WWII History Articles

106th Infantry Division Private First Class, Kurt Vonnegut’s War: It was raining when Private First Class Kurt Vonnegut Jr. arrived at La Havre, France in December. 1944. The men around him joked about how sunny France […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Norbert Hecker, 28th Field Artillery “Gunshot on the way!” By Jonathan Abbott The war was almost over. Germany in March 1945 was cold and crisp, with a pale gray tint over the ruined countryside. It was […]

B-24 Liberator Pilot Bill Getz of the “Phantom Renegade” By Jonathan Abbott The first puffs of flak appeared at 20:00 hours, thirty minutes to target. The explosions were far away and sporadic. There were no enemy fighters, […]

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 […]

Mitsuyo Seo: Japan’s Wartime Animator: By Jonathan Abbott The beginning of 1945 was inauspicious for Japan. The first four months of the New Year saw the Empire lose Rangoon and Mandalay in Burma, Iwo Jima, and much of […]

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 […]

Greetings from the Mighty 8th Air Force: Written by Jonathan Abbott On Monday, August 17th 1942, twelve American bombers took off for Rouen, France. They were the main force of eighteen bombers sent under Royal Air […]

The 90th Infantry Division in Normandy at St. Germain-sur-Seves In July 1944, the 90th Infantry Division, after a month of fighting in Normandy had lost a commanding general, seven regimental commanders and suffered over a 100% […]

Smoky the Yorkshire Terrier, an Angel from a Foxhole: In February 1944, on Nadzab, New Guinea, an American soldier of the 5th Air Force’s 26th Photo Recon Squadron stopped on a primitive road when his jeep […]

Fact vs. Fiction: Albert Blithe and Band of Brothers: Albert Blithe was an original member of the 101st Airborne Division’s Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the Company made famous by the book and miniseries, Band […]

B-17 Hero in the Philippines, Hewitt T. Wheless: When Hewitt T. Wheless was a kid in Menard, Texas his classmates nicknamed him ‘Nun’ because “There was scarcely none of him at all”. As he grew up, […]

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Robert Bush, 18 Year Old Hero on Okinawa

Posted on April 4th, 2016 by:

Robert Bush, 18 Year Old Hero on Okinawa Robert Eugene Bush was a logger’s son from Washington State. After his parents divorce, he lived with his mother in the basement rooms of the hospital where she […]

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The Ahn Family, Children of a Leader

Posted on April 3rd, 2016 by:

The Ahn Family, Children of a Leader: In 1902, seeking a better education for himself, Ahn Chang-ho arrived in San Francisco with his wife, Helen (Hye Ryon Lee). Soon after his arrival, Ahn emerged as a […]

Okinawan boys of the Tekketsu Kinnotai, Japan’s last ditch weapon In the waning days of the WWII, as Japan found itself losing its conquered empire, a group of school boys reported for duty on Okinawa. The […]

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Okinawa-The Last Great Battle of WWII

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by:

Okinawa-The Last Great Battle of WWII: Seventy one years ago today, 86,000 Japanese military personnel and 39,000 civilian conscripts waited on the Island of Okinawa for the American invasion they knew would come. They did not […]

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Albert Göring, the Nazi’s Brother

Posted on March 28th, 2016 by:

Albert Göring, the Nazi’s Brother: When Germany lost WWII and those related to famous Nazi’s were being arrested and questioned, Albert Göring, the younger brother of Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, was sent before the Nuremberg tribunal. Albert […]

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