December 17, 1996 |
Germany falls, Hitler kills himself, and the victorious Allied armies come upon patches of territory where no victory is conceivable. Some of the skeletons in striped uniforms are able to applaud, others stare listlessly, many more lie in heaps. Among these are the dead, who will soon vanish, and the barely living, who will carry death around with them for months or years or in some cases for the rest of their lives.
August 7, 2002 |
NIGER * Forces loyal to Niger's government overran one of two garrisons where mutinous soldiers were holding out, driving them to a single outpost amid the blistering dunes of the Sahara Desert, officials said. President Mamadou Tandja urged mutineers, who are demanding back pay and better conditions, to return to their units. But after two mutinies in a week, he vowed that ringleaders would be punished as a warning to others.
April 13, 2004 |
As would-be peacemakers tried Monday to avert a military showdown between U.S. Marines and insurgents cornered in this city, one group of soldiers left no doubt that it was prepared for a fight. "Fallouja, Fallouja, right now," chanted members of a battalion in the new Iraqi army who, along with Marines and U.S. Army Special Forces advisors, are living in a tumbledown house not far from where four Americans were killed and their bodies mutilated late last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1988 |
On May 30, 1944--in the midst of World War II--U.S. Army Pvt. Alex F. Miranda stood before an American firing squad in England and spoke his last words. "Pray for me," the 20-year-old soldier from Santa Ana beseeched a chaplain. "And may God have a place for you in heaven." Then Pvt. Miranda, who had fatally shot his sleeping sergeant almost three months earlier, was felled by a volley from 10 rifle-bearing soldiers.
September 30, 1990 |
West Germany is scrambling to prepare for an impending invasion from the East on a scale that North Atlantic Treaty Organization war games never dared to imagine. On Wednesday, the entire 90,000-strong East German Volksarmee will join forces with the West German Bundeswehr in a military merger of former foes.
February 8, 1986 |
Stepping down as Haiti's "president for life," Jean-Claude Duvalier handed power to a military-led government council Friday and fled to France, setting off scenes of rejoicing and later of looting in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Duvalier, 34, said he quit after nearly 15 years to end "a nightmare of blood" brought on by a wave of mass protests against his authoritarian rule.
September 4, 1994 |
One Saturday last spring, the same day that marked the kickoff of West Hollywood's annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebration, a small group of conservative Republican activists got together for an alfresco fund-raising brunch in a Hollywood Hills home. The setting seemed like heaven--ripe oranges and lemons on curving branches, mockingbirds burbling arias beneath an azure sky--and the dozen or so guests seemed perfectly cast for their roles as Grand Old Party stalwarts.
April 12, 1987 |
ACROSS THE PACIFIC OCEAN, a never-ending war of maneuver is under way. It is a three-dimensional struggle--under sea, on the water and in the air--that pits the U.S. Navy against a Soviet fleet three times its size. The prize is control over half the world's surface. The weapons are multimillion-dollar ships and planes, as well as a vast array of sophisticated electronics that could provide the winning advantage if a conflict between the superpowers ever erupts.