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Tanks of ‘Fury’ #6: Tiger I

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The Germans used the Tiger I tank on the North African, Soviet and European fronts. Weighing a massive 120,000 lbs. and measuring 27 ft 9 in. long by 9 ft 10 in. tall, this heavy tank struck fear in its enemies. It was expensive to maintain and operate, leading to its replacement by the Tiger II in 1944. Its main armament was a 88mm gun backed up by two 7.92mm machine guns.

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Kid Sees Mom, Ignores Protocol

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Young Cooper Waldvogel has no use for military protocol. When his mom Kathryn Waldvogel returned with Minnesota National Guard’s Chisholm-based 114th Transportation Company from a nine-month tour of Afghanistan, Cooper ran across the auditorium at the Inver Heights Training Center and leapt into his mother’s arms even though soldiers had been ordered not to greet their families until they’d been dismissed.

TV station KARE was there and captured the moment. Check out the video below. +Continue Reading

Mark Wahlberg, Average Guy

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Transformers: Age of Extinction is out today as a Digital Download (Blu-ray and DVD will follow on September 30th). The latest in Michael Bay’s movie series is sort of a reboot, with Mark Wahlberg cast as new lead character Cade Yeager. In our exclusive bonus clip (below), the filmmakers talk about Wahlberg’s average-guy appeal and how his character provides a contrast to the wealthy corporate owners who aim to control the Transformer technology. +Continue Reading

Tanks of ‘Fury’ #5: M3 Grant/Lee

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The M3 Grant/Lee is the latest in our series of WWII tanks from Fury. Used by the Allies in the European, North African and Pacific theaters, the tank was 18 ft. 6 in. long and 10 ft, 3 in. tall and weighed in at 12 tons. There were two main armaments, a 75mm gun and  a 37mm gun, along with 4 .30 Browning machine guns. While the tank provided above-average protection to its crew, the M3 Grant/Lee did not perform well off-road and was replaced by the M4 Sherman. +Continue Reading

Tanks of ‘Fury’ #4: Panzer IV

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The Panzer IV is the latest in our  Tanks of Fury series. The Germans used the sturdy and reliable vehicle on the European, Soviet and North African fronts. Its main armament was a 75mm gun and it also came with two 7.92mm machine guns on board. The tank weighed over 50,000 pounds and measured 23 ft. long by 8 ft. 10 in. tall. By the end of the war, half of the tanks still in service were Panzer IVs.

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Settling Scores in ‘American War Generals’

Washington, DC, USA; September 8th, 2014: Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.), Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.), Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.)   National Geographic Channel held the world premiere for "American War Generals" September 8th, 2014 at the Mellon Auditorium in DC. General David Petraeus (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), and Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) attending the screening. “American War Generals” premieres Sunday, September 14 at 8PM ET/PT. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/Evelyn Hockstein)

Washington, DC, USA; September 8th, 2014:
Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.), Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.), Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.)
National Geographic Channel held the world premiere for “American War Generals” September 8th, 2014 at the Mellon Auditorium in DC. General David Petraeus (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), and Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) attending the screening. “American War Generals” premieres Sunday, September 14 at 8PM ET/PT.
(Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/Evelyn Hockstein)

By Richard Sisk

The memory banks of generals tend to be cluttered no-go areas where laundry lists of shoulda’, coulda’, woulda’ second guesses are piled on top of the “if onlys.”

As in, if only this or that President, or Defense Secretary, or rear echelon dimwit had listened to me, well then, sweet victory would have been mine.

There’s a lot of that going in National Geographic’s compelling, if Army-centric, two-hour documentary American War Generals, billed as “a first-of-its-kind look back at a half century of America’s military battles told by the men that led them.” +Continue Reading

Tanks of ‘Fury’ #3: M3 Stuart

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The next Allied tank in our Tanks of Fury series is the M3 Stuart, which holds the distinction of being the first World War II tanks run by Americans. The tank measures 14 ft. 2 in. long and 7 ft. 6 in. tall and weighed around 33K lbs. The main armament is a 37mm gun and the secondary armaments are 3 .30 Browning machine guns. +Continue Reading

Stream ‘To Remember’ For a Limited Time

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To Remember, a documentary film co-directed by Military​.com alum Glen Osten Anderson and co-produced by current reporter and editor Amy Bushatz, chronicles the personal journeys of men and women whose family members were killed in action in 2009. The complete film is streaming online until September 19th and Amy has written the following piece about her experiences making the film. Check out the film and Amy’s thoughts below. +Continue Reading

Free Falling With the Leap Frogs

The U.S. Navy Parachute Team (a/k/a the “Leap Frogs”) is made up of Navy SEAL frogmen on loan from their team or  NSW units. This video details their mission as one of the public faces of the United States Military.

Check out more great military videos at Military.com’s video channel.

Tanks of ‘Fury’ #1: M4 Sherman

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Fury, the World War II tank movie written and directed by David Ayer and starring Brad Pitt, arrives in theaters October 17. Set in the final days of the European conflict in April 1945, the film follows a Sherman tank and her crew on a mission behind enemy lines.

When we visited the set last fall, Ayer and his crew talked a lot about their efforts to get the details right. Over the next few weeks, we’ll post images of eight tanks that appear in the film, starting today with the M4 Sherman. +Continue Reading