A graduate of the West Point Class of 1915, later known as the “Class the Stars Fell On” because of the great number of generals that emerged from its ranks, Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded Allied forces in Europe during the preparation and execution of the D-Day invasion and the subsequent fighting against Nazi Germany that resulted in victory in Europe during World War II. Eisenhower rose to the five-star rank of general of the army and served as a two-term president of the United States from 1952 to 1960.
Free French forces under General Jacques Leclerc upheld the honor of France during World War II. More »
While the victorious Allies moved east from Normandy in the summer of 1944, they debated whether to divert forces to liberate Paris or drive straight for the German border. Adolf Hitler vowed that if he could not have the City of Light, no one could. More »
A ragtag group of poorly trained anti-Castro Cubans, covertly supported by the CIA, landed at the Bay of Pigs to overthrow the communist in Cuba. More »
The soldiers of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division and a complement of other troops held the key crossroads town during the Battle of the Bulge. More »
The deployment of the Ninth Air Force brought the concept of tactical air support into action for the Allies. More »
The U.S. 2nd Ranger Battalion held Hill 400 in the embattled Hürtgen Forest against five fierce German counterattacks in December 1944. More »
After Adolf Hitler ordered all bridges across the Rhine River blown up to prevent the Allies from crossing into Germany, one span remained intact. More »
American railroad workers in specially formed units labored to keep men and matériel rolling forward after D-Day. More »
The Luftwaffe sent the Me-262 jet fighter aloft in the final months of World War II in a vain effort to challenge Allied air superiority.
Sergeant Red Erwin’s courage in a burning B-29 over Japan saved the lives of his crewmen and earned him the Medal of Honor.
The African Americans of the 54th Massachusetts stood up to the guns of Charleston’s Fort Wagner in a bloody assault in 1863. In so doing, they proved themselves worthy Union soldiers.