On 7 December 1941, two waves of Japanese naval aircraft struck the American military bases on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, sinking five and damaging three of the battleships in port. In the conventional naval thinking of the day, it was a devas ...

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Breathtaking maneuverability made the Mitsubishi A6M “Zero” in the Pacific Theater a formidable foe through early 1942, but the plane had hidden flaws: it could not take much punishment—there were several points which, if damaged, could cripple ...

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The Luftwaffe’s airlift capability emerged almost by accident. Influenced by the airpower concepts of Giulio Douhet—the famous strategic bombing theorist—it was believed a country’s bomber force could be developed from its fleet of domestic airl ...

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Maj. Robert Thorne, assigned to the G-3 section of the 70th Infantry Division (Trailblazers), was a busy man by mid-February 1945. In between his normal duties of maintaining the current estimate of the situation and preparing plans, he also had ...

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At 7:50 a.m. on 25 November 1942, approximately 10,000 guns and mortars unleashed a massive opening barrage heralding the onset of Operation Mars against the German Rzhev salient. For the next 26 days, seven Soviet armies  comprised of seven tan ...

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New historical evidence continues to shed light on Allied and German plans to use chemical and biological weapons against each other during World War II. Because this evidence is normally published in specialized intelligence, medical, and chemi ...

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