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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.

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 »

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 »

Fighting from Tobruk to Milan

Fighting from Tobruk to Milan

By Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Raymond E. Bell
The contribution of the Union of South Africa’s armed forces to the winning of World War II is little known outside South Africa itself. Yet the country sent significant numbers of troops into battle against the Axis powers, both in the air and on   More »

World War II Special Forces

World War II Special Forces

By Michael E. Haskew
The concept of elite or “special” forces matured during World War II, and the term became synonymous with extraordinary heroism, particularly against long odds. The editors of WWII History magazine have put together a Special Issue, World War II Special Forces, entirely devoted to these units and   More »

Dutch Debacle

Dutch Debacle

By John W. Osborn, Jr.

 

When world war engulfed Europe for the second time in a generation, the Netherlands placed its faith in the diplomatic delusion that it could remain neutral like it had during World War I. When that failed it counted on a military miracle that turned out to   More »

The Forgotten Fleet

The Forgotten Fleet

By Arnold Blumberg
British naval operations in the Far East in World War II started badly and went downhill from there. Years of underfunding in defense meant that Britain simply did not have the means to defend its huge empire, and for 18 months prior to the Japanese attack on the   More »

Overrunning Norway

Overrunning Norway

By Mark Simmons
“U-64 was seen on the surface at the top of Herjansfjord near Bjrekvik. I selected the two anti-submarine bombs and put the Swordfish in a dive and released the bombs at 200 feet. I couldn’t see the bombs fall as we pulled out but Pacey [Leading Airman Maurice   More »



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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.

The Rise and Fall of the German U-Boat

The Rise and Fall of the German U-Boat

German U-boats threatened the Allies in World War II, but tactical changes and sheer numbers eventually negated the undersea peril.

Evans Carlson & America’s First Special Operations Team

Evans Carlson & America’s First Special Operations Team

In 1942, Evans Carlson’s ‘Marine Raiders’ gained instant celebrity status as America’s first Special Operations team.

Eppa Hunton: Unsung Confederate Hero at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff

Eppa Hunton: Unsung Confederate Hero at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff

At the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, Colonel Eppa Hunton successfully rallied his command and played a key role in routing the Yankees.

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