The Rats of Tobruk

One of the lesser know battles of World War 2, fought by a small yet stubborn force of mostly Australians in the port city of Tobruk, in Libya. Australian troops of the 9th Division, the 18th Brigade of the 7th  Australian  Division, the 18th Indian Cavalry Regiment, the British 3rd Armoured Brigade  and 4 artillery regiments.The force was some 14,000 strong with Australian troops making up half of the contingent. In august the Polish independent Carpathian Brigade and the Czechoslovak 11th Infantry Battalion. Commandered by Lieutenant General Leslie Morshead.

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The Bomb That Changed the World

On August 6, 1945, an event occurred that changed the world in every way imaginable and whose effects we are still living with today.  That was the day that President Truman ordered an act of aerial warfare so destructive that there was no possible retaliation.  That was the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima … Read more

Our Quiet Guardians – The Strategic Air Command

Most Americans don’t think a lot about how the military goes about protecting us on a day-by-day basis.  The agency that diligently guards this nation and is charged with how our military will respond to crisis anywhere in the world is the Strategic Air Command.  And the fact that we take them for granted suits them just fine  They are the quiet guardians of this nation and that is just how they like to be, quiet and efficient.

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U-864 – The Sinking of a Submarine

In 1945, a cat and mouse game between the German submarine U-864 and the British attack submarine the HMS Venturer became such a story that ended in a bold move by the British submarine commander.  The story actually started in 1944 when U-864 was dispatched from Germany under the command of Korvettenkapitän Ralf-Reimar Wolfram with … Read more

The Battle that Saved the War

images/stories/battleofmidway/fighter bombers on patrol.bmpThe reason that World War 2 naval wars is such an exciting part of military history is that there were so many pivotal battles where American military genius turned the tide against a powerful and fearful enemy.  Between Germany and Japan, we faced enemies who were ruthless, powerful and crafty and it took all of the military genius we had to muster to defeat them.  One such brilliant WWII naval battle that turned the war in our favor was the Battle of Midway.

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America’s Very First Aircraft Carrier

There have been many great naval warfare ships over the history of the U.S. Navy. Many aircraft carriers went on to great distinction especially in the heroic battles that were part of World War II Naval warfare history. Names like the Lexington, the Saratoga, the Yorktown and the Enterprise fill the history books of great warships of World War 2 naval warfare. But the humble USS Langley has a long and distinguished career that included becoming the first ship to be retrofitted into an aircraft carrier that make the Langley worth of its own place in U.S. Naval history as well.

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