Weird War: Curious Military Trivia

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In this thought-provoking and highly entertaining book, noted historian Alan Axelrod (The Real History of World War II) takes readers on a journey through some of the lesser-known aspects of military history. In chapters such as Personality Parade ("Facts about commanders—the good, the bad, and the lucky") and Weapons, Widgets, and Weirdness, Axelrod explores over a hundred fascinating, startling, or just plain odd items of military trivia. Readers will discover everything from the real reason...

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Overview

In this thought-provoking and highly entertaining book, noted historian Alan Axelrod (The Real History of World War II) takes readers on a journey through some of the lesser-known aspects of military history. In chapters such as Personality Parade ("Facts about commanders—the good, the bad, and the lucky") and Weapons, Widgets, and Weirdness, Axelrod explores over a hundred fascinating, startling, or just plain odd items of military trivia. Readers will discover everything from the real reason why American paratroopers bellowed "Geronimo!" when jumping out of their transport planes, to what caused some of the more unlucky casualties of the London Blitz (killed not by German bombs but cars with blacked-out headlights), to what was the shortest war in history (1896's Anglo-Zanzibar War, which lasted exactly 38 minutes). It is indeed, a most curious military history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435144231
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Axelrod is the prolific author of over 60 popular business and history books, including Sterling's CEO, Profiles in, the Real History, and Risk series. He has been a creative consultant and on-camera personality for documentary series on A&E and Discovery Channel, among others, and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox, and numerous radio programs, including NPR. He has been featured in  BusinessWeekFortuneMen's HealthCosmopolitan, and USA Today. Axelrod lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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