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The Roman Army: The Force That Built an Empire

Rome was almost a city built around an army. In the legend of the city’s founding father Romulus, one of his first acts is the creation of regiments called legions.Romans weren’t any braver than their foes, and while their equipment was good, much of it was adapted from their enemies. If their military had one decisive edge it was its discipline, built on a rigid structure that meant every man knew his place and his duty, even in the chaos of hand-to-hand fighting.
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General Belgrano

The General Belgrano, an Argentine cruiser, was sunk during the Falklands War on May 2 nd 1982. The Belgrano was sunk by the hunter-killer submarine HMS Conqueror with considerable loss of life. The Belgrano was launched in 1938 as an American light cruiser - then named the USS Phoenix. The Phoenix was based at Pearl Harbour when the naval base was attacked by the Japanese in December 1941, thus bringing America into World War Two.
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Whipple, William - History

William Whipple was born in 1730 in the town of Kittery in what is presently the state of Maine. He attended local primary schools as a boy and later went to sea. He was a shipmaster by the time he was in his twenties, probably involved with the slave trade. He left his life at sea in 1760 though, and moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he opened his own mercantile firm.
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