James Jabara: The Unlikely Fighter Pilot
A first-generation American of Lebanese descent, James Jabara was intent on being a fighter pilot. Soon, the five foot five airman would make US military aviation history.
Two Moments of Remorse for Nazi Crimes: Willy Brandt, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the Memory of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Marking the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, The National WWII Museum connects two instances of remorse for Nazi criminality by leading German politicians.
Operation FLAX, April 1943: Severing the German Afrika Korps’ Lifeline
Modern mechanized armies need a robust logistics chain to provide fuel, ammunition, and other sinews of war to sustain combat operations. Fighting the Allies during the North African campaign of 1942-1943, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps (DAK) was resupplied by a concerted air and sea lift effort.
The Spirit of Locarno
The treaty that Hitler hated even more than the Treaty of Versailles and one of the most important treaties you have probably never heard of.
General William H. Simpson’s Ninth US Army and the Crossing of the Rhine
Much has been made in the historical record of the capture of the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany in early March of 1945. However, fewer accounts exist of Operation Flashpoint, Ninth US Army’s assault crossing of the Rhine, which began on March 24. General William H. Simpson, commander of Ninth Army, has received little attention in the historiography of World War II.
II Corps at El Guettar
In the aftermath of the Battle of Kasserine Pass, US II Corps passed to the command of General Harold Alexander’s 18th Army Group. When Alexander took command on February 20, 1943, one of his first tasks was to assess II Corp’s combat readiness after its setbacks during its early engagements around Kasserine Pass.
Kasserine Pass: German Offensive, American Victory
At the Arcadia Conference, held in Washington, DC, from December 24, 1941 to January 14, 1942, the Western Allies agreed to a “Germany First” policy to govern global strategy, but the question where to engage Germany, and when, remained unsettled.
Black Volunteer Infantry Platoons in World War II
Many historians have written about the famous “Buffalo Soldiers” of the all-Black 92nd Infantry Division, who fought with distinction during World War II.
The Casablanca Conference
January 14-24, 1943
World War II saw an unprecedented level of inter-Allied cooperation that led to the formation of new staff organizations like the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and the US-British Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS).
Gallantry against Great Odds: LTC George Marshall and Operation RESERVIST
The campaign in North Africa began with a daring Anglo-American commando raid code-named Operation RESERVIST.
Prelude to Liberation: Genesis of American Amphibious Assault in the ETO
The Allied victory against the Axis was a long journey—one that actually took much longer than the war itself.
“Black Thursday” October 14, 1943: The Second Schweinfurt Bombing Raid
The Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) in the European Theater was one of America’s bloodiest campaigns.