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World War II: The Fear and the Freedom

by Keith Lowe The Second World War was not just another crisis—it directly affected more people than any other conflict in history. Over 100 million men and women were mobilized, a figure that easily dwarfs the number who fought in

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Posted in Contemporary History

Cecil Vandepeer Clarke: Churchill’s Secret Weapon

Cecil Vandepeer Clarke

by Giles Milton Cecil Vandepeer Clarke viewed his caravan with the sort of affection that most men reserve for their wives. He polished it, tinkered with it and buffed up its cream paintwork with generous quantities of Richfield Auto Wax.

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

Major Pappy Boyington: Commander of the Black Sheep Squadron

Black Sheep Squadron

Michael E. Haskew One of the legendary fighting units to emerge from the Solomon Islands Campaign, and more broadly from World War II in the Pacific, was Marine Fighter Squadron 214 (VMF-214), popularly known as the Black Sheep Squadron. The

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Posted in Military History

Churchill and His Money: No More Champagne

No More Champagne

by David Lough An Introduction: Churchill and his Money This book owes its genesis to a provocative history teacher and to a scandalized grandmother. The first tried to stimulate independent thought in his fourteen-year-old pupils by describing Winston Churchill as

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Posted in Modern History

Joe Kennedy Jr.: Fallen Hero of Operation Aphrodite

Joe Kennedy Jr. - Operation Aphrodite

By Alan Axelrod Winston Churchill titled a chapter of his monumental history of World War II “The Wizard War.” It was all about the incredible technological innovations the war both produced and demanded, including such Allied advances as radar and

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Posted in Military History

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