Today in AFJ History

1899: Britain’s new battleship

HMS Vengeance: "Underway in harbor, prior to the adoption of the overall gray warship color scheme by the Royal Navy in about 1904." (U.S. Naval Historical Center)

HMS Vengeance: “Underway in harbor, prior to the adoption of the overall gray warship color scheme by the Royal Navy in about 1904.” (U.S. Naval Historical Center)

From the archive: September 2, …

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1950: A dollar a day to feed a soldier

SFC Arnold S. Scales of Richmond, Va., serves steak at the 43rd Transportation Truck Company, 8th U.S. Army, near Uijongbu, Korea, on 18 June 1951. (Photo: Army Quartermaster Museum)

SFC Arnold S. Scales of Richmond, Va., serves steak at the 43rd Transportation Truck Company, 8th U.S. Army, near Uijongbu, Korea, on 18 June 1951. (Photo: Army Quartermaster Museum)

From the archive: …

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1899: Too dangerous for war

1899: Too dangerous for war

From the archive: September 2, 1899

Editor’s note: In May 1899, delegates to the Hague Convention voted 22-2 to ban soft-point expanding bullets from military use. This prohibition on Dum-Dums, named for …

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1982: Slugging it out in print

1982: Slugging it out in print

A UH-1 Huey makes a delivery in Vietnam. (Army)

From the archives: August 1982

(Editor’s note: In mid-1982, AFJ hosted a running debate about the combat effectiveness of past and future helicopters …

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1864: Damn the torpedoes

Rear Adm. David G. Farragut (right), commander of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, stands with Capt. Percival Drayton at the wheel of the squadron flagship, the USS Hartford, in Mobile Bay, Alabama, 1864. (Naval Historical Center)

Rear Adm. David G. Farragut (right), commander of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, stands with Capt. Percival Drayton at the wheel of the squadron flagship, the USS Hartford, in Mobile Bay, Alabama, …

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1981: How much will a Humvee cost?

1981: How much will a Humvee cost?

Humvees cross a floating bridge in South Korea in 1988, three years after the Army began fielding the vehicle. (Army)

From the archive: August 1981

Interview: Lt. Gen. Donald R. Keith

Army

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1934: Pulling out of Haiti

Marines pose with a shark they caught while deployed to Haiti in 1925. It would be another nine years before the Corps would depart the Caribbean country. (Marine Corps)

Marines pose with a shark they caught while deployed to Haiti in 1925. It would be another nine years before the Corps would depart the Caribbean country. (Marine Corps)

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1982: DoD trims publishing empire

1982: DoD trims publishing empire

SecDef Caspar Weinberger takes time for a briefing on helicopter operations. He had less patience for the vast number of military periodicals. (Defense Department)

From the archive: August 1982

DOD kills 205

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1930: Belt-tightening, Depression style

The battleship USS Florida in 1930. She was decommissioned and scrapped the following year. (Navy)

The battleship USS Florida in 1930. She was decommissioned and scrapped the following year. (Navy)

From the archives: August 16, 1930

[Editor's note: This dispatch from a year when the U.S. was …

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1908: The future is elephants

An elephant moves equipment at a munitions plant in Sheffield, England, during World War I.

An elephant moves equipment at a munitions plant in Sheffield, England, during World War I.

From the archive: August 15, 1908

Whether the time will ever come when the elephant can be …

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