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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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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% […]

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Kiska, Remains of a Battle that Never was

Posted on April 7th, 2016 by:

Kiska, Remains of a Battle that Never was On June 7, 1942, 500 Japanese soldiers landed on the island Kiska, part of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Opposing the Japanese landing force were ten American soldiers, a few […]

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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 […]

Westinghouse “Jungle” Camouflage Liner for the M1 Helmet The M-1 helmet featured a removable liner that among other uses could be worn as a sun helmet separate from the heavy steel helmet. Since the war with […]

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“Lucky” Luciano and Operation Underworld

Posted on March 27th, 2016 by:

“Lucky” Luciano and Operation Underworld: By 1942, Charles “Lucky” Luciano had been behind bars more than six years. Prison was far from the high society life he had enjoyed as the head of organized crime. In New […]

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WACS of the 6888th Deliver on Time

Posted on March 26th, 2016 by:

The 6888th delivers: On February 14th , 1945, the troopship SS Ile de France arrived in Glasgow carrying the first contingent of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only black Women’s Army Corps (WAC) unit to be […]

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MacArthur’s escape from the Philippines

Posted on March 23rd, 2016 by:

MacArthur’s escape from the Philippines: At 7:45 PM on March 11, 1942, a small torpedo boat, PT-41 departed from Corregidor. Under the cover of darkness, it rendezvoused with three other PT boats then carefully sailed through a minefield while heading south […]

  Armed Service Edition Books, The Side Effects of War: Written by Jonathan Abbott In 1942, as war entered American life, a non-profit, government funded group called the Council on Books in Wartime was created and […]


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