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Ceramic Grenades – Japan’s Last Ditch Weapon In late 1944, as Japan’s war came to a conclusion, precious war materials like metal became scarce, making Japan’s ability to equip her fighting men a difficult task. To […]

Super Jeep Passes Army Trials-Newsreel Footage The Super Jeep was developed by the Army as a larger and more powerful big brother to the already popular Jeep. It was capable of transporting 10 men at high speed and […]

Monuments for Veterans defaced across America before Memorial Day As the nation prepares to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for America, vandals have appeared to deface memorials to them. In at […]

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A Talk With Adm. Nimitz-From YANK Magazine

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by:

A Talk With Adm. Nimitz-From YANK Magazine By Sgt. H. N. Oliphant YANK Staff Correspondent PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII—In moments of crisis there is nothing that relaxes Adm. Chester W. Nimitz more than hitting a few bull’s-eyes […]

Okinawan Civilians Rescued in “Operation Security”: On April 1, 1945, the American military invaded the Island of Okinawa. Garrisoning the island were over 100,000 Japanese troops and military conscripts. The island also had a large Okinawan civilian […]

Marine Comes Home From Tarawa Over 70 Years Later On November 20, 1943, Marine Pfc. James Johnson was killed on the island of Tarawa. He was buried in one of the multiple battlefield cemeteries on the […]

A Story of Japanese War Brides: Fall Seven Times Get Up Eight The story of Japanese war brides is beautifully told in the moving film Fall down Seven Times Get Up Eight. Before World War Two, […]

Bazooka Face Mask-Blast Protection for a GI’s Face With the success of Hitler’s armored Blitzkriegs in Poland, France and the Low Countries in 1939 and 1940, the US Army realized it needed an effective and reliable […]

Warner Brothers Meet the Fleet (1940) with George Reeves “Meet the Fleet” is a 1940 Warner Brothers color short film about the Navy. It follows 3 recruits as they train for sea deployment to Hawaii. Ironically, […]

Private Snafu: Coming Snafu (1943) by Warner Brothers “Private Snafu” were a series of animated training films for the US Army. Produced by Leon Schlesinger of Warner brothers, many of the films were written by Theodor […]

Wartime Rationing: Eating like there’s a War on By Jonathan Abbott On December 11th 1941,  rubber tires were the first item to be rationed in the United States.  By 1943 almost all consumer goods were rationed […]

Navy Uniform Change Proposal from YANK Magazine In 1945, the Navy considered changing from their classic jumper and bellbottoms to a newer more “modern” uniform. Farewell to Bellbottoms Navy Notes By Donald Nugent Sp(X)3c Yank Navy […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

5th Marine Division Artilleryman on Iwo Jima: Written by Jonathan Abbott On 9:00 AM on March 26th 1945 a small strip of land in the Volcanic Islands became silent. The last major action had ended the night […]

US Marine Corps Field Scarf, Rare Piece of the Pre-War Uniform: From the 1930’s to the end of WWII, there were dramatic changes in the combat uniform, helmet, equipment and weaponry of the US Marine. But […]

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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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