World War II

Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan

Table of Contents Introduction On August 6th, 1945 a modified B-29 bomber named “Enola Gay” dropped an atomic bomb named “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later on August 9th, 1945, another B-29 named “Bockscar” dropped an atomic bomb named “Fat Man” on Nagasaki, Japan. This is what ended World War 2 with Japan …

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Pegasus Bridge: A Pocket Guide by author Neil Barber

Published by Sabrestorm, available from Casemate Publishers Neil Barber’s guide of the sites around Pegasus Bridge is a gem. A fifty-two page long, 4” x 5.7” paperback, the book will truly fit in all except the smallest pockets but comes packed with graphics and black and white photographs. The book lays out a short walking …

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Operation Colossus by author Lawrence Patterson

Published by Greenhill Press, available from Casemate Publishers Lawrence Patterson’s book detailing Operation Colossus, the British airborne raid against the Italian aqueduct providing fresh water to the Apulia region of southern Italy, is far more than a combat history despite being an excellent example of the genre. Patterson details the policy, organizational and doctrinal decisions …

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Valor at the French village of Cauquigny

During World War II, two parachute infantry regiments, the 504th and 505th, and one glider infantry regiment, the 325th, comprised the 82nd Airborne Division. Paratroopers considered themselves elite soldiers who entered battle through the courageous act of jumping from aircraft. They considered themselves a cut above the men of the glider regiment, comprised of “straight …

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U.S tank destroyers move through the fog

The Battle of the Bulge: Germany’s Last Throw of the Dice

In 1944, the Allies firmly turned the tide of World War II with a series of sweeping triumphs in Western Europe during Operation Overlord. The victorious D-Day beach landings in northern France paved the way for the liberation of Paris, which had been under Nazi occupation since 1940. Thereafter, the Germans were in retreat as …

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Amazing story about an American top turret gunner on a B-17 bomber

Millions of Americans served in the armed forces during World War II. They have been called the Greatest Generation. The following is the story of one such man from that generation and his B-17 crewmates. Jack Flynn’s wartime story started like any other Sunday for a seventeen-year-old in December of 1941. However, this Sunday was …

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5 Great Battleships of World War 2

During the interwar period, battleships remained the foremost naval ships. Aircraft carriers were then the new big thing in naval warfare, but they remained unproven until the Battle of Taranto in 1940. So, the world’s foremost navies expanded their fleets with bigger and stronger battleships than ever before throughout the 1930s as international tensions rose …

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USS Sable (IX-81) underway on the Great Lakes, June 1945.

The Aircraft Carrier Legacy of Lake Michigan

America’s entry into World War II dramatically increased the ranks of naval aviators, correspondingly expanding the requirement for instruction in operating from an aircraft carrier. Carrier qualification previously took place on board frontline ships, but with the threat of German and Japanese submarines in both the Atlantic and Pacific, the Navy looked to Lake Michigan …

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