Category: WORLD WAR II

Were There German Spies in the French Foreign Legion?

Members of the French Foreign Legion landing on a beach

The French Foreign Legion is a historic and elite part of the French Army. It was created in the 1830s as a way to deal…

The Rats of Tobruk: How A German Insult Was Reclaimed as a Proud Nickname

Australian soldiers sheltering in a cave

At the beginning of the Second World War, Libya was still an Italian colony. As the only deep port in the eastern part of the…

Lt. Col. Terence Otway Used An Unconventional Tactic to Test His Men

Women eating ice cream + Soldiers crouching together

On June 6, 1944, 600 men squeezed into 32 transport planes en route to the Merville Gun Battery in Normandy. Known as the “Red Devils”,…

Tank Ramming Was a Dangerous Tactic Used By the Red Army During WWII

Two tanks on a hill

Tanks are undoubtedly some of the most powerful military vehicles ever produced, and they made a world of difference to those fighting in the Second…

The World’s First Ever Gliderborne Attack Allowed Germany to Take Belgium

Soldier standing along the side of a dirt road

Between May 10-11, 1940, Belgium’s Fort Eben-Emael was captured by a relatively small group of Germans. It was supposed to be manned by 1,200 soldiers,…

131,553 Allied Pilots and Airmen Trained in the ‘Aerodrome of Democracy’

Eight RAF pilots standing together in their uniforms

At the outset of the Second World War, the United Kingdom was faced with many problems, one of which was how to train the aircrews…

The Powerful Speech Dwight D. Eisenhower Delivered to Allied Troops Invading Normandy

Dwight D. Eisenhower speaking with paratroopers

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, was among those who helped execute the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6,…

The Germans Had High Hopes for the Goliath Tracked Mine

US Navy sailors standing around captured Goliath tracked mines

It’s common today for bombings to be done via drone. This is an effective strategy for a number of reasons. The aerial vehicles don’t need…

Marine Harold Schultz Helped Raise the Flag at Iwo Jima – He Wasn’t Recognized Until 2016

US Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima + Military portrait of Harold Schultz

The grainy black and white image of six US Marines raising the American flag at the summit of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima is one…

USS Arizona Medal of Freedom Aims to Commemorate Battleship’s Crew and Legacy

USS Arizona shrouded in smoke + Lauren Bruner

The sinking of the USS Arizona (BB-39) during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, saw the deaths of 1,177 sailors and…

Historic Deception and Camouflage Techniques Used By Militaries

Dummy tank on display

Deception and military subterfuge have been used throughout history. The aim is to give armies the upper hand by tricking the enemy. The practice dates…

Bastogne Was a Defining Moment for the 101st Airborne Division

101st Airborne soldier aiming his weapon in the snow

The “Screaming Eagles” of the 101st Airborne Division proved their strength, stamina and heroism by pushing themselves to the absolute limit while undermanned and lacking…