The soldiers of the Waffen-SS constituted the military or “armed” units of the SS, or Schutzstaffel, originally a paramilitary Nazi force that served as Hitler’s bodyguard. Numerous Waffen-SS divisions were formed prior to and during World War II, and these engaged in fighting as active combat formations. Waffen-SS troops were noted for their fanatical loyalty to the Nazi regime and were responsible for many atrocities during World War II.
SS tanker Michael Wittmann became the most famous armor ace of World War II and died in the process. More »
Both the Soviet Red Army and German Army Group North suffered heavy casualties during winter fighting in 1943-1944. More »
A Soviet offensive in late 1943 gained ground but failed to eliminate German forces in the bend of the Dnieper River. More »
Audacious panzer ace Michael Wittmann and a force of heavy Tiger tanks destroyed a British armored column at this once peaceful Norman village. More »
Years after the Battle of the Bulge and the infamous Melmedy Massacre, Joachim Peiper died under mysterious circumstances in Traves, France. More »
British tankers made a courageous, but ultimately futile, attempt to foil the German blitzkrieg in France on May 21, 1940. 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.