World War Two

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


79th Armoured Division

79th Armoured Division: Britain’s Normandy Tank Force

The following article on the 79th Armoured Division is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman’ D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Maj. Gen. Sir Percy C. S. Hobart commanded the 79th Armoured Division, the primary...
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phonetic alphabet

Phonetic Alphabet: How Soldiers Communicated

Phonetic alphabets are at least as old as radio communications, meeting the need for precise transmission of alpha-numeric information, such as map grids. During World War II all combatant nations had standardized phonetics, though the Allies’ multiple systems...
d-day airborne operations

D-Day Airborne Operations: Death From Above

The following article on D-Day airborne operations 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...
churchill family tree

Churchill Family Tree: From Winston to the Duke of Marlborough

This article on the Churchill family tree is from James Humes’s book Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman. You can order this book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Winston Churchill cared deeply about the Churchill Family Tree, because he believed that the past...
finest hour speech

The Finest Hour Speech

This article on the Finest Hour speech is from James Humes’s book Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman. You can order this book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. For Churchill to maintain optimism of British victory in the darkest days of World War II required a...
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iron curtain speech

Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech: Predicting the Cold War

This article on the Iron Curtain speech is from James Humes’s book Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman. You can order this book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech at Fulton, Missouri, on March 5, 1946, ranks as one of the most...
agadir crisis

Agadir Crisis: Forerunner of World War One

This article on the Agadir Crisis is from James Humes’s book Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman. You can order this book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Early in Winston Churchill’s political career he became known for his opposition, during peacetime,...
sarah churchill

Sarah Churchill: Daughter of the Statesman, Ersatz Advisor

This article on Sarah Churchill is from James Humes’s book Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman. You can order this book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Sarah Millicent Hermione Touchet-Jesson, Baroness Audley was a British actress and dancer who lived from...
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