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USS Alaska, American Battlecruiser: World War II

USS Alaska (CB-1) was the lead ship of the Alaska class of large cruisers which served in the United States Navy during the end of World War II. She was the first of two ships of her class to be completed, followed only by Guam; four other ships were ordered but were not completed before the end of the war. Alaska was the third vessel of the US Navy to [...]

By | 2018-01-17T12:16:28+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Operation Bodenplatte: World War II

For the German Luftwaffe, World War II all but ended on January 1st, 1945 with their last, desperate attempt to strike back against the Ally’s air superiority that was Operation Bodenplatte. After this day, Germany’s skies were quickly lost in the following few months as the Western and Eastern fronts collapsed into Berlin. Operation Bodenplatte was designed to cripple Allied air power in support of the Ardennes Offensive, or [...]

By | 2018-01-02T07:21:48+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Japanese Battleship Musashi: World War II

Musashi (武蔵), named after the former Japanese province, was one of two Yamato-class battleships built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), beginning in the late 1930s. The Yamato-class ships were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed, displacing almost 72,000 long tons (73,000 t) fully loaded and armed with nine 46-centimeter (18.1 in) main guns. Their secondary armament consisted of four 15.5-centimetre (6.1 in) triple-gun turrets formerly [...]

By | 2017-12-18T11:46:37+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Strasbourg, French Battleship: World War II

Strasbourg was the second and last battleship of the Dunkerque class built for the French Navy before World War II.She was slightly more heavily armored than her sister ship Dunkerque. In 1922, the Washington Naval Treaty imposed a ten-year moratorium on the construction of new battlecruisers. France was allowed to replace two old battleships after 1927 for a total of 70,000 tons. In 1925, the first Italian Trento-class cruiser [...]

By | 2017-12-07T08:02:54+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Siege of Kut Al Amara: World War I

Following the signal failure of the Anglo-Indian attack upon Ctesiphon in November 1915 Sir Charles Townshend led his infantry force, the 6th Division, on a wearisome retreat back to Kut-al-Amara, arriving in early December. Aware too that his force was exhausted and unable to retreat further Townshend resolved to stay and hold Kut, a town of key importance to the British presence in the region. In this he was [...]

By | 2017-11-17T07:12:33+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Gary Ivan Gordon: Recipient of the Medal of Honor

Master Sergeant Gordon, United States Army, distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on October 3, 1993. While serving as Sniper Team Leader, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. Master Sergeant Gordon's sniper team provided precision fires from the lead helicopter during an assault and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic weapons and rocket-propelled [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:01:33+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Modern War, Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Aleutian Islands Campaign: World War II

By Mar 1943, with the Aleutian Islands Campaign, the Americans were planning to reclaim the islands of Attu and Kiska, which had been captured by the Japanese in 1942. The first step in the Aleutian Campaign Americans had taken was to deploy a task group in the area to interdict Japanese supply convoys. On 26 Mar 1943, this task group, led by Rear Admiral Charles McMorris, found a convoy [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:13:24+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Japanese Fire Balloons: World War II

The Revolutionary and the Civil War tore North America apart, but the World Wars and most subsequent conflicts have been largely fought beyond its borders – aside from the glaring exception of the Pearl Harbor attack. Many consider Pearl Harbor to be the last of the wartime civilian casualties on American soil, not including the Battle of the Atlantic. However, this is not strictly true; the Japanese orchestrated a [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:14:35+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

General Pancho Villa: Mexican Revolution

Pancho Villa was a top military leader of the Mexican Revolution whose exploits were regularly filmed by a Hollywood company. Born on June 5, 1878, in San Juan del Rio, Durango, Mexico, Pancho Villa started off as a bandit who was later inspired by reformer Francisco Madero, helping him to win the Mexican Revolution. After a coup by Victoriano Huerta, Villa formed his own army to oppose the dictator, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:15:32+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Messines: World War I

It has been argued that the Battle of Messines was the most successful local operation of the war, certainly of the Western Front. Carried out by General Herbert Plumer's Second Army, Battle of Messines was launched on 7 June 1917 with the detonation of 19 underground mines underneath the German mines. The target of the offensive was the Messines Ridge, a natural stronghold southeast of Ypres, and a small [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:17:45+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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