Tag: D-Day

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.

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Bastogne’s Bedsheets: The Story of Lieutenant Colonel John Hanlon

Lieutenant Colonel John Hanlon repaid the kindness of the people of the embattled Belgian town.

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Ian Fleming: The Fact Behind the Fiction of James Bond

Before Ian Fleming created 007, he was an undercover agent for the British during WWII.

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Bombing Our Friends: The Destruction of Rouen

The frequent bombing of the beautiful medieval city of Rouen, France, caused widespread death and…

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Demise of the Japanese Navy

The naval combat that raged around the Philippines invasion was preceded by a game of…

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The Port Chicago Disaster: The Largest Mutiny Trial in U.S. History

When a massive explosion shook Port Chicago, a key naval depot near San Francisco, the…

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Flight Out of Hell: The Harrowing Bombing Mission to Kavieng

By Steven D. Smith   In the predawn darkness of Dobodura, New Guinea, 2nd Lt.…

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Rampage on the River: Operation Dragoon

In August 1944, the Allies followed up the massive Normandy Invasion with another in southern…

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The M4 Sherman Vs. the German Panther

No Sherman could—on paper at least—stand up to a Panther, but the U.S. had the…

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Smashing Hitler’s Atlantic Wall

Nazi Germany spent many years (and a fortune) creating an invasion-proof barrier, only to have…

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Paratrooper Brawl at Carentan

The objective for the 101st airborne division after D Day was the capture of a…