The ANZACS were Australian and New Zealand Army soldiers, particularly those of an Allied corps who landed on the peninsula at Gallipoli, in the Ottoman Empire, in the spring of 1915. The fighting at Gallipoli forged the national identities of three modern nations, Australia, New Zealand, and Turkey.
The Australian 9th Division defeated the Africa Korps at the Libyan port city on April 13-14, 1941. More »
German airborne troops finally secured the island Crete following a pitched battle for Maleme airfield. More »
In early 1942, a furious air-sea battle in the Solomons set the stage for Pacific Theater combat yet to come. More »
German parachute troops found the resistance from Commonwealth soldiers particularly brutal, but prevailed at terrible cost in the fight for Crete. More »
The defeat of the Afrika Korps at El Alamein initiated a long retreat and eventual surrender for Axis forces. More »
At the end of 1943 the Allied armies battling their way north in Italy came up against the German Gustav Line and ground to a halt. More »
Don McDonald and a relative few Royal Air Force pilots fought the Japanese to a bloody draw above the island of Ceylon. More »
As Operation Crusader erupted on the Egypt-Libya border, an eager force of Commonwealth troops prepared for a drive on Axis-held stronghold Bardia. More »
Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, benefited from the firsthand observation of spies on Oahu.
Elements of America’s 93rd Infantry Division (Colored) fought discrimination at home and captured the highest ranking Japanese officer in the Pacific.