Matthew Bunker Ridgway (1895-1993) Ridgway planned the July 9, 1943, midnight assault on Sicily, the first nighttime airborne assault in U.S. history. The following year, 1944, he was in command of the XVIII Airborne Corps, directing the Allied assault through the Netherlands, Belgium, and on into Germany. His units overran 5,000 square miles of enemy held terrain, taking 500,000 German POW's.
Start of World War II: September 1939-March 1940
On September 1, 1939, just before Adolf Hitler's invasion of Poland that marked the beginning of World War II, Zygmunt Klukowski, a young Polish doctor, confided in his diary that everyone was talking about war. "Everybody," he continued, "is sure that we will win." The reality was startlingly different.
21 April 1941. Gen. Rommel is awarded with the Italian Medal for bravery in…
Flight Deck: USS Hornet, Battle of Midway 1942. This was a key battle that turned the tide in the Pacific during WWII.
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Men of HQ Troop of 1st Airlanding Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron at Wolfheze on the outskirts of Arnhem, 18 September 1944. The man on the left is manning a PIAT. 18 September 1944 (Imperial War Museum)
WWII First Wave of U.S. Marines Hit Shore on Saipan Under Fire Orig Press Photo
1944- First wave of U.S. Marines to hit the shore on Saipan keep low as they move up the beach under heavy Japanese machine gun fire.
Japanese soldiers being taken prisoner after hiding for 20 days-or so in the caves on Iwo