Code named Operation Overlord, the D-Day Invasion occurred on June 6, 1944, as elements of five Allied infantry and three Allied airborne divisions assaulted the Normandy coast of Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Under the overall command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the landings on Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah, and Omaha beaches succeeded in establishing a foothold on the continent. Following an arduous campaign in Normandy and savage fighting across the German frontier, troops of the Western Allies met the Soviet Red Army, advancing from the East, and Nazi Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945.
General George S. Patton and Field Marshal Erwin Rommel were masters of battlefield mobility and the operational art of war. More »
This free issue follows the exploits of Easy Company as you’ve never heard them before, with plenty of surprises on every page. More »
No Sherman could—on paper at least—stand up to a Panther, but the U.S. had the priceless advantage of supporting airpower, plentiful reserves, and an overwhelming superiority of numbers. More »
Despite its high production numbers, the Hawker Typhoon 1A and 1B were both plagued by a series of design and technical problems. More »
The 1st SS Panzer Division fought for its life to escape the closing Falaise Pocket during the weeks after the D-day Invasion. More »
‘Operation Deadstick’ was the codename for the British glider assault operation to capture two Normandy bridges, one of which was Pegasus Bridge. More »
While the Allies’ D-Day invasion didn’t exactly go as planned, it went even worse for Nazi Germany. Flint Whitlock shares with us his list of the most embarrassing D-Day blunders committed by the German forces occupying Normandy. More »
Teddy Roosevelt Jr. suffered health problems throughout the entire war, and died shortly after the D-Day Invasion. More »
Cheap to produce, the airborne infantry ‘cricket’ was a lifesaver during the D-Day invasions. But who was it issued to? The debate continues today. More »
In late 1944, Japan began the massive production of ‘fire balloons’ capable of attacking American soil from their homeland. How did they make this work? And why did they stop?
Early in World War II, the infantry ‘Matilda’ tank added weight to the Commonwealth units in North Africa.
This unlikely alliance saved the besieged foreign legations at Peking in 1900 during the brutal Boxer Rebellion.