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.
The Normandie-Niemen Squadron of Free French fighter pilots scored impressive victories with the Soviet Air Force. More »
A carefully crafted German plan caught an overconfident adversary off guard at the gates of Berlin, but overwhelming odds ensured a Russian victory. More »
Despite its high production numbers, the Hawker Typhoon 1A and 1B were both plagued by a series of design and technical problems. More »
The British Royal Air Force saved its island nation from invasion during the dark days of 1940 and the Battle of Britain. More »
Both the Allies and the Axis sought to control the strategically located Azores during World War II. More »
Both the Soviet Red Army and German Army Group North suffered heavy casualties during winter fighting in 1943-1944. 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.