German airborne troops finally secured the island Crete following a pitched battle for Maleme airfield. More »
German parachute troops found the resistance from Commonwealth soldiers particularly brutal, but prevailed at terrible cost in the fight for Crete. More »
In World War II, total war served as ideological vindication for competing nations of dramatically different political systems. More »
Emboldened by previous successes, the German’s launched Operation Mercury, dropping thousands of paratroopers onto the defended island of Crete. More »
Marine and Navy bomber pilots made history in the Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber, fondly known as ‘Slow But Deadly.’ More »
Rejected by the Navy, Benjamin ‘Benny’ Foulois ultimately went on to become the father of modern American air power. More »
The elite ‘Bradenburgers,’ or Brandenburg commandos, scored many spectacular successes during clandestine operations. More »
The Industrial Age combined with American ingenuity to form special units during the Civil War. Horse artillery, sharpshooters, sappers, and miners were used for specialized duties during the war.
Led by the impetuous General Nathaniel Lyon, Union forces pursued retreating Confederates across southwestern Missouri in the summer of 1861. At Wilson’s Creek, Lyon caught up with the enemy on aptly named Bloody Hill.