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Winston Churchill

A career conservative politician, Winston Churchill served as prime minister of Great Britain from 1940 to 1945 and from 1950 to 1955. Churchill is best remembered for his leadership of the British people during World War II, particularly during the Luftwaffe Blitz of British cities and the period when the nation stood alone against the Nazis. Churchill’s stirring oratory provided inspiration to millions. On several occasions, Churchill, through force of personality, was able to resurrect his political career.

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The Supermarine Spitfire and the Battle of Britain

The Supermarine Spitfire and the Battle of Britain

The Supermarine Spitfire was Britain’s first line of defense in the Battle of Britain in 1940. Afterward it helped the Allies turn the tide of war on multiple fronts.

The Greatest High Seas Duel of the American Civil War

The Greatest High Seas Duel of the American Civil War

The clash between the CSS Alabama and the USS Kearsarge would become the greatest high seas confrontation of the entire Civil War.

The Port Chicago Disaster: The Largest Mutiny Trial in U.S. History

The Port Chicago Disaster: The Largest Mutiny Trial in U.S. History

When a massive explosion shook Port Chicago, a key naval depot near San Francisco, the shockwaves set off the largest mutiny trial in U.S. history.

Bastogne Must Fall: Hitler’s 72-Hour Gamble in the Ardennes Forest

Bastogne Must Fall: Hitler’s 72-Hour Gamble in the Ardennes Forest

In his offensive gamble in the Ardennes in late 1944, Adolf Hitler gave the German 5th Panzer Army just 72 hours to reach the Meuse River. But he failed to factor in American grit.

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