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Hitler’s Soft Underbelly – The Invasion of Sicily

Opening a Southern Front: Operation Husky and the Allied Invasion of Sicily (9 July – 17 August 1943) Generally speaking if we hear mention of the Allies invading Nazi-occupied Europe during the Second World War we conjure up images in our heads of the June 6th, 1944 when several hundred thousand Allied troops landed on […]

Drug Use, the Nazis and the Second World War

When looking back at the Second World War perhaps one of the most unusual aspects of the entire conflict is the speed and seeming ease with which Nazi Germany overran and conquered the Low Countries and France in just a six week period in the summer of 1940. After all the Allied forces of Britain […]

Preventing Hitler From Acquiring a Nuclear Bomb

The Norway Heavy Water Raids, 1940–1944 What would have happened if the Nazis had acquired the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb during the Second World War? It is a troubling thought. Perhaps they might have shown some restraint in utilizing it in the early stages of the war. After all, even the Nazis would […]

The Emergence of Modern Aerial Warfare

The Development of Aerial Combat during the First World War – Part II As we saw in Part I of this discussion of the development of Aerial Combat during the First World War the first years of the conflict between 1914 and 1916 were a formative period during which the major powers experimented with very […]

From Zeppelins to Bomber Planes

The Development of Aerial Combat during the First World War – Part I Just over a decade before the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914 the first heavier-than-air powered aircraft was successful launched into the sky. This occurred at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina on the 17th of December 1903 when Orville […]

The Emergence of Tank Warfare: The Battle of Flers-Courcelette

What is often forgotten about the First World War is that it was the first pan-European war to have erupted in nearly a century. Not since the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars at Waterloo in 1815 had all of the major European powers been at war with each other. As such the First World War […]

The Bloodless Liberation: The Channel Islands during the Second World War

Britain avoided a direct Nazi invasion in the course of the Second World War. The country was certainly dreadfully impacted upon. The Blitz saw an intensive aerial bombardment of the country by Germany between the autumn of 1940 and the summer of 1941, while intermittent bombings and rocket strikes continued through to 1945. Similarly the […]

The Assassination Of Reinhard Heydrich

During the course of the Second World War there were many attempts to assassinate both the head of the German Reich, Adolf Hitler, and several other leading members of the Nazi regime. For instance, at least three different assassination attempts were planned for when the German chancellor visited Poland in March 1943. Most famously, a […]

Remembering “the Forgotten Battle”: The Aleutian Islands Campaign

The Pacific War is remarkable as a theatre of the Second World War in which almost none of the fighting occurred on the sovereign territory of the two main actors, the Empire of Japan and the United States of America. Most of the fighting actually took place in regions such as Midway Island, Guam, the […]

Interrupting Axis Supply Lines in North Africa: The Raid on Sidi Haneish Airfield

Of all the fronts in the Second World War that in North Africa was the most evenly contested between the Allies and the Axis Powers in the early years of the Second World War. Where Germany had quickly overrun Poland in 1939 and then Denmark, Norway, the Low Countries and France in 1940, the war […]

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