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Eisenhower and the Road to D-Day

by Michael E. Haskew The marshaling and training of the Allied forces that were to strike Hitler’s Fortress Europe on D-Day were collectively a massive undertaking. Airborne exercises took place throughout the winter and spring of 1943–44, including night jumps,

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Colonel Peter Ortiz and the Covert Marines

Colonel Peter Ortiz

Michael E. Haskew Among the most compelling and least known U.S. Marine exploits of World War II is the saga of 41 intrepid Marines who served with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in the European Theater. The covert Marines

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VMF N-541: Night Fighter Squadron in the Philippines

Michael E. Haskew VMF N-541 Night Fighter Squadron During the spring and summer of 1944, the buildup for the long-awaited return of General Douglas MacArthur and the U.S. Army to the Philippines was proceeding at a rapid pace. Amid the

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Major General William Rupertus: The Marine Rifleman’s Creed

Michael E. Haskew Major General William Rupertus was a tough old school Marine. He grudgingly refused to relinquish the preeminence of his 1st Marine Division on Peleliu to the Army’s 81st Infantry Division. Commissioned into the Marine Corps in 1913,

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Gustav-Cassino Line, Nov 1943 – May 1944

Gustav-Cassino Line

Editor: Michael Spilling and Consultant Editor: Chris McNab The Gustav-Cassino Line was a German defensive position constructed in late 1943 across Italy.  From Gaeta, south of Rome, through Cassino, the Apennine Mountains and stretched onto the Sangro estuary on the eastern coast. It took

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