The illustration depicts warriors of Kanem-Bornu. It shows a chief on horse back and it appears he inspecting the troops. The force is armed with shields and long spears. The Kanem-Bornu empire at its height contained territory from Chad, Nigeria, Libya, Niger, and Cameroon. Having dedicated warriors made this expansion possible. The illustration comes from […]Read more "Kanem-Bornu Warriors Illustration From Travels and Discoveries (1857)"
After much suffering the Soviet Union was able to invade Germany. Russia had withstood devastating losses during World War II. The image above shows a Soviet soldier raising the flag of the U.S.S.R over the Reichstag the symbol of Nazi power. Berlin after years of war was in ruins. Looking closer in the photograph the […]Read more "Soviet Soldier Raising Flag Over The Reichstag (1945)"
When the American Civil War broke out, Native Americans were impacted. Prior to the national crisis, Indian Americans faced the reality of rapid white invasion and settlement in their lands. Forced removals and broken treaties put Indians in a vulnerable position. Indians were driven from Oklahoma ( Indian Territory) into Kansas by Confederate forces in […]Read more "Indian Home Guard Calvary Soldier (1860s)"
This is an Italian morion helmet from around 1580. This was type of soldier’s helmet normally produced in Spain. It became associated with Spanish explorers and conquistadors, but they were not the only ones to use this helmet . The kingdom of Castile used these types of helmets the most, yet other European states and […]Read more "Italian Morion Helmet (1580)"
Seh- Dong-Hong -Beh was a commander of the Mino warriors . The Mino warriors were an all female combat unit who fought for the Kingdom of Dahomey. Dahomey’s military might was able to fend off European invasion through out the 19th century. However, by 1894 they were no longer able to resist the French onslaught. […]Read more "Seh -Dong- Hong- Beh Image (1851)"
This rare photograph shows a Joseph Pierce a Chinese American who served in the Union Army. The Chinese have been a part of American history, but their stories have been often ignored or not given serious study. There were more Chinese Americans who served in the American Civil War, but the exact number is unclear. […]Read more "Joseph Pierce Chinese American Civil War Soldier (1860s)"
This illustration depicts proper combat techniques with the long handled flails. Paulus Hector Mair was a civil servant and a person interested in perfecting combat for war. Serving the city of Augsburg most of his life he got the idea to publish a manual that would be useful to soldiers learning how to use certain […]Read more "Demonstration With Long Handled Flails From Arte De Athletica (1542)"
For 30 years Eritrea waged a war of liberation against Ethiopian rule . This conflict was rooted in ethnic strife, complications from past Italian colonialism, and the complexities of the Cold War era. This photograph from Life Magazine shows an Eritrean woman soldier fighting for the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front. She is holding an Ak-47. It […]Read more "A Woman Soldier in The Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (1978)"
This poster depicts African American soldiers engaged in combat during World War I.These are the soldiers of the 369th Infantry Regiment. The purpose of the propaganda poster is to induce a level of patriotism and nationalism. The images used and articulation of words seem very powerful. The left section reads “colored men the first Americans […]Read more "The True Sons of Freedom Wartime Poster (1910s)"
Onna-bugeisha refers to a warrior nobility class of women who would fight along Samurai men in battle. This photograph which has been colorized and shows an onna-bugeisha in full battle armor. Japan was a warrior culture similar to that of Dahomey or Sparta. Such warrior based societies believed that everyone should be willing to fight […]Read more "Onna-bugeisha Portrait (1800s)"