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100th Infantry Division the “Sons of Bitche” The 100th Infantry Division served with distinction in the European Theater of Operations and became known as the “Sons of Bitche” for their decisive role in the capture of […]

Larry Thorne: Finnish Officer, Nazi Soldier, US Green Beret Larry Thorne was born Lauri Allan Törni  in the Viipuri Province of Finland on May 28th, 1919. In 1938, Törni joined the military and was assigned to the 4th […]

Sniper Exterminator in Normandy From YANK Magazine By Sgt. Walter Peters YANK Staff Correspondent NORMANDY-“It’s a beautiful country,” said T/Sgt. Frank Kwiatek, of Philadelphia, heavy weapons platoon leader. “Only trouble is it’s wonderful for snipers. From […]

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 […]

  Christmas wishes from the 2nd Infantry Division, Second to None: By Jonathan Abbott It seemed like the fighting in Europe was almost finished. The American Army was in Germany. In the east, the Red Army was […]

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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 […]

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, […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

Ex-Prisoner of War Honored with Medal for Escaping Nazi Camp Edward Shifrin landed in Normandy as a member of Charlie Company, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division. He took part in some of the biggest battles in France […]

Days of Glory, The Story of a French Colonial Soldier: Set in wartime Italy, Days of Glory tells the little known story of the French Colonial Algerian soldiers and their part in the war against Nazi […]

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Dog Tag Returned to Veteran’s Family

Posted on March 31st, 2016 by:

Dog Tag Returned to Veteran’s Family: Thomas E. Davis was the hard worker of his family. He grew up with six siblings on a farm in Indiana where he milked cows and threw bales of hay. […]

La Haye du Puits, France – The Fighting in the Town: By Sgt. Walter Peters Yank Staff Correspondent The G-2 colonel at corps headquarters told us that La Haye du Puits was successfully occupied this morning, […]

Louisiana Maneuvers, Mistakes to be Made: Written by Jonathan Abbott In two years Nazi Germany had occupied Poland, Holland, Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, France and Belgium, Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Greece. The Axis Powers were pushing […]


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