Month: July 2016

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Operation Barbarossa: Holding the Line at Smolensk

In Smolensk during the summer of 1941, the Soviet Red Army attempted to slow the…

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Smolensk & The Eastern Front: The Katyusha Rocket System

The Katyusha multiple-launch rocket system became famous in combat on the Eastern Front.

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The USS Panay: First Step on the Road to War

The sinking of the gunboat USS Panay on China’s Yangtze River in December 1937 brought…

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Band of Brothers’ Buck Compton: One Man’s Call of Duty

Buck Compton, the storied “Band of Brothers” platoon leader, tells of his wartime and postwar…

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Nomads of War: The Long Range Desert Group

The Long Range Desert Group became legend while fighting a powerful enemy in an unforgiving…

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German U-Boats on American Shores: Operation Pastorius & Beyond

It wasn't just Operation Pastorius; during World War II, German U-boats made several attempts to…

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FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and the Nazi Saboteur

Did FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover cover up the events that led to the capture…

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Free France Resurgent: Charles de Gaulle in World War II

Charles de Gaulle maintained French participation in world affairs and sought to leverage Stalin and…

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World’s First Smart Weapon: the ‘Bat’

Following numerous setbacks and disappointments, the Bat was proven under combat conditions.

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Hero of Verdun: Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain

Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain disdained election as president, but became chief of Vichy France anyway.