Paula Mahar

A child’s imagination is nourished by stories. For me, that love of stories as a child quickly combined with a love of history as fairy tales gave way to Nathan Hale, Elizabeth I, Constantine and so many other human landmarks of the past. Growing up in historically rich southwestern Pennsylvania inspired a passion for the tales of this country and the world beyond its borders, as I discovered that history’s cast of characters has never failed to mesmerize. The pursuit of a degree in journalism and employment as a library director merged my interests in writing and research, but always, the story remains paramount. As a writer, my goal is to fill the written word with images so that the reader is a participant in the page. If that connection takes place, then I feel that the writing has been successful.

General George Patton

Old Blood and Guts George Patton – PTSD Patton

Old Blood and Guts George Patton, the American general who was most feared by his German counterparts, was a magnet for controversy throughout his career. While his military skill and audacity were respected by his superiors, his technique for dealing with what would today be recognized as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder earned swift condemnation from …

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Sustainer of Armies: The United States Quartermaster Corps

Napoleon famously said that an army marches on its stomach, a quote which could easily serve as a bumper sticker for military quartermasters all over the world. No doubt his ill-fated trek into Russia caused France’s quartermasters no end of headaches, but that’s the fate of the military branch which oversees the logistical coordination of …

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Lincoln and Davis

Comparing the Civil War Commanders-in-Chief: Lincoln and Davis

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Northerners could hardly be blamed for feeling that their Southern brethren were more fortunate in their president’s prospects as commander-in-chief.  Jefferson Davis was a West Point graduate and although his career at the military academy was less than stellar—he was placed under house arrest for joining other …

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Wilhelm II, German Emperor, with the Crown Prince Adalbert, the Prince August Wilhelm of Prussia, the Prince Oscar and the Prince Joachim

The Royal Wrecks: World War I and the Original Game of Thrones

HBO didn’t need to adapt George R.R. Martin’s fictional series involving wars of succession, dangerous alliances, overbearing villains and doomed heroes in order to have a ratings hit. The cast, plot, and setting for the real Game of Thrones played out over a century ago and although we tend to forget about it now, The …

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