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Iwo Jima

The 34-day battle for the island of Iwo Jima was one of the bloodiest of World War II in the Pacific. Located in the Volcano Islands, Iwo Jima was considered a vital point for disabled American bombers to land when returning from air raids on the Japanese home islands, and more than 20,000 airmen were saved from ditching in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean after the eight-square-mile island was captured in March 1945. Iwo Jima was the scene of the iconic raising of the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, which has become emblematic of the valor of the U.S. Marine Corps.

World War II’s Quiet Marine

World War II’s Quiet Marine

By Nathan N. Prefer
He organized, trained, and commanded the 4th Marine Division in the Marshall Islands and Saipan campaigns before taking command of the Fifth Amphibious Corps and leading it against Tinian and Iwo Jima. He was on the short list for commandant of the Marine Corps after World War   More »

Little Friends: Air Force Fighter Tactics

Little Friends: Air Force Fighter Tactics

By Sam McGowan
 Undoubtedly, the World War II aircraft type that attracts the most attention is the fighter plane. Yet, before the war, the U.S. Army Air Corps paid little attention to fighter development and tactics because its senior officers, with certain exceptions, would later lead the Army Air Forces with   More »

101st Airborne & Operation Market-Garden

101st Airborne & Operation Market-Garden

Designed by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, the objective of Operation Market-Garden was to cross the Lower Rhine at Arnhem and sweep into the Ruhr, the industrial heart of Germany. There was talk at the time that a successful mission could get everyone home by Christmas 1944. The key to its   More »

Britain’s Final Battle for Burma

Britain’s Final Battle for Burma

By the beginning of February 1945, the British 14th Army was on the banks of the Irrawaddy River and poised to strike into central Burma. The officers and the men were both tired and triumphant: the year before, they had fought an epic battle against the Japanese at Imphal, stopping   More »



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Swan Song for the CSS Shenandoah

Swan Song for the CSS Shenandoah

Built in Scotland in 1864, CSS Shenandoah was the last Confederate commerce destroyer to operate on the high seas.

Survival: The Story of the USS Franklin

Survival: The Story of the USS Franklin

Considered one of the greatest survival sagas of World War II, the story of the USS Franklin is almost too fantastic to believe.

Mark Twain Joins the Marion Rangers

Mark Twain Joins the Marion Rangers

After the Civil War ended his career as a river pilot, Sam Clemens joined the Marion Rangers, a new Confederate militia unit in Hannibal, Missouri.

Wunderwaffen: Hermann Göring & the Messerschmitt Me-262

Wunderwaffen: Hermann Göring & the Messerschmitt Me-262

Hermann Göring’s ‘Wunderwaffen,’ the Messerschmitt Me-262, was among several unveiled for the Führer that the Nazis hoped would turn the tide of war.

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