“The thing to do” World War II veteran shares story of service as radio operator Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944, John Duckett went on to serve as a radio operator with the 100th Infantry Division during World War II. Courtesy of John Duckett
Former Sgt. Ron Klein for decades put nuclear bombs in many U.S. fighter/bombers “The Green Mountain Boys,” the Air National Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing from Burlington, Vt., stand in front of one of their F-16 “Falcon” fighters while on alert at Langley Air Force Base outside Washington, D.C. after “9-11-2001.” Photo provided
Vietnam veteran and cancer sufferer asked to repay pension Vietnam veteran and cancer sufferer asked to repay pension
Aboriginal Australians remembered for World War One service Aboriginal Australians remembered for World War One service
GUEST BLOGGERS Guest blogger Alex Kershaw: THE LONGEST WINTER – AN EXCERPT

Guest blogger Alex Kershaw: THE LONGEST WINTER – AN EXCERPT

The platoon again opened fire as the Germans got to the fence. This time, it was Private First Class Milosevich who let rip with the .50-caliber jeep-mounted machine gun. The armor-piercing bullets, employed by rear gunners on B-17s to bring down fighters, blew holes a foot wide in the German […]

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BBC’s Dan Snow joins War History Online as Guest Blogger!

Dan Snow has joined forces with the War History Online team to write a guest blog following his military history related activities. Dan commented: “It’s great to be joining War History Online as a blogger – over the past couple of years they have grown into a social media phenomenon! […]

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Seven Incredible Stories of World War II Resistance

World War II was the sort of war that hadn’t been seen before, or at least not for a very long time. The French defense of the Revolution was said to have introduced the concept of ‘total war’ in the modern world (if you got in front of a Mongol […]

WORLDWIDE Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944, John Duckett went on to serve as a radio operator with the 100th Infantry Division during World War II. Courtesy of John Duckett

“The thing to do” World War II veteran shares story of service as radio operator

During the first half of the 1940s, the draft notice was a document that many a young man anticipated receiving—a call to the colors that could possibly land them in the middle of a combat zone. For some, it was the source of great anxiety—consumed by the risk of losing […]

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Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944, John Duckett went on to serve as a radio operator with the 100th Infantry Division during World War II. Courtesy of John Duckett
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“The thing to do” World War II veteran shares story of service as radio operator

During the first half of the 1940s, the draft notice was a document that many a young man anticipated receiving—a call to the colors that could possibly land them in the middle of a combat zone. For some, it was the source of great anxiety—consumed by the risk of losing […]

“The Green Mountain Boys,” the Air National Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing from Burlington, Vt., stand in front of one of their F-16 “Falcon” fighters while on alert at Langley Air Force Base outside Washington, D.C. after “9-11-2001.” Photo provided
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Former Sgt. Ron Klein for decades put nuclear bombs in many U.S. fighter/bombers

For almost three decades Ron Klein of Port Charlotte, Fla. was involved in some of this country’s major military actions. Too young for Vietnam, he joined the Air Force in 1977 as an 18-year-old bomb loader. His job: Arming F-105 “Thunder Chief” fighters, F-104 “Starfighters,” A-10 “Warthog,” F-111B “Aardvarks” and […]

Vietnam veteran and cancer sufferer asked to repay pension
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Vietnam veteran and cancer sufferer asked to repay pension

A Vietnam veteran is being asked to repay some US$6,324 to the Department of Veterans Affairs that was paid to him in pension benefits. Rob Arthur, now 68, joined the US Navy in 1964 at the age of 17. He served on a US destroyer off the coast of Vietnam […]

Aboriginal Australians remembered for World War One service
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Aboriginal Australians remembered for World War One service

Steps to reconciliation with Australia’s indigenous population, the Aboriginal Australians, have gradually taken place over the years, most notably with a referendum in 1967 to improve the rights of Aborigines, and an apology from the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, in 2008. But in the years surrounding World War One, Australia’s […]

How WWI changed the car you drive today
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How WWI changed the car you drive today

Many things come to mind when discussing World War One – the stalemate of trench warfare, the horrors of Passchendaele, the poetry of Sassoon and McRae and the massive loss of life on all sides. It’s easy to forget the impact of the young automotive industry during the war, whether […]

B-24 shot out of the sky, WWII vet cheated death
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B-24 shot out of the sky, WWII vet cheated death

  Milton Klarsfeld reached back 70 years to recall when Nazi warplanes shot down the B-24 bomber he was navigating.The Germans intercepted the American bombing mission from Italy and fired on the 10-man crew on Dec. 17, 1944. The B-24 exploded 26,000 feet in the air, instantly killing five men and […]

Lessons to be learnt on 73rd anniversary of America’s entry into World War Two
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Lessons to be learnt on 73rd anniversary of America’s entry into World War Two

On the 73rd anniversary of America’s commitment and entry into World War Two, the experience of the government and forces at the time is playing a large role to inform the strategies of today’s US Army. It was the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 that prompted […]

WHO-Tube: National Geographic Battle Of Arnhem in Color
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WHO-Tube: National Geographic Battle Of Arnhem in Color

National Geographic Battle Of Arnhem in Color

UEFA Releases Moving Video About the Century-Old WWI Christmas Truce
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UEFA Releases Moving Video About the Century-Old WWI Christmas Truce

In celebration of the century-old Christmas truce between German and British soldiers which took place in 1914, the year WWI broke out, the Union of European Football Associations [EUFA]  celebrates this moment of peaceful interlude of camaraderie and humanity between WWI’s warring parties with a touching video featuring snippets of letters […]

At Waterloo Abba won’t surrender as they say: Don’t use our hit to mark 200th anniversary of battle
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At Waterloo Abba won’t surrender as they say: Don’t use our hit to mark 200th anniversary of battle

It was the song that catapulted them to international stardom – and set them on the road to amassing multi-million-pound fortunes. But Abba are now strangely reluctant to repay the debt they owe to the famous battle that helped inspire their 1974 hit Waterloo. The Swedish group were asked to […]