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Uncovering Tunnels of World War I: The Falkenhausen Tunnel

In August 2019, Association des Souterrains Allemands de Puisaleine et des Environs 14/18, reopened a German underground network which was created during the Spring of 1916 on the battlefield of the French department Oise. This incredible network of underground tunnels, named “Falkenhausen Tunnel”, has 3 levels and extends over 400m (1312 feet) in length. A.S.A.P.E. …

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Operation Overlord: Low Altitude Beach Photographs (PART 2)

After publicizing Part 1 of Operation Overlord: Low Altitude Beach Photographs taken by a P-38, here’s the second part with more aerial beach photographs. All help and information that may lead to a more specific unit, identification of personnel, aircraft and location(s) is most appreciated. The photographs are numbered to make referencing easier. I’ve split …

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Operation Overlord: Low Altitude Beach Photographs taken by a P-38

As while ago, we’ve encountered excellent low altitude aerial beach photographs taken by a P-38 “Lightning” pilot during his World War II service. Although trying to contact the author, TripleCrowner on Reddit, we’ve failed to get in touch to gain more information on his grandfather. However, we still wanted to show off these stunning aerial …

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REVIEW: Allied Intelligence and the Cover up at Pointe Du Hoc by Gary Sterne

Book Review of Allied Intelligence and the Cover Up at Pointe Du Hoc: The History of the 2nd & 5th US Army Rangers, 1943 – 30th April 1944 by Gary Sterne (978-1526752222).  A researcher’s book that details the intelligence gathered prior to the D-Day Landings that reveal the depth of Allied Intelligence estimates that ultimately …

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Australian Soldiers Identified Fromelles

7 Unknown Australian WWI Soldiers KIA in France are Identified

Seven Australian soldiers who fought and died during the Battle of Fromelles in France during World War 1 have been formally identified by the 2019 Fromelles Identification Board and are no longer unknown. “These soldiers were recovered in 2009 and were among 250 Australian soldiers buried as ‘unknown soldiers’ in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery,” said Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester. Adding that  new headstones would soon be installed at the soldiers’ …

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Grave of Fallen World War I Soldier Discovered 100 Years after death

The grave of 2nd Lieutenant Reuben Parkes who served in the 34th Australian Infantry Battalion has finally been found, 100 years after his death. The discovery was a joint effort of Non-Profit organization Fallen Diggers and the Unrecovered War Casualties-Army (UWC-A) of the Australian Army. Reuben Parkes, 34 years old, enlisted on 24 February 1916 in the 53rd …

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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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Nathan G. Slater Interview

WATCH: Interview with WWII Veteran Nathan G. Slater serving in Normandy & Ardennes

Nathan G. Slater was born in December of 1924 to Aaron and Ella Jane Slater. He was the 5th of 10 children (7 boys, 3 girls). His father, Aaron, was a blaster and a water well driller. His mother, Ella, was a  home maker. Nathan and four of his brother (Kenny, Roy, Russell and Aaron) served in …

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The Congress of Vienna: Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars

Before the League of Nations, the United Nations, and the European Union, there was the Congress of Vienna. This series of meetings lasted from November 1814 through June 1815 and mostly consisted of discussions between the leaders of several countries in an attempt to keep war from breaking out again. Before the Congress of Vienna, …

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