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.


Guest Post: Four Things Dunkirk Gets Right About the Iconic Evacuation

The following is a guest post from Warfare History Network. You can view the original post by clicking here.   Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s latest film, has wowed critics since it hit theaters in the U.S. last week, and for good reason. The amazing depiction of three unique and interlocking perspectives on the Battle…

5 Compelling D-Day First-Hand Accounts, From Warfare History Network

The following article on D-Day first-hand accounts is a guest post from Warfare History Network. Please visit their site for photos, maps, and first-hand accounts from history’s most important conflicts. A paratrooper, a beachmaster, a combat engineer, British commandos, and Vierville civilians all give their accounts of the Allied invasion of…

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 British tank force in Normandy. His division was composed of the First Tank Brigade, Thirtieth…

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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 frequently overlapped. For instance, in 1941 the U.S. Army and Navy had…

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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 nineteenth century Napoleon Bonaparte pondered invading Britain with French troops in hot-air balloons. But…

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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 held the keys of understanding the future. His simple and frequently repeated advice…

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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 sense of hope that appeared to civilians and advisors to border…

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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 famous and consequential speeches ever made by someone out of high office,…

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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, to building armaments for armaments’ sake. He thought such expenditures diverted too much taxpayer money from more pressing…

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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 1914 to 1982. She was also known as Sarah Churchill, the daughter of the famed…

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