Category: WORLD WAR II

Elvis Presley’s Fundraising Efforts Helped Erect the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor

Aerial view of the USS Arizona Memorial + Headshot of Elvis Presley

In the 1950s, any American of a certain age could be drafted into the US military. Famous athletes and actors regularly served, as did musicians…

Ray C. Hunt: US Army Air Corps Mechanic Turned Guerrilla Fighter

US Army Rangers walking together in a group

Ray C. Hunt signed up for the US Army Air Corps at the start of the Second World War. He trained as an aircraft mechanic,…

Operation Wikinger: The Kriegsmarine’s Disastrous Mission in the North Sea

German destroyer Z1 Leberecht Maass at sea + Heinkel He 111 in flight

The Luftwaffe was the main arm and, arguably, the most dangerous aspect of the German military. Another branch intended to be just as strong was…

Dean ‘Diz’ Laird: The Only Navy Flying Ace to Down Both German and Japanese Aircraft During WWII

Dean Laird sitting in the rear seat of a Beechcraft T-34 Turbo-Mentor + Two aircraft in flight

There were numerous flying aces during the Second World War. These aviators exhibited bravery and courage in the face of extreme danger, earning the status…

Lee Van Cleef was a World War II Hero Prior to Being a Famed Western Actor

Lee Van Cleef as Sentenza in 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'

Lee Van Cleef was a regular fixture during the boom-time of Western films in American cinema. His sharp features and stoicism made him the ideal…

The OSS Manual That Encouraged Axis Citizens to Sabotage the War Effort

Cover of the Simple Sabotage Field Manual + Woman crying while speaking with a police officer

As the Second World War raged on, the Allied and Axis powers employed various tactics to gain ground. One way was to utilize spies and…

Ex-Concentration Camp Guard Sentenced to Five Years in Prison By German Court

Josef S. hiding his face behind a blue folder

A 101-year-old German man has been found guilty of 3,518 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at Sachsenhausen concentration camp…

Fact or Fiction: Did Christopher Lee Embellish His World War II Service?

Christopher Lee wearing a suit and tie

Written by Todd Neikirk and Clare Fitzgerald. Christoper Lee had an incredibly long acting career that began in the late 1940s. He gained notoriety for…

Allied Snipers and Their Effectiveness During the Second World War

Finnish soldiers crouched in the snow

Snipers have played an important part in warfare for hundreds of years. The term was first officially used during the American Civil War, but sniper-like…

Richard H. Best: The Only WWII Pilot to Bomb Two Japanese Aircraft Carriers in One Day

Ed Skrein as Richard Best in 'Midway' + Douglas SBD Dauntless on the deck of the USS Enterprise (CV-6)

Of the four Japanese aircraft carriers sunk during the Battle of Midway – one of the most critical battles to occur in the Pacific Theater…

What Made the Polish No. 303 Squadron the Most Effective Pilots During the Battle of Britain?

Polish pilots standing together

At the outset of World War II, the Germans decided to treat Poland like a prize for the taking. What they didn’t realize, however, was…

American Soldiers Teamed Up with Germans and Cossacks to Save Horses from the Red Army

Man standing beside a Lipizzaner horse

On April 28, 1945, a portion of the American forces set off on an incredibly dangerous and unique mission. Dubbed Operation Cowboy, it saw them…