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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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Posted in Military History

Paris Abandoned: The Realities of Armistice During World War II

by Anne Sebba Slowly, the terms of the armistice began to sink in. The French had to pay for the 300,000-strong German Army of Occupation, amounting to twenty million Reichsmarks per day, paid at the artificial exchange rate. This was

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Posted in Modern History

Owen Boyd’s Escape From Vincigliata Castle

Owen Boyd

by Mark Felton John Leeming reflected on the journey that had landed him unexpectedly in the hands of the enemy. They had taken off from RAF Stradishall near Haverhill in Suffolk on 19 November 1940 bound for Cairo via the

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Benghabrit: The Muslim Rector who saved Jews from the Gestapo

Benghabrit

by Susan Cahill The Grand Mosque of Paris was built between 1922 and 1926 to symbolize the eternal friendship between France and Islam. It was also meant to express gratitude to the half-million Muslims of the French Empire’s North African

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Posted in Contemporary History

How Operation Torch’s Flame Was Set Alight

by Michael E. Haskew Operation Torch, a highly complex endeavor scheduled for November 8, 1942, involved Allied forces on land, sea, and air.

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Posted in Military History
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