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The Falaise Pocket: World War II

The Battle of the Falaise Pocket was fought August 12-21, 1944, during World War II (1939-1944).Landing in Normandy on June 6, 1944, Allied troops fought their way ashore and spent the next several weeks working to consolidate their position and expand the beachhead. This saw the forces of Lieutenant General Omar Bradley's First US Army push west and secure the Cotentin Peninsula and Cherbourg while the British Second and [...]

By | 2017-09-20T18:53:06+00:00 September 20th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

The De Havilland Mosquito: World War II

On March 15, 1939, German ambitions and lies combined with lack of British resolve pushed Europe to the brink of war when Germany occupied what was left of Czechoslovakia. After this duplicitous move, Britain and France could no longer stand by and allow Germany to encroach on any more territory. Whereas Germany had been ominously building up its armed forces, Britain and France had done nothing, but now they [...]

By | 2017-09-14T08:45:16+00:00 September 14th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

J. Robert Oppenheimer: Father of the Atomic Bomb

J. Robert Oppenheimer is often called the "father of the atomic bomb" for leading the Manhattan Project, the program that developed the first nuclear weapon during World War II. Born in New York City in 1904, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer served as director of the Los Alamos Laboratory during the development of the atomic bomb. After the 1939 invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, Oppenheimer was selected to administer [...]

By | 2017-09-03T13:18:06+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|Public Figures, World War II|0 Comments

The Battle of Moscow: World War II

As early as Jul 1941, the Russians knew the Germans were going to breach their defenses and threaten Moscow. On 3 Jul, Lenin's body was moved from Moscow to Tumen to prevent German capture or destruction. Little over two weeks later, on 22 Jul, 127 German bombers raided Moscow, even lightly damaging the Kremlin. As a response, Moscow residents were ordered to build mock houses on Kremlin's grounds and [...]

By | 2017-09-02T18:01:04+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

Battle of Kwajalein: World War II

The Battle of Kwajalein began on January 31, 1944, and concluded February 3, 1944. In the wake of the US victory at Tarawa in November 1943, Allied forces continued their "island-hopping" campaign by moving against Japanese positions in the Marshall Islands. Part of the "Eastern Mandates," the Marshalls were originally a German possession and were awarded to Japan after World War I. Considered part of the outer ring of Japanese [...]

By | 2017-08-31T07:13:10+00:00 August 30th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

B-25 Mitchell: American Twin-Engine, Medium Bomber

The B-25 Mitchell was a twin-engined medium bomber used in World War II and manufactured by North American Aviation. The B-25 was named in honor military aviation pioneer General Billy Mitchell. Design and Development of the B-25 Mitchell Bomber Experience gained in developing the XB-21 was used by North American in designing the B-25 (called the NA-40 by the company). Only one NA-40 was built, with several modifications later [...]

By | 2017-08-31T08:48:47+00:00 August 25th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

The Maunsell Sea Forts: World War II

Rising from the water like rusty invaders out of H.G. Wells, the Maunsell sea forts in the Thames Estuary are decaying reminders of the darkest days of World War II. Part of the Thames Estuary defense network, the anti-aircraft tower-forts were constructed in 1942, with each fort consisting of a cluster of seven stilted buildings surrounding a central command tower. When operational, catwalks connected the buildings. When operational, catwalks connected [...]

By | 2017-08-31T09:26:13+00:00 August 20th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

Operation Long Jump: World War II

The opening of Operation Long Jump takes readers inside a meeting between Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill, held at the British Embassy in Tehran in 1943. The purpose of the summit: how to rid the world of Adolf Hitler. But before the trio of leaders and their senior military advisors can come up with an agreeable plan to win the war, Nazi assassins enter the room, draw [...]

By | 2017-08-31T09:30:37+00:00 August 19th, 2017|World War II|1 Comment

Higgins US PT Boat: World War II

The American side of the PT boat ("Patrol Torpedo") wars of World War 2 are primarily remembered for the exploits of the men governing their ELCO PT systems against the vessels of the mighty Japanese Navy. However, the USN held two major designs as their standard PT boat and this included the ELCO 80-footer and the Higgins 78-foot. While ELCO represented most of the PT boats produced for the [...]

By | 2017-08-31T10:59:52+00:00 August 13th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

USS Princeton American Light Carrier: World War II

A tremendous explosion in Leyte Gulf on October 24, 1944, broke the American light carrier USS Princeton in two and devastated the light cruiser USS Birmingham. The 600-foot light carrier USS Princeton (CVL23) was commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on February 25, 1943, and was sunk 20 months later, on October 24, 1944, in Leyte Gulf during heroic efforts to retake the Philippines from the Japanese. One of [...]

By | 2017-09-01T07:30:39+00:00 August 6th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

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