World War II

Operation Grief

Operation Greif (German: Unternehmen Greif) was a special operation commanded by Waffen-SS commando Otto Skorzeny during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. The operation was the brainchild of Adolf Hitler, and its purpose was to capture one or more of the bridges over the Meuse river before they could be destroyed. German soldiers, wearing captured British and U.S. Army uniforms and using captured Allied vehicles, were to cause confusion in the rear of the Allied lines. A lack of vehicles, uniforms and equipment limited the operation and it never achieved its original aim of securing the Meuse bridges. Skorzeny’s postwar trial set a precedent clarifying article 4 of the Geneva Convention: as the German soldiers removed the Allied uniforms before engaging in combat, they were not to be considered francs-tireurs.

US Airborne Tanks 1939-1945

Previous Next Author:  Charles C. Roberts Jr. Reviewed by: Todd Shugart Publisher:  Frontline Books (Pen & Sword Ltd) ISBN:  9781526785022 Price:  £19.99 Date:  2021 Pages:  139 page hardback       The book is packed with diagrams, schematics, photos, and one of the most thorough histories of Allied airborne tanks in the Second World War. The focus …

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Pegasus Bridge: A Pocket Guide by author Neil Barber

Published by Sabrestorm, available from Casemate Publishers Neil Barber’s guide of the sites around Pegasus Bridge is a gem. A fifty-two page long, 4” x 5.7” paperback, the book will truly fit in all except the smallest pockets but comes packed with graphics and black and white photographs. The book lays out a short walking …

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Operation Colossus by author Lawrence Patterson

Published by Greenhill Press, available from Casemate Publishers Lawrence Patterson’s book detailing Operation Colossus, the British airborne raid against the Italian aqueduct providing fresh water to the Apulia region of southern Italy, is far more than a combat history despite being an excellent example of the genre. Patterson details the policy, organizational and doctrinal decisions …

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Valor at the French village of Cauquigny

During World War II, two parachute infantry regiments, the 504th and 505th, and one glider infantry regiment, the 325th, comprised the 82nd Airborne Division. Paratroopers considered themselves elite soldiers who entered battle through the courageous act of jumping from aircraft. They considered themselves a cut above the men of the glider regiment, comprised of “straight …

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U.S tank destroyers move through the fog

The Battle of the Bulge: Germany’s Last Throw of the Dice

In 1944, the Allies firmly turned the tide of World War II with a series of sweeping triumphs in Western Europe during Operation Overlord. The victorious D-Day beach landings in northern France paved the way for the liberation of Paris, which had been under Nazi occupation since 1940. Thereafter, the Germans were in retreat as …

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Amazing story about an American top turret gunner on a B-17 bomber

Millions of Americans served in the armed forces during World War II. They have been called the Greatest Generation. The following is the story of one such man from that generation and his B-17 crewmates. Jack Flynn’s wartime story started like any other Sunday for a seventeen-year-old in December of 1941. However, this Sunday was …

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USS Sable (IX-81) underway on the Great Lakes, June 1945.

The Aircraft Carrier Legacy of Lake Michigan

America’s entry into World War II dramatically increased the ranks of naval aviators, correspondingly expanding the requirement for instruction in operating from an aircraft carrier. Carrier qualification previously took place on board frontline ships, but with the threat of German and Japanese submarines in both the Atlantic and Pacific, the Navy looked to Lake Michigan …

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