Season 2: This Week in Military History

In This Week in Military History, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library explains military events and their significance.

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History U.S. Establishes Military Draft - 1792

This Week in Military History

U.S. Establishes Military Draft - 1792

the establishment of the military draft in the United States in 1792.

U.S. Establishes Military Draft - 1792

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History Battle of Chancellorsville - May 6, 1863

This Week in Military History

Battle of Chancellorsville - May 6, 1863

We explore the Battle of Chancellorsville in the American Civil War.

Battle of Chancellorsville - May 6, 1863

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History Death of Benito Mussolini

This Week in Military History

Death of Benito Mussolini

The death of Benito Mussolini, the fascist leader of Italy during World War II.

Death of Benito Mussolini

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History Bay of Pigs Fiasco

This Week in Military History

Bay of Pigs Fiasco

The April 17, 1961 invasion of the southern coast of Cuba by U.S. supported Cuban exiles.

Bay of Pigs Fiasco

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History The Bataan Death March

This Week in Military History

The Bataan Death March

Thousands of U.S. POWs took Bataan Death March after the Battle of Bataan in World War II.

The Bataan Death March

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History Surrender of the Confederate Army

This Week in Military History

Surrender of the Confederate Army

The surrender of the Confederate capital of Richmond, VA to Union forces on April 3, 1865.

Surrender of the Confederate Army

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History End of Spanish Civil War

This Week in Military History

End of Spanish Civil War

Remembering the end of the Spanish Civil War.

End of Spanish Civil War

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History Operation Michael

This Week in Military History

Operation Michael

Instrumental battle of the German Spring Offensive on Western Front during World War I.

Operation Michael

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History German Plot to Kill Hitler

This Week in Military History

German Plot to Kill Hitler

The plot to kill the Fuhrer of Germany, Adolf Hitler.

German Plot to Kill Hitler

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History The Boston Massacre

This Week in Military History

The Boston Massacre

The tensions over taxes leading to the Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770.

The Boston Massacre

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History Battle of the Sacramento River

This Week in Military History

Battle of the Sacramento River

Americans took on Mexican army to occupy Chihuahua during the Mexican-American War.

Battle of the Sacramento River

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History Battle of Eniwetok (1944)

This Week in Military History

Battle of Eniwetok (1944)

Part of the United States’ island-hopping strategy during World War II.

Battle of Eniwetok (1944)

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History Battle of Fort Donelson (1862)

This Week in Military History

Battle of Fort Donelson (1862)

Effort to cut Confederate supply lines and stop river traffic.

Battle of Fort Donelson (1862)

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History Battle of Eylau (1807)

This Week in Military History

Battle of Eylau (1807)

The first battle during the War of the Fourth Coalition where Napoleon was defeated.

Battle of Eylau (1807)

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History Bloody Sunday

This Week in Military History

Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday, one of the darkest days of the 30 years of Northern Ireland’s the Troubles.

Bloody Sunday

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History End of the Vietnam War

This Week in Military History

End of the Vietnam War

The end of the Vietnam War, signing of an accord by Pres. Richard Nixon, January 27, 1973.

End of the Vietnam War

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History Operation Desert Storm Begins

This Week in Military History

Operation Desert Storm Begins

Operation Desert Storm, The Coalition campaign to remove Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.

Operation Desert Storm Begins

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon

This Week in Military History

Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon

Julius Caesar’s famous literal crossing of the Rubicon.

Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon

Video thumbnail: This Week in Military History Benedict Arnold Captures Richmond, Virginia

This Week in Military History

Benedict Arnold Captures Richmond, Virginia

Benedict Arnold’s capture of Richmond, Virginia on January 5th, 1781.

Benedict Arnold Captures Richmond, Virginia