Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 24 – 26, 1944

Leyte Gulf

Editor: Michael Spilling and Consultant Editor: Chris McNab

In terms of tonnage of warships deployed, the battle of Leyte Gulf is the largest naval battle ever fought. Incredibly engaging 282 vessels as well as 180,000 sailors and pilots. The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) hoped to use the battle to destroy the US Third and Seventh Fleets outside the Philippine Islands. After, isolate the US ground forces and invade the Philippines themselves. Read more ›

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Unbreakable: The Navajo Code Talkers


Michael E. Haskew

The need for swift communication in the heat of battle was readily apparent during the Solomon Islands Campaign. Responding to Japanese attacks, calling in artillery support, and relaying orders to front-line units without allowing the enemy to read the radio traffic offered a distinct tactical advantage for the Marines on Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and elsewhere. Read more ›

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Cecile Rol-Tanguy: Fighting for the Liberation of Paris


by Anne Sebba

On 6 June 1944 Allied forces began the long-awaited invasion of northern France. Operation Overlord, code-name for the Normandy landings, was the largest seaborne invasion in history. British, American and Canadian forces landed on a fifty-mile stretch of coast. Fighting was intense, casualties high and progress slower than the Allies had hoped. The town of Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. The Allies could not break out beyond Bayeux until 1 August. But, as they advanced towards Paris, many towns saw spontaneous demonstrations of support from the local people. The vast majority of them women, often wearing red, white and blue and kissing every soldier in sight. Read more ›

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Operation Market Garden: Arnham, September 17–21, 1944

Operation Market Garden

Editor: Michael Spilling and Consultant Editor: Chris McNab

On 17 September 1944, the Anglo-Canadian 21st Army Group and the First Allied Airborne Army initiated Operation Market Garden.  An audacious ground offensive augmented by the dropping of three Allied airborne divisions into the German rear. Read more ›

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JSOC Missions From Masirah: Taliban Missions in Afghanistan


by Sean Naylor

The vastness of the moonless night sky swallowed the turboprop drone of the four blacked-out Combat Talons high above Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. Headed north, the planes crossed into Afghan airspace at about 11 p.m., October 19. Skimming low across the Registan Desert. On board were 199 Rangers with a mission to seize a desert airstrip and thus send a message to the world that the United States was able to put troops on the ground in Afghanistan at will. Read more ›

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