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A Hobbit on the Somme

A young writer, J.R.R. Tolkien, witnessed the worst day of British military history–World War I’s Battle of the Somme–and lived to tell about it.   More »

A Hobbit on the Somme

WWII

Wake Island: Alamo in the Pacific

The day after Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces assaulted the small American-held atoll of Wake Island, 2,300 miles west of Hawaii. The defenders numbered fewer than 1,800 Marines, sailors, soldiers, and civilian contractors.   More »

Wake Island: Alamo in the Pacific

Military History

Scottish Highlanders at Waterloo

The fabled Scottish Highlanders, including the 42nd, 79th and 92nd Regiments, marched into battle at Quatre Bras and Waterloo behind beating drums and shrieking bagpipes, shouting their fierce war cry, “Scotland forever!”   More »

Scottish Highlanders at Waterloo


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Reassessing Rommel: Anti-Nazi Hero or Opportunist?

Reassessing Rommel: Anti-Nazi Hero or Opportunist?

Seventy years later, should the “Desert Fox” be considered an anti-Nazi hero or a faithful soldier turned opportunist?

USS Potomac: FDR’s White House on the Water

USS Potomac: FDR’s White House on the Water

President Franklin D. Roosevelt took the bullet-proofed yacht the USS Potomac on two of the greatest diplomatic missions of WWII.

Il-2 Sturmovik: The Soviet’s Deadly Tank Killer

Il-2 Sturmovik: The Soviet’s Deadly Tank Killer

The Soviet Air Force’s Ilyushin Il-2 “Storm Bird” took a heavy toll in German armor on the Eastern Front.

“Love” Company in the Vognes Mountains

“Love” Company in the Vognes Mountains

The author, a rifleman in “Love” Company, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, recalls brutal winter combat on the French-German border.

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