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Band of Brothers: A Look Back at One of the Top War Films of All Time
By SCOTT LYONS
Can it be possible that we’re getting closer to fifteen years since HBO’s successful Band of Brothers miniseries debuted in 2001? Full Story »
Sand and Heat: Reflections on The Pacific
By SCOTT LYONS
After studying HBO’s The Pacific, and historical research on many of the Marines portrayed in this 2010 film, I’ve become an adherent to this miniseries. Full Story »
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Benjamin Carter Hett’s Burning the Reichstag: An Investigation into the Third Reich’s Enduring Mystery, delivers an exemplary in-depth [...] Full Review
Christian Hartmann's new book is a fresh look at Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union and War on the Eastern Front. Full Review
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Such a sweet letter from so long ago. Sometimes we forget that even in times of war, love can bloom.A mysterious letter that sat unopened for nearly 70 years, and was found last month tucked inside a book bought at a Florida thrift shop, was finally…Continue
Hi Everyone,If you'd like to have your family member's WWII-era photographs included in our Hall of Heroes Photo Albums (all three Photo Albums are currently coded on the Home page, lower left) here are the three easy steps to do so:1. First,…Continue
RIP Sir.When Walter D. Ehlers was 23 years old, he charged through enemy fire to destroy two German machine gun nests, kill seven enemy soldiers, put a halt to a mortar barrage and carry a wounded buddy to safety – all after he had been shot in the…Continue
P A C I F I C T H E A T E R O F O P E R A T I O N S
Bismarck Sea; SW Pacific area; 2 March 1943: Battle of the Bismarck Sea » The Japanese commanders had decided to move over 100k troops from China and Japan in to the New Guinea area. The Japanese convoy of eight destroyers, eight troop tarnsports and 100 fighter aircraft moving the 51st Infantry Division were intercepted by the USAAF and RAAF on the 1st and 2nd of March.
Burma, Southeast Asia; 8 March 1944: Merrill's Marauders » Merrill's Marauders, fought in Burma against the Japanese forces and were the Army's first Ranger unit. Led by Major General Frank Merrill, the unit was made up of experienced jungle fighters exclusively. In March and subsequent months of 1944 while vastly outnumbered, the unit advanced 750 miles through some of the harshest jungle terrain in the world.
Bougainville, Solomon Islands; 15 March 1944: The Bougainville Campaign continues » The Allied forces consisted of major units from all US branches as well as forces from New Zealand, Fiji and Australia. The 93rd Infantry Division would later reinforce and become the first African-American infantry unit to see action in WWII.
Iwo Jima, Japan; 20 March 1945: Correspondent Robert Sherrod on Iwo Jima » Robert Sherrod was best known for his years of writing and editing for TIME and LIFE magazines during WWII. He accompanied the US Marines at Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Tarawa and Attu. Sherrod said of Iwo Jima, "at the end of a fortnight's bloody fighting there is no longer any doubt that Iwo is the most difficult amphibious operation in U.S. history."
Washington DC; 26 March 1943: 2nd Lt. Elsie Ott, USAAF »US Army Air Force nurse 2Lt. Elsie Ott becomes the first woman to receive the US Air Medal for care she provided five casualties during a ten-thousand mile flight from India to Washington D.C. - her first ever airplane flight. No doubt the five evacuees aboard the aircraft would have concurred on her being awarded the Air Medal.
Iwo Jima, Japan; 26 March 1945: The fighting on Iwo Jima ends » The 35-day battle finally came to an end on this day. The Battle of Iwo Jima, or Operation Detachmentas it was known by the U.S. forces, saw some of the most brutal combat of the Pacific War. The strategic importance of victory on Iwo was for its two airfields, which would prove vital for B-29 landings and ultimate delivery of the atomic bombs.
E U R O P E A N T H E A T E R O F O P E R A T I O N S
Narva, Estonia; 1 March 1944: The Battle of Narva continues » Like many smaller countries during WWII, Estonia was caught in the middle between Germany and the Soviet Union. Stalin wanted Estonia for air bases as well as its bordering the Gulf of Finland for seaborne initiatives. The battle of Narva would rage on from February to August of 1944.
The Ludendorf Bridge, Germany; 7 March 1945: The Bridge at Remagen »The Ludendorf Bridge was known as the Bridge at Remagen during WWII. It was named after German General Erich Ludendorf during WWI, who was a proponent of the bridge's creation in 1916. Its capture by the Allies was strategic as it was the only remaining bridge over the Rhine River into Germany.
Washington DC; 11 March 1941: Lend-Lease is enacted » $50 billion dollars ($759 billion in today's dollars) in supplies were given to Britain, China, the Soviet Union and France towards their war efforts. FDR and the people of the United States were hoping to maintain a stance of non-interventionism. A hope that would change on 7 December of this same year.
Berlin and Smolensk; 13 March 1943: Operation Spark; The plots to Kill Hitler » General Henning von Tresckow coined the "Spark" codename, believing that after such a spark, Hitler's death, would other collaborators agree to join the coup to end the war. von Tressckow was reassigned to command a battalion on the eastern front in October of 1943, after the failed attempts.
Cassino, Italy; 15 March 1944: The third battle of Monte Cassino begins » The Third Battle of Monte Cassino began on this date. The four battles involved the U.S., U.K., Canada, Poland, New Zealand and others against the German Army and air forces. The ancient abbey at Monte Cassino was destroyed from Allied bombing, of which its necessity is still debated. More controversy surrounded the competition between British and American commanders to be the first to liberate Rome after the Battle of Anzio.
Kursk, Soviet Union; 20 March 1943: The Battle of Kursk continues » 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. The Battle of Kursk was as vital and strategic in victory for the Soviet Union as its efforts at Leningrad and Stalingrad.