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The Race to Liberate Paris

The Race to Liberate Paris

By Ray Argyle
Flying a tortuous route from North Africa tothe French coast of Normandy via Casablanca and Gibraltar, an unarmed Lockheed Lodestar of the Free French Air Force broke through cloud cover over the English Channel on the morning of Sunday, August 20, 1944.
The plane carried Free French leader General   More »

Ambush at Morgarten

Ambush at Morgarten

By Victor Kamenir
The logs and boulders came tumbling downhill, gaining speed before theyreachedthe bottom of the hillsides in the mountain pass. They knocked down horses and men and even sent some of them tumbling into the lake. Swiss foot soldiers armed with halberds, swords, and flails charged downhill into the   More »

The Return of B-24 Hadley’s Harem

The Return of B-24 Hadley’s Harem

By Duane Schultz

First Lieutenant Gilbert B. Hadley—he liked to be called “Gib”—wasburied back home in Kansas in 1997, some 54 years after he was killed in action on August 1, 1943. “He looked like Clark Gable,” a Kansas City newspaper wrote about Gib when he was young. He “could talk   More »

Carlson’s Raid on Makin

Carlson’s Raid on Makin

By David H. Lippman
In the darkness, the two American submarines moved toward the hostile beach, inching carefully through badly marked waters. They surfaced well before dawn, and the Marine Raiders and submarine crews began bringing up rubber boats from below, inflating them on deck, installing outboard motors, and filling them   More »

Braddock’s Defeat in the Wilderness

Braddock’s Defeat in the Wilderness

By David A. Norris
 Captain Daniel Lienard de Beaujeu rushed to save the remote French outpost of Fort Duquesne in early July 1755. Weeks away from receiving substantial reinforcements, the fort was the target of British Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock. With Braddock was the largest army in the North American frontier,   More »

The Second Pearl Harbor

The Second Pearl Harbor

By Gene E. Salecker
The first explosion came as a complete surprise to everyone around Pearl Harbor. The Sunday had started out clear and bright, but the sky quickly darkened as great clouds of thick black smoke rose high above the burning ships.
Fuel oil spilled atop the water and caught fire,   More »

The Workhorse Gooney Bird

The Workhorse Gooney Bird

By Michael D. Hull
Of all the workhorse weapons in the Allies’ World War II arsenal, from the American M-4 Sherman medium tank and jeep to the British Handley Page Halifax bomber and 25-pounder field gun, none was more widely and effectively deployed than the Douglas C-47 transport plane.
Dubbed the Skytrain by   More »

Little Friends: Air Force Fighter Tactics

Little Friends: Air Force Fighter Tactics

By Sam McGowan
 Undoubtedly, the World War II aircraft type that attracts the most attention is the fighter plane. Yet, before the war, the U.S. Army Air Corps paid little attention to fighter development and tactics because its senior officers, with certain exceptions, would later lead the Army Air Forces with   More »

U.S. Army Failure at Anzio: Prudence or Paralysis?

U.S. Army Failure at Anzio: Prudence or Paralysis?

By Steve Ossad
Hitler called it an “abscess.” British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the chief sponsor and loudest cheerleader for the endeavor, grudgingly proclaimed it “a disaster.” Lt. Gen. Mark Clark, commander of the U.S. Fifth Army, described it as a “strip of hell.” American GIs, their British brothers-in-arms, and their   More »

The GI Forum: Justice for Hispanic Veterans of WWII

The GI Forum: Justice for Hispanic Veterans of WWII

By Mike Shepherd
Hector Garcia was born in Llera, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on January 17,1914, to schoolteacher parents, Jose Garcia Garcia and Faustina Perez Garcia. The Mexican Revolution drove them from their homes in 1917 and his family legally immigrated to Mercedes, Texas.
Hector’s father, a teacher in Mexico, was not allowed to   More »



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The Battle of Ortona: Italy’s Stalingrad

The Battle of Ortona: Italy’s Stalingrad

Determined Canadians fought street by street through the Battle of Ortona against elite German paratroopers who sought to stall the Allied advance.

How Jean Rapp Saved Napoleon Bonaparte’s Life… Three Times

How Jean Rapp Saved Napoleon Bonaparte’s Life… Three Times

French General Count Jean Rapp saved Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s life three times under widely varying circumstances.

The Life of a Military Historian: Walking Through the D-Day Invasion

The Life of a Military Historian: Walking Through the D-Day Invasion

Flint Whitlock shares with us his experiences leading European tours during the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

Military Weapons: NATO’s FN-FAL Rifle

Military Weapons: NATO’s FN-FAL Rifle

One of the most-used military weapons in history, the FN-FAL rifle was the most successful of the NATO military rifles and was used across the globe.

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