on our shores, we’ve done alright setting things…

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Keep Calm and Churchill On

Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill

There are men, and then there are men. As one of most prominent statesmen of the 20th century, Winston Churchill easily defines the second category. Churchill is well known for his contributions to British (and world) history as the Prime Minister who willed the Limeys through WWII. His life and contributions have been accordingly documented…

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The ultimate cheat sheet on human experience

A Little History of the World

Having a firm grasp on history has always been a core pillar of a proper education. It provides context, insight and understanding on how things came to be, which is especially invaluable for those seeking to innovate. There are obviously innumerable texts on the subject, but for those looking for a casual refresher, it doesn’t…

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Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways

Say what you will about the current condition of America’s 46,876 miles of highways, but there’s still no denying their status as a marvel of modern engineering and planning. You may recall from middle school social studies (or more recent History Channel binges) that Eisenhower championed the federal highway project as a necessary undertaking for…

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Everybody Loves a Winner!

HISTORY Triple Play DVD Giveaway – Winner!

Thanks to all who entered our latest GP Giveaway via the comments and on Twitter. We’ve selected a winner, and the lucky gent is none other than Aaron K. Keep your eyes peeled for our next offer of free stuff. We like to give out the swag just as much as you like to receive…

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Our Gift of Knowledge to You

HISTORY Triple Play DVD Giveaway

If there are two things that the editors Gear Patrol never tire of, they are (1) watching the outstanding edutainment programming offered by HISTORY and (2) giving stuff away. That said, we’re combining those two great passions into one stupendous giveaway. One lucky reader is going to walk away from this posting with an eyeful…

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We have a winner! Actually, three of them.

Triple Play DVD Winner(s)!

Well men, another Gear Patrol Giveaway is in the books. Many thanks to our friends at HISTORY and A&E for providing the loot, and kudos to all who participated. The largest congratulations go to our three winners, of course. For their diligent efforts, Frank P. of North Hollywood, Jake O. in Denver, and Jeff S….

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Win One of Three DVD Collections

DVD Triple Play Giveaway

When the folks at HISTORY and A&E asked us to share with you some of their latest DVD releases, we were keen to oblige. In true Gear Patrol fashion, we figured that our readers would be best served if we took their request literally. It is in that spirit that we bring you just the…

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History’s Dangerous Missions Collection

Better than regular missions…these are dangerous ones. When it comes to creating edutaining programs, HISTORY does it best. In fact, it’s a safe bet that anytime you fix your eyes on a HISTORY documentary, you are likely to receive a marked boost in both your trivia skills and your testosterone. In that regard, the newly…