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.
Lt. Col. Harold E. Raugh, Jr. shares with us his military book reviews for the May 2005 issue of World War II History Magazine. More »
General George S. Patton and Field Marshal Erwin Rommel were masters of battlefield mobility and the operational art of war. More »
The bitter South Pacific struggle for Iwo Jima cost the U.S. Marine Corps heavily in dead and wounded, but saved the lives of more than 24,000 American airmen.
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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 »
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 »
It changed the world more than any other single event in history. There have been countless thousands of published works devoted to all or of it.
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An important story in naval history, the battle over CSS Alabama and her seagoing depredations lasted well after she had gone to her watery grave in 1864.
The Allied officers interned at Oflag XVIIA planned and orchestrated one of the more daring POW escapes of World War II.
The Supermarine Spitfire was Britain’s first line of defense in the Battle of Britain in 1940. Afterward it helped the Allies turn the tide of war on multiple fronts.