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The Memphis Belle: The Dramatic, Fictionalized 1990 Film The Memphis Belle: The Story of a Flying Fortress by Hollywood director William Wyler was a 1944 released documentary film which followed a B-17 Flying Fortress named the Memphis […]

Basic training instructions of WWII an Illustrated Guide: In WWII, giving basic training to soldiers was a massive and unparalleled undertaking. In 1939, the year Hitler’s Armies invaded Poland, the American military numbered 334,000 Army, Navy […]

The story of the Bloody 100th Bomb Group, by one who was there A Wing and a Prayer is the story of the 8th Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group. It was written by Harry Crosby, an […]

Operation Neptune: Images from the D-Day Invasion of Normandy: Operation Neptune was the codename for the Allied amphibious and airborne invasion of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.  It was the first phase of Operation Overlord, […]

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Varian Fry: Saving the Brains of Europe

Posted on April 17th, 2016 by:

Varian Fry: Saving the Brains of Europe By 1940, the Jews of Europe were running out of places to go. After Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, many German Jews fled to Austria to escape […]

Battle of the Eastern Solomons, View from a Japanese Dive Bomber During the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, Japanese Navy Observer, Keiichi Arima had a front row seat to the third carrier battle of the Pacific […]

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Walt Disney: Animation for the War Effort

Posted on April 16th, 2016 by:

Walt Disney: Animation for the War Effort In 1942, Walt Disney was approached by the government to produce animated educational training and propaganda films for civilians and servicemen of the Armed Forces. Disney was no stranger […]

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SS Concentration Camp Guard Escapes Trial

Posted on April 16th, 2016 by:

SS Concentration Camp Guard Escapes Trial: SS concentration camp guard Ernst Tremmel was 19 years old in 1942 when he was sent to work at Auschwitz. Tremmel’s task was to deal with the daily arrivals of […]

John Ford’s The Battle of Midway – A Film Made by Accident: Director John Ford was an accidental witness to one of America’s most important battles of WWII. A Commander in the Navy and later head […]

The Memphis Belle and William Wyler, the Story of the Story In 1943, Wilhelm Wyler returned to his native Germany flying at 25,000 feet in a B-17 Flying Fortress named the Memphis Belle. As a Major […]

The Battle of San Pietro: The John Huston Wartime Classic: The Battle of San Pietro Infine was fought from December 8 to December 17, 1943 as part of the Allied plan to breach the Bernhardt/Reinhard in […]

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Marine 155mm Gun Battalions in the Philippines

Posted on April 12th, 2016 by:

Marine 155mm Gun Battalions in the Philippines: The role played by two Marine 155mm Gun Battalions during the Liberation of the Philippines is a little known chapter in the colorful and hallowed story of the US […]

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Midway Dive Bomber Pilot Turns 100 Years Old

Posted on April 12th, 2016 by:

Midway Dive Bomber Pilot Turns 100 Years Old: Norman Jack “Dusty” Kleiss celebrated his 100th birthday this year amid friends and family and even received a special phone call from the President who thanked him for […]

Lutz Heck, Nazi Scientist Brought Extinct Animals Back to Life: The Dream The aurochs, a bull that stood taller than a man was the most feared animal in the primeval forests of Ancient Germania. It had long […]

Venereal Disease in WWII: The Sad Story of Old Joe In WWII, venereal disease was a common but often unmentioned problem faced by soldiers and military commanders. From 1942-1945, the Army recorded 881,386 cases of syphilis […]

A Paratrooper and his Wartime Love Reunite After 70 Years: On June 5th, 1944, Army paratrooper Norwood Thomas was at an airfield in England boarding a C-47 transport plane. His face was blackened and he wore […]

“Midnight in Broad Daylight” A Japanese American Family at War : “Midnight in Broad Daylight” by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto is a stunning new book that centers on the factual wartime experiences of Frank and Harry Fukuhara. […]

Torpedo Aimed at HMS Royal Oak Found in the Scapa Flow: Far from German airbases and protected by blockships and floating booms that deterred all but the most daring U-boat commanders, Scapa flow served as the […]

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M1 Garand Rifle, A Soldier’s Best Friend

Posted on April 9th, 2016 by:

M1 Garand Rifle, A Soldier’s Best Friend: In the years following WW1, the US Army became interested in equipping its soldiers with a self-loading rifle. In 1931, after years of competitive testing, a .276 caliber rifle […]

Veteran Posthumously given Purple Heart 72 Years later: On August 12, 1943 while fighting in The Battle of Sicily, Arkansas WWII veteran Walter Corley of Prattsville, received a severe concussion after a German shell exploded only […]


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