WWII History October 2017

Innovative Soviet Fighter Ace

By Christopher J. Chlon

According to contemporary Soviet news sources, fighter Ace Alexander Pokryshkin was the most famous pilot in the Red Air Force during World War II. Read more

WWII History October 2017

“The Enemy Must Be Annihilated”

By Patrick J. Chaisson

It was an amphibious commander’s worst nightmare—swarms of enemy tanks, spitting death with every cannon shell and machine-gun burst, smashing through the American beachhead. Read more

Unknown to the British, Rommel made little use of his Libyan headquarters at Beda Littoria.

WWII History October 2017

The Plot to Capture Rommel at Beda Littoria

By Michael D. Hull

One night in mid-October 1941, a British Army intelligence officer disguised as a Senussi Arab was dropped by parachute behind the German lines in the Italian colony of Libya. Read more

WWII History October 2017

Wehrmacht Operation to Take Leningrad Aborted

By Pat McTaggart

It was called Nordlicht, or Northern Lights. With Hitler’s drive toward Stalingrad in full swing, the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW—German Armed Forces High Command) was also planning to end the almost year-long siege of Leningrad in a two-pronged attack to capture the city. Read more

WWII History October 2017

Clubmobile Gal

By Maureen Holtz

During World War II, American women flocked to be a part of the war effort. They served as factory workers, government agency clerks, WAVES or WAACS, and artists copying propaganda posters. Read more

WWII History October 2017

25 Missions Over Fortress Europe

By Kevin M. Hymel

“Bombs away!”called out the bombardier of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber Great Speckled Bird, signaling the release of a full bombload over an enemy target. Read more

WWII History October 2017

Turning the Tide

By Michael E. Haskew

In October 1942, at an obscure railroad whistlestop in the wastes of the Egyptian desert, the tide of World War II turned. Read more

WWII History October 2017

The Last Days of the USS DeHaven

By John J. Domagalski

General Alexander Patch had been thinking about moving some troops to the southwestern part of Guadalcanal since taking command of all American ground forces on the embattled island on December 9, 1942. Read more