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Franklin Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a career politician who became the 32nd president of the United States in 1932. The only man to be elected president for four consecutive terms, Roosevelt held the office through much of the Great Depression and World War II. His overt and covert assistance to Great Britain, through programs such as Lend-Lease, kept the island nation fighting against Nazi Germany during a crucial period from 1939 to 1941. Following the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt asked Congress for a declaration of war against Japan. Germany declared war on the United States four days later. Afflicted by polio during the 1920s, Roosevelt was paralyzed from the waist down for the remainder of his life. He died in office on April 12, 1945, at the age of 63 and was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. Truman.

Pearl Harbor’s Dogfights

Pearl Harbor’s Dogfights

The story of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor is of course much broader than just the events surrounding the strike against the U.S. Pacific Fleet. And since the attack over 70 years ago, there has not been a shortage of books and articles detailing the events of this   More »

Roosevelt & the Fall of the Iron Curtain

Roosevelt & the Fall of the Iron Curtain

Some historians attribute the fall of the Iron Curtain to President Franklin Roosevelt’s gross miscalculation of the Soviet Union in World War II. British historian Alan Clark writes in his book Barbarossa that “Roosevelt’s betrayal of Eastern Europe, whether out of calculation or gullibility, is so notorious as to need   More »



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A Hard Mutt’s Life: “Military Dogs” in World War II

A Hard Mutt’s Life: “Military Dogs” in World War II

Below, the fox terrier ‘Salvo’ prepares for a drop over England. Military dogs played a key role in morale and companionship throughout the war.

A Wehrmacht Pioneer Laid to Rest 70 Years After Operation Barbarossa

A Wehrmacht Pioneer Laid to Rest 70 Years After Operation Barbarossa

Thanks to technological advances and local help, a Wehrmacht Pioneer was finally located and laid to rest years after Operation Barbarossa.

Emperor Julian “The Apostate”

Emperor Julian “The Apostate”

Emperor Julian ‘The Apostate’ sought to emulate Alexander the Great’s conquest of Persia, but Shapur II’s Savaran cavalry proved his undoing.

American Writers Who Avoided the Civil War

American Writers Who Avoided the Civil War

Mark Twain was not the only famous American writer to avoid fighting—and possibly dying—in the American Civil War.

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