Ben Powers

Ben Powers resides in TX with his wife KC and four children Arthur, Michaela, Emma and Jordan. He retired from the United States Army in 2016, after 24 years of service. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University and a Master of Arts in Military Studies, with a concentration in Strategic Leadership from American Military University. Ben is a life member of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, and is active in supporting American battlefield preservation efforts.

THE KAHR ARMS AUTO ORDNANCE 9MM 1911: by Nick Jacobellis

         For the record, Auto Ordnance is no stranger to the firearms industry.  My familiarity with Auto Ordnance goes back many years, when I adopted their .30 caliber Paratrooper Model M1 Carbine; a rifle that has been flawlessly reliable.  As many of you also know, the 9mm Kahr Arms P9 (Polymer) Pistol that I own …

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Being there . . . away from the battlefields, dead and dying, evil and destruction, in the warmth and safety of a living room armchair, dog at the feet, cat near the elbow, relishing one-of-a-kind military reading . . .

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THE M3 & M3A1 SUBMACHINE GUN AKA THE GREASE GUN BY: NICK JACOBELLIS

            If you have ever hear someone say, I can write my name with that “gun,” they are likely referring to the M3 or M3A1, also known as The Grease Gun. While this comment isn’t meant to be taken literally, it is meant to describe the noticeable slow rate of fire, that this fully automatic submachine produces when …

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Strike From the Air: The Early Years of the US Air Forces by Terry C. Treadwell

South Yorkshire, UK: Pen & Sword, 2020. Hardcover, illustrated, 320pp. Review by Peter L. Belmonte In this book, Terry C. Treadwell, an established British aviation author and journalist, desires to cover the history of “United States aviators and their aircraft in the First World War and in their little-known involvement in the Polish/Soviet War of …

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TWO MIRACLE FIGHTERS THAT RULED THE SKIES AND WON THE WAR in the Pacific, the CORSAIR, over England and Europe, the SPITFIRE

. . . and, in Great Britain, joining the Royal Air Force (RAF) to thwart the pending German invasion and defeat the Luftwaffe “blitz” with the Supermarine Spitfire. Both aircrafts have gone down in military aviation annals as cornerstones in achieving critical air superiority in World War II.

Being there . . . when Stalin’s Red Army swept from Warsaw to Berlin and Victory in the closing months of World War II . . . CRUSHING HITLER’S THIRD REICH VIA A PROFOUND 1,407 PAGE, THREE-VOLUME EPIC

                                       Reviewed and highly recommended by Don DeNevi. “From the Realm of A Dying Sun”, by renown military historian, Douglas E. Nash, Sr., and published by incomparable Casemate, is an ultimate Christmas gift for the serious war reader.      Bar none, and simply put, this strikingly excellent series of three combat dramas on the tactical …

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Kitchener: The Man Not the Myth by Anne Samson

A multi-dimensional view of one of Britain’s most distinguished officers Published by Helion & Company, LTD, available from Casemate Publishers The enduring image of Field Marshal Kitchener of Khartoum stares down through the decades since the First World War, index finger thrust towards the viewer enjoining him to action with the words “Your Country Needs …

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Hold at All Hazards: Bigelow’s Battery at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863 by David H. Jones

A novel of an artilleryman’s epic stand Published by Casemate Publishers American authors from Stephen Crane to Michael Shaara have examined the drama and danger of Civil War battlefields through fiction. Such writers set a high standard for combining history and literature. David H. Jones joins their ranks with Hold at All Hazards. The book …

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“Night Raiders of the Air” by A.R. Kingsford

Review by Peter L. Belmonte Night flying and aerial bombardment were both in their infancy during World War I. Contemporary airplanes lacked the navigation instruments that would have made those missions so much easier and safer. The men who conducted night bombing raids were, then, truly aviation pioneers. Thus this memoir of such a pilot …

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