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One of the Most Dangerous Missions of D-Day

D-Day soldiers leaving a boat

by Giles Milton Who was James Eads? And why did he find himself in such danger in the early hours of June 6, 1944? Turns out he was spearheading a mission of such danger that neither he nor his comrades

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The Mission You’ve Never Heard Of: The Hours Before D-Day

Soldiers of D-Day

by Giles Milton Who was Denis Edwards? And why was he dropped behind enemy lines some six hours before the beach landings on D-Day? Turns out he was tasked with one of the most dangerous missions to take place on

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The Kennedy Heirs: A Legacy of Courage

by J. Randy Taraborrelli As is well known by now, the Kennedys have always been a family of dreamers. Long-standing prejudices against the Irish combined with anti-Catholic sentiment had imbued them with great strength and resiliency and also a desire

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D-Day: What Happened on the Eve of D-Day?

American troops approaching omaha beach on DDay

by Giles Milton Who was Howard Vander Beek? And what happened to him on the night before D-Day? Well, it turns out that his quick thinking saved the lives of no fewer than 21,000 men.

Posted in Military History, Modern History

D-Day: What Was Operation Tarbrush X?

Invasion of Normand

by Giles Milton General Eisenhower and the architects of D-Day knew that the Allied landings would only be successful if they had up-to-the-minute information about the German coastal defenses. They already had French spies working on their behalf—and we’ll get

Posted in Military History, Modern History

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