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Japanese Fire Balloons: World War II

The Revolutionary and the Civil War tore North America apart, but the World Wars and most subsequent conflicts have been largely fought beyond its borders – aside from the glaring exception of the Pearl Harbor attack. Many consider Pearl Harbor to be the last of the wartime civilian casualties on American soil, not including the Battle of the Atlantic. However, this is not strictly true; the Japanese orchestrated a [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:14:35+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Collaboration With the Nazis: World War II

France declared war on Germany on Sept. 3, 1939, becoming one of the first countries, along with Great Britain, to stand up to the Nazi regime. The declaration of war came just two days after the German army invaded and annexed Poland. There weren’t many physical clashes between French and Nazi forces until May 10, 1940, when the Germans invaded France, occupying the northern half of the country, including [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:16:14+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The sinking of the HMAS Armidale: World War II

For Australians 1942 was the most perilous year of the Second World War. A series of victories brought Japanese forces into Australian territory in New Guinea and within a few miles of the Australian mainland. The bombing of Darwin in February heightened fears that an invasion was imminent. This exhibition marks the 60th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Armidale. An important yet neglected episode in Australia's wartime history, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:16:40+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Manila: World War II

The Battle of Manila (February 3, 1945 – March 3, 1945) was a major battle of the Philippine campaign of 1944-45, during the Second World War. It was fought by American and Filipino forces against Japanese troops in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. The month-long battle, which resulted in the death of over 100,000 civilians and the complete devastation of the city, was the scene of the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:19:09+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Falaise Pocket: World War II

The Battle of the Falaise Pocket was fought August 12-21, 1944, during World War II (1939-1944).Landing in Normandy on June 6, 1944, Allied troops fought their way ashore and spent the next several weeks working to consolidate their position and expand the beachhead. This saw the forces of Lieutenant General Omar Bradley's First US Army push west and secure the Cotentin Peninsula and Cherbourg while the British Second and [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:19:38+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The De Havilland Mosquito: World War II

On March 15, 1939, German ambitions and lies combined with lack of British resolve pushed Europe to the brink of war when Germany occupied what was left of Czechoslovakia. After this duplicitous move, Britain and France could no longer stand by and allow Germany to encroach on any more territory. Whereas Germany had been ominously building up its armed forces, Britain and France had done nothing, but now they [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:23:21+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Moscow: World War II

As early as Jul 1941, the Russians knew the Germans were going to breach their defenses and threaten Moscow. On 3 Jul, Lenin's body was moved from Moscow to Tumen to prevent German capture or destruction. Little over two weeks later, on 22 Jul, 127 German bombers raided Moscow, even lightly damaging the Kremlin. As a response, Moscow residents were ordered to build mock houses on Kremlin's grounds and [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:30:42+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Battle of Kwajalein: World War II

The Battle of Kwajalein began on January 31, 1944, and concluded February 3, 1944. In the wake of the US victory at Tarawa in November 1943, Allied forces continued their "island-hopping" campaign by moving against Japanese positions in the Marshall Islands. Part of the "Eastern Mandates," the Marshalls were originally a German possession and were awarded to Japan after World War I. Considered part of the outer ring of Japanese [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:32:52+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

B-25 Mitchell: American Twin-Engine, Medium Bomber

The B-25 Mitchell was a twin-engined medium bomber used in World War II and manufactured by North American Aviation. The B-25 was named in honor military aviation pioneer General Billy Mitchell. Design and Development of the B-25 Mitchell Bomber Experience gained in developing the XB-21 was used by North American in designing the B-25 (called the NA-40 by the company). Only one NA-40 was built, with several modifications later [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:36:02+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Maunsell Sea Forts: World War II

Rising from the water like rusty invaders out of H.G. Wells, the Maunsell sea forts in the Thames Estuary are decaying reminders of the darkest days of World War II. Part of the Thames Estuary defense network, the anti-aircraft tower-forts were constructed in 1942, with each fort consisting of a cluster of seven stilted buildings surrounding a central command tower. When operational, catwalks connected the buildings. When operational, catwalks connected [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:38:55+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , |0 Comments

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