Dwight Jon Zimmermann

Dwight Jon Zimmerman is a bestselling and award-winning author, radio host, and president of the Military Writers Society of America.

Warren Spahn

Hall of Fame Pitcher Warren Spahn served in World War 2

Like fellow Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams, pitcher Warren Spahn had his career interrupted by World War II. Unlike Williams, who was already famous when he was drafted, Spahn achieved notoriety after the war. Span had what ball players call “a cup of coffee” (a brief appearance in the majors) in 1942, pitching just four games before …

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Members of the 77th Co, 6th Machine Gun Battalion & French poilus near Belleau Wood.

US Marines at Belleau Wood and Blanc Mont during World War 1

In 1918, World War I was in its fourth year. Imperial Russia had succumbed to the Communist Revolution and capitulated to Imperial Germany. In the West, a race against time was on. The Allies of Great Britain and France were watching with mounting concern as German armies from the Eastern Front began reinforcing those on …

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Erwin Rommel checking-out atlantikwall

Erwin Rommel assumes command of the Atlantikwall

Erwin Rommel and the Atlantikwall In the latter half of 1943, two of World War II’s most colorful and charismatic senior commanders, General George S. Patton, Jr. and Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, the “Desert Fox,” were both out of work and in the doghouse, with their careers not only on hold, but possibly even coming to an end. Patton’s …

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Operation Paperclip: Group of 104 German rocket scientists in 1946, including Wernher von Braun, Ludwig Roth and Arthur Rudolph, at Fort Bliss, Texas. The group had been subdivided into two sections: a smaller one at White Sands Proving Grounds for test launches and the larger at Fort Bliss for research. Many had worked to develop the V-2 Rocket at Peenemünde Germany and came to the U.S. after World War II, subsequently working on various rockets including the Explorer 1 Space rocket and the Saturn (rocket) at NASA.

Operation Paperclip: Saving the German Scientists

Operation Paperclip, named after the use of the ordinary paperclip attached to the personnel files of select German scientists, was a special operation of breathtaking scope. Instead of highly trained teams tasked for important combat missions, these teams were hunters and gatherers sifting and searching through the wreckage and ruin of a devastated Germany. Theirs …

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Child evacuees from Bristol arriving at Brent in Devon in 1940. (Credits: Imperial War Museum)

Operation Pied Piper: Evacuation of English Children During World War II

One of the most, if not the most, emotionally wrenching decisions made by the British government during World War II was its decision to relocate its children out of urban centers to locations where the risk of bombing attacks was low or non-existent. Called Operation Pied Piper, millions of people, most of them children, were …

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