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Gerhard Barkhorn Was the Second-Highest-Scoring Fighter Pilot In All of History

Gerhard Barkhorn standing in military uniform

Gerhard Barkhorn was a legendary, although contentious, aviator who flew for the Luftwaffe during World War II. Nonetheless, he earned a vast number of aerial victories,…

Four Nuns Were Rescued from Behind Enemy Lines By the USS Nautilus (SS-168)

USS Nautilus (SS-168) at sea

When war erupted in the Pacific, many found their homes situated in areas of conflict. There were also those who were far away from theirs,…

Luftwaffe Pilot Fritz Beeck Was Shot Down By the Battle of Britain’s First ‘Ace-in-a-Day’

British airman sitting in the downed Messerschmitt Bf 109 'Yellow 10'

On August 24, 1940, during the Battle of Britain, Oberfeldwebel Fritz Beeck was one of many Luftwaffe fighter pilots tasked with escorting bombers on their way…

Baldomero López Daringly Leads Troops Over a Seawall During the Battle of Inchon

Baldomero López leading his men over a seawall

The Battle of Inchon – or the Inchon Landing – occurred during the Korean War. It marked a pivotal turning point in the conflict and…

Soviet Sappers ‘Contributed Significantly’ to the USSR’s Defense During World War II

Soviet Red Army sappers wading across a river

During the Second World War, sappers with the Soviet Red Army played a crucial role in military operations along the Eastern Front. These combat engineers…

George Patton Strikes a Pose for the 103rd Infantry Division

George Patton standing among cameramen from the 103rd Infantry Division

Gen. George Patton is undoubtedly one of history’s best-known military commanders, who, while disliked by his superiors, was adored by average servicemen, as shown by…

Joyous American Servicemen Celebrating the Japanese Surrender in Paris

American servicemen and Parisians holding up newspapers in celebration of the Japanese surrender

The image above shows a group of American servicemen and women celebrating the Japanese surrender in front of the Red Cross pub in Paris. Many…

The US Navy Considered Arming Frigates with Mk 48 Torpedoes During the Cold War

Two technicians standing around a Mk 48 torpedo + USS Bradley (FF-1041) underway at sea

On January 17, 1955, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) radioed the historic message, “Underway on nuclear power.” This was the foundation of a new era that…

E-boat: The Effective German Fast Attack Boat of the Second World War

E-boat transiting near port

The Schnellboot – or S-Boot – was a German fast attack craft that served with the Kriegsmarine during the Second World War. It was referred…

Veterans Responsible for Cleanup of 1966 Nuclear Incident Dealt Blow By US Supreme Court

Ship crewmen standing around a hydrogen bomb

A blow has been dealt against the group of veterans behind a class-action suit aimed at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The group, led by…

Higgins Boat: The Landing Craft That Helped the Allies Win World War II

American personnel approaching Omaha Beach aboard a Higgins boat

The landing craft, vehicle, personnel (LCVP) – or Higgins boat – was used by the Allies to conduct amphibious operations during the Second World War.…

POW Camp 198 Was the Site of the ‘German Great Escape’

Steve McQueen as Capt. Virgil "The Cooler King" Hilts in 'The Great Escape'

Throughout the Second World War, a number of prisoner of war (POW) escape attempts stood out, such as the development of the Colditz Cock and…