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 Pattern, The 33rd Regiment and the British Infantry Experience During the American Revolution, 1770-1783 by Robbie MacNiven

     The Pattern, part of the From Reason to Revolution series from Helion & Co, is a unique blend of traditional military history and modern social history focused on a microcosm of the British Army in the American Revolution. Author Robbie MacNiven focuses on the recruiting, training and equipping of the 33rd Regiment, diving deeply …

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.22 LONG RIFLE BERETTA PISTOLS FOR CLOSE QUARTERS BATTLE? DON’T LAUGH.

BY: NICK JACOBELLIS If you doubt the effectiveness of a flawlessly reliable .22 LR caliber pistol, consider that Israeli Sky Marshals used .22 LR caliber Beretta Model 70S/71 pistols to engage armed hijackers/terrorists, during the early days of their air marshal program. If armed Israeli government personnel were able to successfully engage several armed terrorists, …

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THE 9MM MOSSBERG MC2 COMPACT PISTOL & THE MOSSBERG MC2SC SUB COMPACT

BY: NICK JACOBELLIS It is a very well-known fact, that Mossberg manufactures outstanding military/police and sporting shotguns, as well as a line of rifles that are worth owning. When I first heard that Mossberg was producing 9mm pistols, I was curious if these semi auto handguns were just as well made and reliable as the other firearms that …

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The Archaeology of the Royal Flying Corps: Trench Art, Souvenirs, and Lucky Mascots by Melanie Winterton

     The Archaeology of the Royal Flying Corps, part of the Modern Conflict Archaeology series edited by Nicholas J. Saunders, is an absorbing discussion of the material culture of WW1 aviation, viewed through the lens of “the things they carried”, to borrow a phrase from author Tim O’Brien. Author Melanie Winterton’s goes beyond the notion …

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Gavin At War: The World War II Diary of Lieutenant General James M. Gavin, edited and annotated by Lewis Sorley

General Gavin is a legend among American paratroopers, leading the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and later the 82ndAirborne Division in four combat jumps in the European Theater during World War II. Lewis Sorley provides an unprecedented look at Gavin’s innermost thoughts as he fought his way from Sicily, through Italy, France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany …

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Lieutenant General James Longstreet: Innovative Strategist by F. Gregory Toretta and James Longstreet and the American Civil War by Harold M. Knudsen

Published by Casemate Publishers and Savas Beatie This weekend is the 159th anniversary of The Battle of Gettysburg and thus it seems like an excellent time to review two new biographies of one of the most famous commanders who fought on that field, Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet. Longstreet commanded the First Corps of the …

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