Wehrmacht, literally translated as “defense force,” is the collective term used to describe the German military machine during the decade from 1935 to 1945 and throughout World War II. Although the term Wehrmacht is often used in describing the German Army alone, the Wehrmacht encompassed the German Navy, or Kriegsmarine, the German Air Force, or Luftwaffe, and the German Army, or Heer.
In December 1943, the First Canadian Infantry Division was ordered to capture the Italian port town of Ortona.
The fall of Berlin signaled the end of Nazi Germany and its reign of terror in occupied Europe. More »
The Bruneval Raid was crucial to gathering information on a new and dangerous German radar system. More »
The Soviet Union recognized the city of Tula for its role in defeating the Nazis during World War II. More »
SS War criminal Otto Ohlendorf cited untenable defenses during his trial for atrocities on the eastern front. More »
Spanish dictator Francisco Franco held Hitler and the Nazi regime at arm’s length throughout the war. More »
One of the worst infantry divisions in the U.S. Army turned itself around during the drive across france. More »
The Hetzer provided lengthy service on all fronts where the German Army ws engaged 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.