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.


d-day airpower

D-Day: Airpower

The following article on D-Day airpower is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Shortly after D-Day, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower toured the landing beaches with his son, newly commissioned 2d Lt. John Eisenhower. Looking at the concentrated mass of troops and vehicles…

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Army Airborne Units

The following article on army airborne units is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  In the fifteenth century Leonardo Da Vinci envisioned airborne soldiers, and in the nineteenth century Napoleon Bonaparte pondered invading Britain with French troops in hot-air balloons. But…

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Luftwaffe Aircraft: Descriptions and Flight Specs

The following article on Luftwaffe aircraft is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  This article features descriptions of the most important Luftwaffe aircraft in the German aircraft in the run-up and during World War Two. Histories and flight specifications are given…

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British WW2 Gliders: Powerless Flight Into Europe

The following article on British WW2 gliders is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  British WW2 Gliders British WW2 Gliders: Airspeed Horsa Britain’s primary combat glider, the Airspeed Horsa, shared the American CG-4’s general configuration and service history. Like the U.S. Waco, the…

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World War 2 Planes: Aircraft and Gliders

The following article on World War 2 planes is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  World War 2 Planes: Aircraft Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress The Flying Fortress embodied the cherished American concept of precision daylight bombardment and was amongst the deadliest of…

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D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy

The D-Day landing of June 6, 1944, ranks as the boldest and most successful large-scale invasion in military history. Click here to see more articles in this category.       Operation Overlord and The Ramp Up To D-Day For the full "History Unplugged" podcast, click here! On June 6,…

Why Did Hitler Hate Jews? We Have Some Answers

"Why did Hitler hate Jews?" is a question that has long been asked by many, both laymen and historians. Looking at the horrible way Jews were treated during the Holocaust, Hitler’s hate for them must have been really extreme and apparently there were enough Germans supporting his notion that Jews…

What Is Mein Kampf?

Mein Kampf, which means “My Struggle” or “My Fight” is Hitler’s autobiography in which he outlines his ideology and political plans for Germany. After the failure that was the Beer Hall Putch in which Hitler and a group of men tried to overthrow the Bavarian government, he was sentenced to…

Define Yalta Conference

As World War II was heading to its end, the Allied leaders, Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill met at Yalta in the second of three meetings of the so-called "Big Three". This conference had the code name, the Argonaut Conference, and is also sometimes called the Crimea Conference, because it was…

What is a Concentration Camp?

A concentration camp is when, often during war, a large amount of people are imprisoned in a small area without adequate facilities. People in concentration camps were often required to do forced labor or kept there to wait for execution. The word "concentration camp" is usually associated with the Nazi…

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