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The Luftwaffe was the official name of the German Air Force during World War II. Despite substantial curbs on their military imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, the Nazis organized clandestine training of pilots and the development of combat aircraft during the interwar years. Although a formidable weapon of war, the Luftwaffe was eventually overwhelmed by combat attrition and, at times, inept leadership.

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 »

U.S. Army Failure at Anzio: Prudence or Paralysis?

U.S. Army Failure at Anzio: Prudence or Paralysis?

By Steve Ossad
Hitler called it an “abscess.” British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the chief sponsor and loudest cheerleader for the endeavor, grudgingly proclaimed it “a disaster.” Lt. Gen. Mark Clark, commander of the U.S. Fifth Army, described it as a “strip of hell.” American GIs, their British brothers-in-arms, and their   More »

Death of the Tirpitz

Death of the Tirpitz

By Blaine Taylor
April 1, 1939, was a red-letter day in the history of the reborn German Kriegsmarine for two key reasons. First, Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler presented the fleet’s chief, Erich Raeder, with an ornate, icon-studded Navy blue baton of office as the first grand admiral since the days of   More »

Bloodbath in Aachen

Bloodbath in Aachen

With weapons at the ready, the American squad advanced cautiously on both sides of the tree-lined boulevard toward the German strongpoint in Aachen. Buildings pummeled by Allied shells had toppled to the ground, sending concrete and bricks spilling into the street. Hardly a structure remained intact as a result of   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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