The Supermarine Spitfire is one of the legendary fighter aircraft of World War II. Developed in the 1930s, the Spitfire was sleek, agile, and capable of great speed. The production model mounted four .303-inch Browning machine guns. More than 20,000 were produced from 1938 to 1948. Along with the Hawker Hurricane, the Spitfire achieved everlasting fame during the Battle Britain, defeating the Luftwaffe in the skies above Britain and the English Channel and ending Hitler’s bid for an amphibious invasion of the British Isles.
The U.S. 29th infantry division fought its way ashore in Normandy on the bloodiest of D-Day beaches. More »
The National World War II Museum chronicles the story of the American GI through artifacts, personal tales, and cutting-edge technology. More »
American William R. Dunn was the first Eagle Squadron pilot to shoot down a German aircraft in World War II. More »
An understrength hodgepodge of British and Commonwealth troops held off an entire Japanese division during the Battle of Kohima. More »
One of the legendary warplane of World War II, the Supermarine Spitfire tipped the balance in favor of the RAF during the Battle of Britain. More »
An obscure British officer expressed misgivings about Operation Market-Garden and shared the name of one of the ill-fated venture’s central figures. More »
Nicknamed the Flying Milk Bottle, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter was a stalwart aircraft that served around the globe during World War II. More »
The Industrial Age combined with American ingenuity to form special units during the Civil War. Horse artillery, sharpshooters, sappers, and miners were used for specialized duties during the war.
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.