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Operation Barbarossa

Operation Barbarossa was the German code name for the invasion of the Soviet Union that occurred along a front of approximately 1,000 miles on June 22, 1941. Although initially successful with German forces occupying thousands of miles of Soviet territory and inflicting devastating losses on the Red Army, the invasion of the Soviet Union hastened the defeat of Nazi Germany, and resurgent Soviet troops conquered Berlin in 1945.

Meat Grinder at Yelnya

Meat Grinder at Yelnya

By Pat McTaggart

 

The smell of victory was in the air as the forces of Field Marshal Fedor von Bock’s Army Group Center continued to drive deep into the Ukraine during the final week of June 1941. To most of the young soldiers of the army group it seemed that this   More »



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The Nightmare Mission Into Laos: Operation Lam Son 719

During Operation Lam Son 719, the South Vietnamese raid into the Laotian panhandle, commanders learned first-hand how tenacious the North Vietnamese could be.

How Juan Pujol Garcia (a.k.a. “Garbo”) Made The D-Day Invasion Happen

How Juan Pujol Garcia (a.k.a. “Garbo”) Made The D-Day Invasion Happen

Double Agent Juan Pujol Garcia—a.k.a. ‘Garbo’—helped the Allies mislead the Germans as to the actual D-Day invasion landing site.

Union General John T. Croxton’s Southern Odyssey

Union General John T. Croxton’s Southern Odyssey

After being separated from Wilson’s corps, Union General John T. Croxton embarked on a 31-day odyssey spanning 653 miles, crossing four major rivers.

A Hard Mutt’s Life: “Military Dogs” in World War II

A Hard Mutt’s Life: “Military Dogs” in World War II

Below, the fox terrier ‘Salvo’ prepares for a drop over England. Military dogs played a key role in morale and companionship throughout the war.

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