By MICHAEL HASKEW
From Zenith Press.com: "The cadets of the United States Military Academy, West Point, are intimately twined with the country’s history. The graduating class of 1915, the class the stars fell on, was particularly noteworthy. Of the 164 graduates that year, 59 (36%) attained the rank of general, the most of any class in history.
Although Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley, both five-star generals, are the most recognizable, other class members contributed significantly to the Allied victory in World War I, World War II and played key roles either in the post-war U.S. military establishment or in business and industry after World War II, especially in the Korean War and the formation of NATO.
For more than half a century, these men exerted tremendous influence on the shaping of modern America, which remains substantial to this day. Individually, the stories of these military and political leaders are noteworthy. Collectively, they are astonishing. West Point, 1915 explores the achievements of this remarkable group."
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
Contribute to the History
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, and from YouTube: "The Imitation Game - Based on the real life story of Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), who is credited with cracking the German Enigma code, THE IMITATION GAME portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain's top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on."
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The Battles of Monte Cassino begin » 17 January 1944: The four battles involved the U.S., U.K., Canada, Poland, New Zealand and others against the German Army and air forces. Allied success was key in the push through the "Winter Line" (various German defenses) and finally on to overtake Rome. The battle would be very costly with Allied casualties reaching 100k, and the U.S. Fifth Army suffering 90k alone.
The first Warsaw Ghetto Uprising starts » 18 January 1943: The first of the two famous uprisings by Jewish citizens and resistance fighters. The Warsaw uprising was in response to the impending transport by German authorities to the Treblinka extermination camp, also in Poland. The Treblinka toll was 850k.The Pianist, both memoir and film are based upon the true stories of both Warsaw uprisings.
US Army Pvt. James Arness lands on Anzio Beach » 21 January 1944: James Arness, famous for his role as "Marshall Matt Dillon" on the hit TV series Gunsmoke, was also a veteran of the Battle of Anzio, Italy. James was the first soldier off of his landing craft because of his height (6'6") - he was the 'depth finder'. He was later the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
The Battle of Anzio begins» 22 January 1944: The combat actions by Allied forces at Anzio (U.S., U.K. & Canada) were implemented to flank the German defenses and fortifications at the "Winter Line". Losses from both the Allied and Axis forces were about equal, with the Allied tally at 43k. The Winter Line was ultimately defeated and Rome would be taken and secured by 5 June 1944.
Sgt. Bill Mauldin fights at Anzio » 23 January 1944: Sgt. Mauldin served with the U.S. Army's 45th Infantry Division which would also see action at Anzio, Italy. A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist from the United States, he was most famous for his WWII cartoons depicting American soldiers, as represented by the archetypal characters Willie and Joe, two weary infantry troopers who stoically endure the difficulties and dangers of duty in the field.
The Battle of Makassar Strait erupts » 24 January 1942: The Battle of Makassar Strait was the first naval engagement of World War II in the Pacific. The Allied force consisted of American, Dutch, Australian, and British ships against a Japanese invasion convoy destined for Surabaya. The engagement turned into Japanese victory--key to their hold on the Dutch East Indies.
The Battle of Bastogne comes to an end » 25 January 1945: The Battle of the Bulge would prove to be the most costly battle of the entire war. American losses were approximately 19,000 with 47,500 wounded and 23,000 missing. This major battle over the winter of 1944-1945 was as serious for the German Army which suffered nearly 85,000 losses.
The Siege of Leningrad ends » 27 January 1944: The prolonged battle for the city of Leningrad was not only one of the longest (29 months) fights for a city in modern history but also one of the costliest in terms of casualties. (After Berlin and Stalingrad) The German forces were ultimately driven out by Soviet forces on the 27th of January in 1944.
Stalag Luft III POWs evacuated from camp » 27 January 1945: The Stalag Luft III POW camp is most noted and famous for its "Great Escape", the true story which inspired the book by former POW Paul Brickhill in 1950, and the movie, 'The Great Escape' by United Artists in 1963. In January of 1945, With Russian troops closing in to liberate the POW camp, the Luftwaffe guards and officers marched the Allied POWs 50 miles over two days to Spremberg, Germany.