On 20 December 1943, an American B-17 Flying Fortress, piloted by 2nd Lieutenant Charles “Charlie” Brown, was returning from a successful bomb run on Bremen. On its way home, it suffered a direct hit from a German anti-aircraft gun, which shattered the plexiglass nose and damaged two of the aircraft’s four engines. A little later, it was attacked by eight German fighter planes, which completely destroyed the planes hydraulic, oxygen and electrical systems. The tail gunner was killed in the attack, and three other crew members were severely wounded.

On the ground, the B-17 had been spotted while flying over…

Jodhpur Lancers marching into the city of Haifa.

In one of the last cavalry charges in modern military history, Indian cavalrymen from the Jodhpur, Mysore and Hyderabad Lancers displayed exemplary courage and secured a resounding victory over the Ottomans in Haifa, on September 23, 1918. This was not only significant for the war effort, but also turned the tide against the Ottoman Empire, which was dissolved barely four years later.

In the town of Haifa in Palestine, Abdu’l-Baha, the son of Baha'ullah, the founder of the Baha’i faith, had been sentenced to death by a local pasha, on charges of sedition. When this information was given to Lord…

Adolf Hitler holding the Blutfahne at the fourth Party Congress in Nuremberg, 1929. Credits: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of William O. McWorkman

O n the evening of 8 November 1923, inspired by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Benito Mussolini’s March on Rome, a politician named Adolf Hitler, along with a large number of paramilitary troops of the Sturmabteilung, a militant outfit of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or the Nazi Party, surrounded a beer hall in Munich. Inside the hall, State Commissioner Gustav Ritter von Kahr was making a speech in front of an audience of more than 3,000 people. Adolf Hitler, once inside, fired a shot in the air, stood up on a chair, and announced:

The national revolution has broken out! The…

Lieutenant-General Sir Pratap Singh, Maharaja of the Idar princely state, was one of the one million Indian troops who fought for the British in the First World War. He had an illustrious career not only in the military, but also as an administrator. In 1897, he was awarded the title of Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India.

Sir Pratap Singh was born on 22 October 1845, and was the third son of the ruler of Jodhpur, Maharaja Takht Singh. Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur oversaw his training in administration. In 1878, he was commissioned in…

The 4-S110T firearm, along with the removable cigarette ends and leather case.

In 1954, Nikolai Khokhlov, a KGB officer, defected to the United States, and testified about the activities of the main security agency of Soviet Russia. He also presented a variety of KGB gadgets to the Americans, which included the sophisticated 4-S110T.

This firearm, made by Igor Yakovlevich Stechkin, was issued to KGB agents during the 1950s. It resembled a cigarette case covered in brown leather, which were common at the time. However, inside the case, under the 19 cigarette ends, was a deadly firing mechanism that was extremely discreet, and produced a sound no louder than the snap of the…

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