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 »
Combat divisions fielded by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps comprised regulars, recruits, and draftees. More »
Legendary actor Jimmy Stewart piloted a bomber over Germany and retired after a lengthy military career. More »
Scottish-American arms dealer Francis Bannerman stored 30 million rounds of ammunition and weapons in his castle in the middle of the Hudson River. More »
Up from the mud of Pearl Harbor, battleships of the U.S. Navy took revenge against the Japanese at Surigao Strait. More »
The deployment of the Ninth Air Force brought the concept of tactical air support into action for the Allies. More »
Reeling from two atomic bombs, the Japanese were physically and psychologically un-prepared for a massive invasion from communist Russia. More »
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. More »
A father and daughter conducted espionage operations for the Third Reich in the United States. More »
In early 1942, a furious air-sea battle in the Solomons set the stage for Pacific Theater combat yet to come.
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.