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Battle of Midway

The turning point of World War II in the Pacific, the Battle of Midway was fought June 4-7, 1942, and ended in a major defeat for the Imperial Japanese Navy, whose losses included four aircraft carriers, Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, and Hiryu. The U.S. Navy lost the aircraft carrier Yorktown and the destroyer Hammann. The U.S. victory ended a Japanese bid to take Midway Atoll, which would have posed a direct threat to Hawaii. After their shattering defeat in the Battle of Midway, the Japanese were essentially on the defensive for the remainder of World War II.

Charles De Gaulle: Instrument of Destiny

Charles De Gaulle: Instrument of Destiny

In Mid-August 1944, Paris was in tumult. The French 2nd Armored Division rolled into the City of Light on August 25 and ended four years of harsh Nazi occupation. A great parade was set for the following day to celebrate France’s deliverance. Foremost among its participants was to be General   More »

Reign of Ruin

Reign of Ruin

By David Dean Barrett
More than seventy years after the fact, the use of atomic bombs by the United States in the final days of World War II remains one of the most controversial events of the 20th century. During his speech announcing the destruction of Hiroshima by an atomic bomb,   More »



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Japanese Sneak Attack on Sydney Harbor

Japanese Sneak Attack on Sydney Harbor

In May 1942, a Japanese submarine force snuck into Australia’s Sydney Harbor for a daring, suicidal attack.

Napoleon Bonaparte in Present-Day Israel

Napoleon Bonaparte in Present-Day Israel

When an Ottoman army surrounded Jean Kleber’s Division of Mount Tabor on April 16, 1799, the timely arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte ensured a French victory.

Nazi U-Boats At America’s Doorsteps

Nazi U-Boats At America’s Doorsteps

Nazi U-Boats brought World War II to America’s shores as they ravaged merchant shipping off the East Coast.

World War I Doughboys’ Bloody Baptism

World War I Doughboys’ Bloody Baptism

In their first major battles of World War I, American Expeditionary Force troops helped blunt multiple offensives launched by the German Army in the spring of 1918.

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