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Each issue provides a lively mix of stories about important battles, soldiers, leaders, tactics and weapons, as well as little-known incidents of the war, and riveting firsthand battle accounts. World War II also reviews books, movies, model kits, and video games—and features a Pinup in every issue. Twitter: @WWIImag

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During World War II, Pago Pago was a lightly-manned base in the Samoa Islands vital to preserving communications between...
05/20/2022
Meet the Samoan Unit That Fought Barefoot During World War II

During World War II, Pago Pago was a lightly-manned base in the Samoa Islands vital to preserving communications between the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. The 7th Marines were ordered to fortify the garrison—but they didn’t do it alone.

“The Samoans, who were American nationals, would help the 7th defend Tutuila’s 52 square miles of mountainous and jungled terrain" during WWII.

Of the 909,000 Black Americans selected for duty in the Army during World War II, only one Black division saw infantry c...
05/19/2022
How the ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ Helped Break Through the Gothic Line

Of the 909,000 Black Americans selected for duty in the Army during World War II, only one Black division saw infantry combat in Europe: the 92nd Infantry Division.

The African American 92nd Infantry Division took on formidable German opposition in its push up the Italian boot.

The 1939 Winter War between Finland and Russia would go down in history as one of the most mesmerizing modern-day models...
05/18/2022
White Death and the Winter War: How Finland's Tiny Army Defeated the USSR | HistoryNet

The 1939 Winter War between Finland and Russia would go down in history as one of the most mesmerizing modern-day models of the David and Goliath narrative: a diminutive army with only 32 tanks and barely 100 airplanes repelling the invasion of a military more than four times its size.

When attempting to summarize the 1939 conflict between the Soviet Union and its small Nordic neighbor, Finland, the old proverb stating that "big things

The military town of Whittier, Alaska, was once codenamed H-12 and sheltered over 1,200 personnel. To suit the needs of ...
05/17/2022
Whittier, Alaska: A Tiny City Born of War

The military town of Whittier, Alaska, was once codenamed H-12 and sheltered over 1,200 personnel. To suit the needs of wartime security, its existence was officially kept secret: no civilians were permitted to enter, and photography was strictly banned.

Situated on Prince William Sound’s scenic Passage Canal, Whittier was designed and built as a U.S. Army base during World War II.

Operation Chastise, the Royal Air Force’s famous “Dambuster” raid against Germany’s Ruhr dams, occurred on the evening o...
05/16/2022
Aviation History Book Review: Operation Chastise

Operation Chastise, the Royal Air Force’s famous “Dambuster” raid against Germany’s Ruhr dams, occurred on the evening of May 16-17, 1943. #OnThisDay

Operation Chastise was the codename for the Royal Air Force’s famous “Dambuster” raid against Germany’s Ruhr dams.

Many may be aware of the Double V campaign, but few know of the 26-year-old who ignited the campaign...
05/15/2022
The Man Behind the Double V Campaign

Many may be aware of the Double V campaign, but few know of the 26-year-old who ignited the campaign...

Many may be aware of the Double V campaign, but few know of the 26-year-old who ignited the campaign

The submarine's claim to fame is being the first U-boat sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard. The first U-boat sunk by the U.S. ...
05/14/2022
Was U-352 the Worst U-Boat of World War II?

The submarine's claim to fame is being the first U-boat sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard. The first U-boat sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II met its end after launching a reckless attack.

One particularly famous British army antelope mascot was “liberated” from Hamburg's zoo at the close of World War II. Se...
05/13/2022
How Bobby the Antelope Became One of the British Army’s Cutest Mascots

One particularly famous British army antelope mascot was “liberated” from Hamburg's zoo at the close of World War II. Servicemen built him a large and comfortable enclosure at their headquarters and took him for walks, attracting the stares of baffled German onlookers.

Antelopes represented one of Britain’s oldest infantry regiments for more than 200 years—even if they were sometimes prone to butting unsuspecting soldiers

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05/12/2022

Guadalcanal, 1942.

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During World War II, Pago Pago was a lightly-manned base in the Samoa Islands vital to preserving communications between...
05/12/2022
Meet the Samoan Unit That Fought Barefoot During World War II

During World War II, Pago Pago was a lightly-manned base in the Samoa Islands vital to preserving communications between the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. The 7th Marines were ordered to fortify the garrison—but they didn’t do it alone.

“The Samoans, who were American nationals, would help the 7th defend Tutuila’s 52 square miles of mountainous and jungled terrain" during WWII.

#OnThisDay, May 11, 1943: American troops invade Attu in the Aleutian Islands. Pictured: the USS Casco anchored offshore...
05/11/2022

#OnThisDay, May 11, 1943: American troops invade Attu in the Aleutian Islands. Pictured: the USS Casco anchored offshore with its 40mm gun and crew. (National Archives)

The 1939 Winter War between Finland and Russia would go down in history as one of the most mesmerizing modern-day models...
05/11/2022
White Death and the Winter War: How Finland's Tiny Army Defeated the USSR | HistoryNet

The 1939 Winter War between Finland and Russia would go down in history as one of the most mesmerizing modern-day models of the David and Goliath narrative: a diminutive army with only 32 tanks and barely 100 airplanes repelling the invasion of a military more than four times its size.

When attempting to summarize the 1939 conflict between the Soviet Union and its small Nordic neighbor, Finland, the old proverb stating that "big things

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Laying down his sword to Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, #OnThisDay a weeping Hiroo Onoda became one of the last Japanese soldiers from World War II to surrender—nearly three decades after the war's end.
In an address Tuesday to the British Parliament, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky evoked Churchill’s prescient influence as he channeled the wartime prime minister’s refrain from his iconic “we shall fight on the beaches” speech.
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Any person, Holocaust denier or not, is entitled to equal justice under law.
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On Tuesday, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine and a growing humanitarian crisis, an enemy missile struck a TV tower in the nation’s capital of Kyiv, killing at least five people and injuring five others, Ukrainian emergency authorities reported. But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky went further, claiming on Twitter that in addition to the TV tower, the missile hit the nearby World War II Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial—built just last year under controversy.
Since 2018 Shay, a D-Day veteran and tribal elder with the Penobscot Nation, has made Normandy his home. At 6:30 a.m. each June 6 he performs a traditional Penobscot ceremony by the sea to honor his comrades who never returned home.
This Week in History: Virtually stranded at a small railroad station in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, the small platoon of the 78th Guards Infantry Regiment faced a crushing onslaught of German tanks on March 2, 1943.
The military town of Whittier, Alaska, was once codenamed H-12 and sheltered over 1,200 personnel. To suit the needs of wartime security, its existence was officially kept secret: no civilians were permitted to enter, and photography was strictly banned.
February 25, 1933: The Navy's first purpose-built aircraft carrier, USS Ranger, launches at Newport News, Virginia. Commissioned in 1934, USS Ranger would go on to serve in the Atlantic and the Pacific until America's entry into World War II; it later participated in Operation Torch and Operation Leader off Norway before being sent to the Pacific and spending its remaining days as a training carrier. (National Archives)