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Red Ball Express: Lifeline to Victory

Posted on April 25th, 2016 by:

Red Ball Express: Lifeline to Victory: The Red Ball Express was the name given to a fleet of nearly 6,000 trucks that hauled desperately needed supplies to American Armies in Western Europe from August 25 – […]

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Walter Gerhard Martin Sommer, the Face of Evil

Posted on April 25th, 2016 by:

Walter Gerhard Martin Sommer, the Face of Evil Of all the brutal and inhumane guards who served at Buchenwald, one of the most cruel and evil was a man named Walter Gerhard Martin Sommer. Gerhard Martin […]

PT Boat Restoration at the National WWII Museum: In New Orleans, Louisiana, a WWII US Navy PT boat is under restoration at the National WWII Museum. The museum’s PT boat, designated by the Navy as PT-305, saw […]

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American Tank Battalions in Defense of Bataan

Posted on April 24th, 2016 by:

American Tank Battalions in Defense of Bataan: The Beginning The men of the 192nd and 194th Tank Battalions were the first American tankers to see action in WWII. Both Tank Battalions were composed of National Guard […]

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Kerama Islands: Site of Japanese Mass Suicides

Posted on April 23rd, 2016 by:

Kerama Islands: Site of Japanese Mass Suicide: On March 26th 1945, the US Army invaded the Kerama Islands, the outlying islands off Okinawa. A few days after the Americans invaded, hundreds of civilians on the island […]

Yasukuni War Museum, at Japan’s Yasukuni Shrine: The Yasukuni Shrine, built after the Boshin War during the Meiji Era, honors Japanese war dead from all its wars including recognized war criminals. Less talked about than the […]

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B5N Kate Torpedo Plane under Restoration

Posted on April 21st, 2016 by:

B5N Kate Torpedo Plane under Restoration A rare Nakajima B5N torpedo plane is currently undergoing restoration at Pearl Harbor’s Pacific Aviation Museum. The B5N was Japan’s premier torpedo plane at the beginning of WWII. Codenamed “Kate” […]

Witness to the fall of Corregidor: Pack of a 4th Marine By Jonathan Abbott On May 6th, 1942 the death march on Bataan had happened almost a month before. Now the island of Corregidor fell to […]

Bill Genaust: Marine Cameraman Filmed Flag Raising on Iwo Jima Bill Genaust enlisted in the US Marine Corps on February 11, 1943 with plans to become a combat cameraman. By June 1944, Genaust was filming Marines […]

Jasenovac Memorial held in Serbia Among Controversy On April 15, 2016, at the Jasenovac concentration camp, a prayer for the dead and a ceremony of placing stones at the foot of the “Flower” Monument was held […]

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 […]


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