World War Two

All category topics on the military, political, social, and cultural aspects of the Second World War.

All category topics on the military, political, social, and cultural aspects of the Second World War.


French Resistance

French Resistance: The Thorn of Vichy France

The following article on the French Resistance is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The French Resistance was never a homogeneous organization. Through much of the four years of German occupation the maquis was composed of comprised groups and individuals often…

combat engineers

Combat Engineers: From D-Day to Today

The following article on combat engineers is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Military engineering has a long and varied history, dating at least as far back as the Roman Empire. In the Middle Ages castle design and construction became recognized…

eisenhower d-day

Eisenhower and D-Day: His Role in Operation Overlord

The following article on Eisenhower and D-Day is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Dwight D. Eisenhower was Supreme Allied Commander in charge of all forces involved in Operation Overlord and the Invasion of Normandy. Born in Texas and reared in…

DD Tank

DD Tank: Duplex Drive Tanks

The following article on the DD Tank is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  For Operation Overlord, 514 tanks were modified with duplex drive kits intended to give the armored vehicles an amphibious capability. This transformed them into the "DD Tank"…

operation titanic

Operation Titanic: D-Day and Deception

The following article on Operation Titanic is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Overlord remains one of the classic examples of effective strategic deception. Allied planners worked tirelessly to mislead the Germans about the intended landing zone on D-Day, attempting to…

d-day commandos

D-Day: Commandos

The following article on D-Day Commandos is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  British special forces trained and equipped for hit and run operations were called commandos, after the irregular militia organizations of the Boers in South Africa at the end…

combined bomber offensive

Combined Bomber Offensive: Crippling Germany with Non-Stop Bombing

The following article on the Combined Bomber Offensive is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Arising from the Casablanca Conference of January 1943, the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) was a joint Anglo-American plan to destroy or cripple German transport and industry…

navajo code talkers

Navajo Code Talkers in World War Two

The following article on Navajo code talkers is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The Navajo ‘code talkers’ of the U.S. Marine Corps are fairly well known for their role in the Pacific theater, but far less has been published about…

winston churchill life

Winston Churchill Life Summary: A Short Bio

The following article on the Winston Churchill life is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The product of an alcoholic, syphilitic father and promiscuous American mother, Winston Churchill was one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century. Ironically, he would never…

d-day timeline

D-Day Timeline: The Invasion of Normandy

The following D-Day timeline is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  A D-Day timeline cannot only take into account the events of June 6, 1944. The wider events of the war must be included to give context to the largest military…

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