Why the Korean War should be named the useless Chinese-American War

In history, names of wars and eras can be downright confusing. Or in this case misleading. The Korean War which was fought during the “Cold War” is a main example. There was nothing “cold” about 2 million lives lost in a 3 year period between 1950 and 1953. This was a hot war in the cold war era. And although …

133 days lost at sea

Poon Lim was a man of Chinese decent who served aboard a British merchant ship in 1942. The Second World War was in full swing  and his boat was attacked by German submarines. Poon Lim -not knowing how to swim- somehow got hold of a life jacket and a life raft. The raft had some basic supplies and water, but …

The Worlds most comfy prison

Columbian drug lord and multibillionaire Pablo Escobar (1949-1993)  once agreed to become a prisoner in his own prison. It was called “La Catedral”. It was built more than a fortress to keep people out, than to keep Escobar in. Amongst the luxuries within the prison complex were a jacuzzi, a private library, a bar and a soccer field. The guards …

Skipping ranks: WW1 legend John Pershing

John Jack Pershing

John Jack Pershing (1860-1948) was the leading American general of the First World War (1914-1918). Unbeknownst to many, he had a huge break in 1906. He was directly promoted from Captain to Brigadier General by President Theodore Roosevelt. Fun fact: They were friends… Pershing not only skipped 3 ranks but also more than 800 other senior officers, who hoped for …