Fearing a Japanese occupation of Madagascar would threaten allied shipping lanes to Egypt and the Far East, the British war office decided to act. More »
Already outdated at the start of World War II, the Fairey Swordfish nevertheless contributed greatly to the British war effort. More »
Ferocious attacks by Japanese planes took a heavy toll in lives and damaged dozens of U.S. Navy vessels during operations to capture the island. More »
Three days after Pearl Harbor, the loss of the battleship Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser Repulse crippled the British defense of the Far East. More »
The HMS Upholder exemplified courage during a daring Mediterranean cruise to assist in the fight against Rommel in North Africa. More »
HMS Illustrious and her sisters with armored decks in the British carrier fleet helped them survive furious attacks. More »
Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, benefited from the firsthand observation of spies on Oahu.
Elements of America’s 93rd Infantry Division (Colored) fought discrimination at home and captured the highest ranking Japanese officer in the Pacific.