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Guadalcanal

Located in the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal was the scene of a bitter struggle between American and Japanese forces during World War II. The campaign lasted from August 1942 to February 1943, when Japanese forces abandoned the island to the Americans. The U.S. victory at Guadalcanal was the first land offensive against the Japanese during the war in the Pacific. The campaign also involved several major naval engagements.

Island-Hopping at Tarawa

Island-Hopping at Tarawa

By John Walker
Rear Admiral Keiji Shibasaki, commander of the elite Japanese garrison entrenched on tiny Betio Island in the central Pacific Ocean, boasted in mid-1943 that his heavily fortified island redoubt could hold out “against a million Americans for a thousand years.” The United States Navy, in contrast, believed that   More »

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Hot Air “Fire Balloons”: Japan’s Project Fugo

Hot Air “Fire Balloons”: Japan’s Project Fugo

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?

Queen of the Desert: The Infantry ‘Matilda’ Tank

Queen of the Desert: The Infantry ‘Matilda’ Tank

Early in World War II, the infantry ‘Matilda’ tank added weight to the Commonwealth units in North Africa.

Under 8 Flags: The Boxer Rebellion’s Unlikely Alliance

Under 8 Flags: The Boxer Rebellion’s Unlikely Alliance

This unlikely alliance saved the besieged foreign legations at Peking in 1900 during the brutal Boxer Rebellion.

Mildred Gillars (a.k.a. ‘Axis Sally’) in WWII

Mildred Gillars (a.k.a. ‘Axis Sally’) in WWII

Mildred ‘Axis Sally’ Gillars taunted U.S. troops from a radio studio in Berlin, earning nearly universal animosity from her fellow Americans.

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