Following World War II, the victorious Allied governments established the first international criminal tribunals to prosecute high-level political officials and military authorities for war crimes and other wartime atrocities. The four major Allied powers—France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom,… Read More ›
World War Two
What Was the Importance of Bill Mauldin to WWII Infantrymen?
From Dailyhistory.org: Bill Mauldin once said that the infantryman “gives more and gets less than anybody else.”He knew this from his experience on the front lines with K Company, 180th Infantry Regiment, of the 45th Division. Mauldin went through basic… Read More ›
The Fighting Roosevelts
From Werehistory.org by Todd Arrington: In all of American history, millions of men and women have served in the nation’s armed forces. Of those many millions, only 3,517 have received the nation’s highest award for military valor: the Medal of… Read More ›
The Third Reich’s nuclear programme: Churchill’s greatest wartime fear
From History Extra from Damien Lewis author of Hunting Hitler’s Nukes: The Secret Race to Stop the Nazi Bomb: That Hitler’s Germany might win the race to build the world’s first atom bomb was arguably one of Winston Churchill’s greatest wartime concerns,… Read More ›
Female Firsts: Pioneering Women Veterans through the Years
From Folklife Today (Library of Congress) by Andrew Huber The story of women in the military is a story of firsts. Women have only been allowed to serve in permanent positions in the military since 1948, and even then were… Read More ›
9 things you (probably) didn’t know about Winston Churchill
From History extra by Daniel Smith He is considered one of the defining figures of the 20th century, remembered for his inspirational speeches and for leading Britain to victory in the Second World War. But you might be surprised… Read More ›
The Failure of Operation Market Garden
Operation Market Garden, launched in September 1944, was an unsuccessful Allied offensive mainly, fought in the Netherlands. It was the largest airborne operation in history up to that time. The operation was a daring one and it was the… Read More ›
What Mistakes did the Allies make during Operation Overlord on D-Day?
June 6, 1944 was arguably the most pivotal day of World War II. Operation Overlord was set to be launched and if successful, was to open a second front in Europe so as to attack Germany from all sides. Stalin’s… Read More ›
Why did Germany lose the Battle of Stalingrad?
The Battle of Stalingrad, between Germany and the Soviet Union, is considered not only the most important in World War II, but one of the most important in military history. The battle proved to be decisive for the Soviet Union… Read More ›
Why was Rommel defeated at El Alamein?
The Battle of El Alamein was the most important battle of the North African conflict between German and Italy and the British Empire. The battle, which was in reality, a series of battles, has entered military legend and it is… Read More ›
Angels of the Underground: Interview with Theresa Kaminski
The Oxford University Press recently published Theresa Kaminski’s Angels of the Underground: The American Women who Resisted the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II. Kaminski’s book follows the lives of four American women who were stranded in the… Read More ›
Why Were Homosexuals Persecuted in Nazi Germany?
In Nazi Germany, the ideal Aryan male was stereotyped as being strong, handsome, fanatical about his appearance, and obsessed with youth. The ideal homosexual was stereotyped as being strong, handsome, fanatical about his appearance, and obsessed with youth. The only… Read More ›
How did Winston Churchill become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War Two?
Winston Churchill led an extraordinary life, but perhaps the most remarkable element in his life was how he became prime minister in 1940. Just a few years earlier he was widely seen as politically isolated and was widely ridiculed… Read More ›