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European Theater of Operations

An Unsolved Mystery From World War II

on Fri, 08/28/2015 - 19:19

On December 16, 1944 the Battle of the Bulge, or Operation Herbstnebel (Autumn Mist), began. It remains the largest battle the U.S. Army has participated in outside of the U.S. Civil War, and hundreds of books have been penned about it. But it is a German commando operation during the Nazi offensive that has created one of the Second World War's more intriguing mysteries. One that remains unsolved to this day.

In the fall of 1944 Adolf Hitler asked Otto Skorzeny to create a special unit to help spearhead Herbstnebel by capturing key bridges over the Meuse River and sowing confusion and panic

The U.S. 9th Armored Division in the Liberation of Western Czechoslovakia 1945

on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 16:03

By Bryan J. Dickerson*

Introduction

On the morning of 7 May 1945 and as the Third Reich collapsed, soldiers of Combat Command A (CCA), U.S. 9th Armored Division mounted up their vehicles and resumed their advance eastward further into north-western Czechoslovakia.  Temporarily attached to the 1st Infantry Division, CCA’s mission was to liberate the Czech city of Karlovy Vary.  CCA’s task forces rolled forward against negligible German resistance. Nevertheless, after only a couple hours, higher headquarters radioed orders for CCA to halt its forces in place.

Top Tank During the 1940 Battle for France?

on Sat, 10/22/2011 - 13:18
Panzer IV Ausf. D
55% (12 votes)
Char B1 Bis
14% (3 votes)
Somua S35
5% (1 vote)
Matilda II
9% (2 votes)
Panzer III Ausf. E, F
18% (4 votes)
Total votes: 22