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The Vile Story of the Nazis’ ‘Dirlewanger Brigade’

Armies have long used prisoners as soldiers. Imperial France deployed the Bat’ d’Af’ in the harshest of its colonies. During the American Civil War, captured Confederate soldiers sometimes recanted the rebellion, swore allegiance to the Union and became Galvanized Yankees. The former rebel prisoners fought and bled for the country...

The U.S. Army Wanted to Launch T.V. Cameras From Howitzers

American troops suspect enemies are nearby, so they lob an artillery shell. As the round careens toward its target, a T.V. camera with a parachute ejects from the casing and, tada! You now have a floating spy camera. This was the scenario U.S. Army engineers envisioned when they began work on the...

I Went on a Ride-along with Thailand’s Toughest Cops

I was in southern Thailand on a trip to research the government’s low-boil war with Islamist insurgents — and I had a very hard time getting the Royal Thai Police to talk to me. Though the Royal Thai Army has earned the least notoriety and most prestige, the RTP has found...

The Pentagon Sends Predators to Latvia

Predator drones will soon be in the skies over Latvia. Airmen from the Texas Air National Guard will fly patrols and train with NATO allies as part of the Pentagon’s European Reassurance Initiative, or ERI. With Russia continuing to covertly support rebels in eastern Ukraine, several NATO members are concerned Moscow...

Thailand’s Counter-Insurgents Are Not Winning Hearts and Minds

The Royal Thai Army and the Royal Thai Police have for decades fought rebels in one of Asia’s lesser-known sectarian conflicts. Malay Muslim separatists in southern Thailand, inspired by centuries-old sultanates in the Islamic historical region of Pattani, renewed their insurgency against the Thai government in 2004. Since then, the RTA,...

Taiwan’s Ancient Submarines Have No Business Being Anywhere Near a Real War

As China expands its undersea arsenal, Taiwan is debating how to replace its own tiny fleet of antiquated submarines — two of which date all the way back to World War II. Without a doubt, Taiwan needs new submarines. The problem is that no one wants to sell the country any new ones, so...

The American West Is Burning

America’s western states are suffering from one of the worst wildfire seasons in history. The military has mobilized to aid firefighters battling the blaze. We wanted to see it for ourselves. War Is Boring’s Kevin Knodell recently linked up with troops from the Washington state Army National Guard near the...

Who Killed Central Africa’s Most Notorious Spy?

The assassins, dressed in camouflage and riding in a military vehicle, closed in on their target. Lt. Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana, Burundi’s top spy and one of the most feared men in Central and East Africa, knew he had a lot of enemies. On the day of his murder, Adolphe —...

France Has Cool World War II Forts

Ouvrage La Ferté is like a hobbit hole with machine guns. The subterranean fort’s galleries and tunnels sprawl out beneath a prominent hill on the French-German border near the town of Villy. Surviving armored mushroom turrets still poke out of the hill and offer a commanding view of the countryside. Ouvrage La...

From a Hospital Bed, an Indian Soldier Damned His Defective Rifle

Originally published on April 15, 2015. On April 13, 2015, a dozen Indian soldiers and police in an armored vehicle patrolled near their camp in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh. It was a small part of a little-known war with Maoist rebels in the state. The rebels waited in ambush, and blew up...

The Trucial Oman Scouts Was the British Army’s Last Desert Romance

For most people, the United Arab Emirates conjures up images of lavish, oil-funded lifestyles, luxury cars and oddly shaped skyscrapers. But fewer than 50 years ago, the country — then known as the Trucial States — was a harsh, undeveloped desert outpost of the British Empire, with few roads, no...

Meet the NSA’s Creepy Cartoon Mascots

Originally published on April 21, 2015. The camera fades in to a green field. A butterfly flutters over a beautiful sky. It would be an idyllic scene if not for the giant blue CGI recycling bin with arms and legs, a Joker’s grin and eyes that seem to speak of...

This U.S. Navy Warship Shot Down MiGs and Pranked the Soviets

Originally published on April 13, 2015. During the Cold War, many lesser-known confrontations occurred at sea — away from the headlines and major crises. This was certainly true for the crew of the U.S. Navy’s Belknap-class guided-missile cruiser USS Biddle. The warship sailed into the thick of the Vietnam War...

U.S. Military Setting Up Shop in Niger

The Pentagon is looking to open up a new gas station for its planes in southern Niger. As terrorists and militant groups have cropped up across North and West Africa, Washington has turned to Niger as an important hub for military activates in the region. On Aug. 13, 2015, the...

This Army Medic Pulled a Moth Out of a Firefighter’s Head

“The other night, we pulled a moth out of some guy’s ear, that was pretty exciting,” Sgt. Annie Parrish says. Parrish is a medic with the Washington Army National Guard. She’s one of more than a thousand soldiers supporting the fight against wildfires that are scorching wilderness and rural communities in the...

China Steals Military Artwork, Too

China has a bad habit of stealing foreign military designs. Beijing’s J-11 fighter jet is a copy of Russia’s Su-27 and its new J-18 jump jet might be a rip-off of the American F-35B. Now it seems one Chinese company even stole military artwork. Recently, an artist named Wayne Scarpaci...

El Ejército de Tierra estadounidense quiere derribar drones con una ametralladora eléctrica gigante

Hace tan sólo unos años EE.UU. tenía casi el monopolio en cuanto a drones. Ya no más. A medida que los diminutos vehículos aéreos no tripulados se extienden por los campos de batalla de todo el mundo, el Ejército de Tierra estadounidense está estudiando la manera de derribarlos con una...

South Sudan’s Civil War Killed All of the Country’s Rhinos

In 2011, South Sudan — then the world’s newest country — had as many as a thousand rhinos. Four years later there are none. The civil war that broke out in late 2013 gave poachers an opportunity to hunt down every single one of the gentle horned creatures. Rhino horn...

Even More Iraqi and Syrian Civilians May Have Died in U.S. Air Strikes

The United States has carried out thousands of air strikes in Iraq and Syria, and doesn’t know how many civilians have died in them. But now we’ve learned that the U.S. military’s top headquarters for the region is still investigating nearly two dozen incidents. Earlier in August, War Is Boring obtained an official spreadsheet...

Step by Step, Here’s How to Defeat China in a War

The air campaign in Desert Storm was a watershed for air power. It demonstrated the effectiveness of precision munitions, marked a high water point for electronic warfare and introduced radar stealth in a decisive manner. It also established a template for the application of air power that has taken root...

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