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  • War Is Hell: A World War II Tank Operator Remembers His Fight Against Germany

    Warfare History Network History, Europe Not a happy story. Here's What You Need To Remember:  Private First Class Irving Bromberg saw a huge puff of smoke erupt from the German tank’s cannon muzzle as it headed straight for his M4 Sherman tank. The round streaked past and missed. Bromberg sat next to the driver in the bow gunner’s seat manning a .30-caliber machine gun. His turret gunner fired the tank’s 75mm cannon, also missing, but the American cannon had an advantage: an automatic...

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  • World War II in Europe Ended 75 Years Ago—But the World Is Still Fighting Over Who Gets to Say What Happened

    The outcome could affect the lessons the world takes from World War II

  • What Afghanistan Can Teach Us About Fighting Coronavirus

    Before militarizing our pandemic response, we need to learn from our actual war failures.

  • 10 weird jobs US troops had during World War II

    National Archives Throughout the course of World War II, old technology was replaced by new equipment and techniques. The result was that troops from the US and other militaries had number of what now seem like strange jobs. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Today's military has some jobs that might surprise you — for example, did you know the Army and Marine Corps have instrument repair technicians? These troops repair musical instruments for the military bands. But during...

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  • Crusader: Britian's Fast and Flawed World War II Fighting Tank

    Caleb Larson History, The Crusader was one of the fastest and most maneuverable tanks of the North African campaign and was particularly suited to the long, relatively flat terrain. By the end of the North African campaign, however, the Crusader’s shortcomings — thin armor and an underpowered main gun — were a big concern. The Crusader tank was one of the most used British cruiser tanks in North Africa during the Second World War. The Crusader was designed to be faster than infantry tanks and...

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  • Evil and Desperate: How Hitler Used Kids and the Elderly to Fight World War II

    Warfare History Network History, Europe The end was coming. Key point: Hitler's dreams were ruined. But he would still drag down millions with him. On October 18, 1944—the 131st anniversary of the Battle of the Nations’ victory over Napoleon in 1813—Reichsführer-SS (National Leader) Heinrich Himmler stepped up to a microphone to make a national radio address announcing the formation of the Nazi Party-controlled Volkssturm, or People’s Militia. Standing with him was the new Chief of the General...

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  • 75 years after victory in Europe, it's time for America to stop fighting World War II

    REUTERS/Tom Brenner This month, the US and the world are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Allies' victory in Europe. The fight against Nazi Germany, and the analogy of good vs. evil, still dominates US national-security thinking. That has produced deeply flawed policy decisions and inhibits our ability to see the world as it actually is, writes Andrew Bacevich, a historian and president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more...

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