Category Archive: Military History
The Chronicles of Al-Andalus (Chapter I)
What would the world be like if the Muslims overran Europe in the 8th century? This is an alternate history of Al-Andalus and how the Reconquista never occured.
Saving Private Claudio: A Forgotten Hero
We honor heroes for their exploits and selfless service because their heroic sacrifices made our lives better. Our war veterans are now old and sickly while some have died and others forgotten despite their huge contribution for the survival of our country.
Historical Controversies Series: Operation Merdeka
The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands but some Filipinos don’t know that the Malaysian state of Sabah was “part of the country.” Before the Philippines gained its independence from the United States in 1946, the state of Sabah was disputed between both countries.
Historical Controversies Series: Surviving the Dutch Death Trap
I used to think that the Dutch were fair, fun-loving and liberally-minded people but I never realized that they were depicted as “ruthless and gruesome bands of scallawags” by the Spanish during their first 150 years in the Philippines. The legend of the fearsome and dreaded Dutchmen were retold to children who misbehaved. During the late 16th and early 17th century, the Spanish colony was still struggling to survive because of revolts and some foreign threats like that of Limahong and Coxinga. In the international scene, Spain may have ruled the seas but deep inside she has a troubled foreign policies especially on its treatment of her subjects in the Low Countries.
“Las Aguilas Aztecas”
It was 1942 and the world seemed to be in a conflagration of war never before seen by mankind. The scope, cost and casualties are gargantuan as the world is engulfed by the conflict. Nazi Germany looks like on the edge of winning its war of annihilation against the Soviet Union. Japan has controlled most of the Pacific islands and is now going down under against Australia and pushing West towards India. Great Britain is teetering towards capitulation as it tries to survive the German stranglehold of the Atlantic by the vicious U-boat wolf packs. The United States is gearing towards full war economy as the devastating attack at Pearl Harbor forced the once-neutral country to total war.