Operation Chowhound: The Most Risky, Most Glorious US Bomber Mission of WWII
By STEPHEN DANDO-COLLINS
From Palgrave Macmillan Trade: "Beginning with a crazy plan hatched by a suspect prince, and an even crazier reliance on the word of the Nazis, Operation Chowhound was devised. Between May 1 and May 8, 1945, 2,268 military units flown by the USAAF, dropped food to 3.5 million starving Dutch civilians in German-occupied Holland.
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Alliances & Theaters
▪ The Air War: 1939-1945
▪ Australia, Canada, and other Allies
▪ British Forces & The Battle of Britain
▪ China-Burma-India Theater
▪ D-Day, Normandy & W. Europe
▪ The Eastern Front
▪ The Italian Campaign
▪ U.S. Navy, Coast Guard & Merchant Marine
▪ War in the Pacific
Special Interest Topics
▪ Bio: Leaders & Commanders
▪ Books, Movies & Music of WWII
▪ Erwin Leydekkers' WWII Photos
▪ The First World War
▪ Holocaust Remembrance
▪ On the Homefront
▪ The Attack on Pearl Harbor
▪ U.S. Artillery Units in Holland 1944-1945
▪ Women in World War II
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By MARTIN K.A. MORGAN
From Zenith Press: "Experience the all-important Normandy invasion through some of D-Day's most incredible photographs." Book review »
By member WAYNE VANSANT
From Zenith Press: "In Battle of the Bulge, author and artist Wayne Vansant brings readers into the frozen foxholes, haunting forests, and devastated villages of the Ardennes during that freezing cold winter.
By Benjamin Carter Hett
From Oxford University Press: "A powerful new look at the Reichstag fire.... Based on years of archival and scholarly research, the book reconstructs the event in gripping detail."
By P.R. REID
From Zenith Press: The Germans thought escape was impossible. These men proved them wrong. Colditz Castle, located near Leipzig Germany, was the last stop for select Allied prisoners during World War II. It was here, a reportedly impregnable fortress, that the Germans sent all the prisoners who escaped from other prisons.
By member RANDALL HANSEN
From Oxford University Press: "Fills a crucial niche in the history of WWII resistance, focusing on disobedience after Valkyrie, which has typically been overlooked.... Based on extensive archival research in three languages.... Considers a wide range of resistance figures, including officers, soldiers, and citizens."
By Harry Yeide
From Zenith Press: "He is remembered as an officer with few equals. A leader who attained legendary status while commanding corps and armies as a general during World War II. He was also well known for his eccentricity and controversial outspokenness."
By member GAVIN MORTIMER
From Zenith Press: "In The First Eagles: The Fearless American Aces Who Flew with the RAF in World War I, award-winning historian Gavin Mortimer engagingly profiles the restless, determined American aviators who grew tired of waiting for the their country to establish an aerial military force during World War I."
By CORY GRAFF
From Zenith Press: "Do you want to get an up-close look at some of the rarest airplanes in the world? ... In deluxe hard-back volumes, Flying Warbirds brings U.S., British, German, Russian and Japanese fighting planes from the 1930s and 1940s together, complete with detailed photographs to delight every aeronautics connoisseur."
By COLIN HEATON & ANNE-MARIE LEWIS
From Zenith Press: "When The German Aces Speak published in 2011, Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine welcomed Colin Heaton’s and Anne- Marie Lewis’s masterful command of interview-based narrative, writing,”
By member NICHOLAS A. VERONICO
From Zenith Press: "In Hidden Warbirds II, the engaging follow-up to the critically acclaimed Hidden Warbirds, aviation historian Nicholas A. Veronico further explores the romantic era of World War II warbirds and the stories of some of its most famous wrecks and recoveries."
By JEREMY HARWOOD
From Zenith Press: "The downfall of Nazi Germany, as seen through its own media. The first issue of Signal magazine, Germany's biweekly army propaganda publication, hit the newsstands in April of 1940." Read More »
By member ROBERT F. DORR
From Zenith Press: "Robert F. Dorr's critically acclaimed World War II bombing narrative, now available in paperback format. The western Allies flew 314 bombing missions to Berlin between 1940 and 1945."
By ERIC HAMMEL
From Zenith Press: "By the summer of 1944 the tide had turned in the Pacific War against the Japanese. The war was not nearly over, however, and the U.S. Marines had their heaviest season of combat awaiting them."
Courtesy of the History Channel: "The American amphibious invasion of Iwo Jima during World War II stemmed from the need for a base near the Japanese coast. Following elaborate preparatory air and naval bombardment, three U.S. marine divisions landed on the island in February 1945. Iwo Jima was defended by roughly 23,000 Japanese army and navy troops, who fought from an elaborate network of caves, dugouts, tunnels and underground installations. Despite the difficulty of the conditions, the marines wiped out the defending forces after a month of fighting, and the battle earned a place in American lore with the publication of a photograph showing the U.S. flag being raised in victory." Click here for the complete story on History.com
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Kursk, Soviet Union; 9 Feb 43: The Battle of Kursk begins » The Battle for Kursk had the costliest single day of aerial warfare to date as well as the largest armoured battle in the war on the eastern front. It was also the last strategic offensive Germany would be able to mount in the war on the eastern front.
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands; 9 Feb 43: Guadalcanal is finally secured » It was the first major offensive launched against the Empire of Japan. The victory would require the best from the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy and Army, and was key for further advance in the Solomon Islands. The Marine Corps would gain valuable jungle fighting experience which would be key throughout the Pacific War.
Dresden, Germany; 13 Feb 45: The Bombing of Dresden, Germany »The highly controversial destruction of the city of Dresden has been debated for years. The British and American commanders justified the action as strategic for military and indutrial targets while others viewed it as unnecessary and potentially a war crime.
Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 45: The Battle of Iwo Jima begins » 28% of the 82 Medals of Honor awarded to U.S. Marines during WWII were awarded on Iwo Jima. This speaks to the ferocity of the battle between the the Marines and the Japanese forces. The fight for Mount Suribachi and flag raising on 23 February 1945 would forever become the symbol of U.S. Marines Corps heritage.
Red Beach II - Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 45: Medal of Honor winner John Basilone at Iwo Jima » Many U.S. Marines were heroes in World War II, but a select few stand taller than others. Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism at Guadalcanal and would go on to win the Navy Cross on Iwo Jima. His actions saved many of his fellow Marines on that first day at Iwo. He was also the only enlisted Marine to win the CMOH and the Navy Cross in WWII.
Iwo Jima, 23 Feb 45: Two Flag Raisings on Iwo Jima » The names of Harlon Block, John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley and Michael Strank were forever immortalized in the legendary photograph by Joe Rosenthal as the "Flag Raisers of Iwo Jima." This immortal shot was the second flag raising on Iwo, with the first flag raising photographed by USMC SSgt Louis Lowery. Its "raisers" have been identified (and disputed) as: Harold Schrier, Ernest Thomas, James Michaels, Henry Hansen, and Charles Lindberg.