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Marshall Plan

Named for Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the Marshall Plan was officially known as the European Recovery Program. In the wake of World War II, the economies of many nations, particularly those of Europe, were devastated. The Marshall Plan offered economic aid for the reconstruction of these nations with the view that economic stability would engender political stability. Eventually, more than $12 billion were allocated during a four year period. The Marshall Plan proved effective in restoring the economies of many nations and reduced the prospects that communism would spread to Western Europe.

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Wilson’s Creek: Bull Run of the West

Wilson’s Creek: Bull Run of the West

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.

The Dogs of War

The Dogs of War

Dogs were used on all fronts and in a variety of roles during World War II.

Defending the USS Lexington: Action Off Bougainville

Defending the USS Lexington: Action Off Bougainville

In early 1942, a furious air-sea battle in the Solomons set the stage for Pacific Theater combat yet to come.

Me-262: The Beginning of the Jet Fighter Age

Me-262: The Beginning of the Jet Fighter Age

The Luftwaffe sent the Me-262 jet fighter aloft in the final months of World War II in a vain effort to challenge Allied air superiority.

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