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Suez Canal

After 10 years of construction, the Suez Canal, a waterway in Egypt that connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea was opened to maritime traffic in 1869. The Suez Canal allows passage between Europe and Asia without sailing around the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of the African continent. During numerous military and political conflicts of the 20th century, control of the Suez Canal was considered vital to the national interests of many nations.

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Armored Strike at Arras: Counterattack Against the Blitz

Armored Strike at Arras: Counterattack Against the Blitz

British tankers made a courageous, but ultimately futile, attempt to foil the German blitzkrieg in France on May 21, 1940.

Chasing Jefferson Davis

Chasing Jefferson Davis

With Richmond in flames behind them, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, his family, and high-ranking government officials began a desperate dash southward. Their ultimate destination was Mexico.

A Scout in Patton’s Third Army

A Scout in Patton’s Third Army

Bernie Sevel served as a scout for the 90th Infantry Division as Nazi Germany crumbled.

Amphibious Landing at Anzio

Amphibious Landing at Anzio

An attempt to outflank the Germans at Cassino and make a headlong dash for Rome ended in a bloody stalemate on the beaches of Anzio.

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