World War II

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Mobility, Vigilance, Justice: The U.S. Constabulary Forces in Germany, 1946-1952

Written By David A. Kaufman Following the surrender of Nazi Germany on 8 May 1945, the U.S. Army was faced with several complex tasks regarding its personnel In Europe.  First,…

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U.S. and German Field Artillery in World War II: A Comparison

Written By: William G. Dennis At the beginning of World War II, the U.S. Army’s primary field artillery pieces were the French-designed M1897 75mm gun and M1918 155mm howitzer (above).…

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The 505th Infantry Regiment

Written By: Nicholas C. Welsh Throughout its long and storied history, the 505th Infantry Regiment has maintained a proud legacy within the U.S. Army and upheld the fighting spirit established…

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No Greater Glory: The Four Chaplains and the Sinking of the USAT Dorchester

Written By: Command Sergeant Major James H. Clifford, USA-Ret. In the early morning hours of 3 February 1943, First Sergeant Michael Warish nearly gave up hope as he floated helplessly in…

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Railroaders in Olive Drab: The Military Railway Service in WWII

In July 1861, Confederate Brigadier General Joseph E. Johnston dramatically demonstrated the importance of railroads in modern warfare when he moved 12,000 troops by rail from Piedmont Station (now Delaplane),…

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Rudder’s Rangers and the Boys of Pointe du Hoc: The U.S. Army Rangers’ Mission in the Early Morning Hours of 6 June 1944

Written By: Megan Johnson  Pointe du Hoc, a prominent position along the coast of Normandy, was a focal point of the amphibious  assault by U.S. forces during the early morning…

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The Persian Gulf Command and the Lend-Lease Mission to the Soviet Union during World War II

By Lieutenant Colonel Danny M. Johnson, AUS-Ret. When the subject of the the U.S. Army and the Persian Gulf comes up, the first thing today’s Americans often think of is…

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“Skirted Soldiers”:  The Women’s Army Corps and Gender Integration of the U.S. Army during World War II

By Melissa Ziobro Prior to World War II, the Army occasionally used women in “gender appropriate” roles.  For example, civilian women, often known as camp followers, cooked and performed other…

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The Dogs of War: The U.S. Army’s Use of Canines in WWII

Written by Seth Paltzer Throughout history, dogs have accompanied man at work and play.  Even in the midst of men’s wars, dogs have been found serving in functions ranging from…

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The Other Foe: The U.S. Army’s Fight against Malaria in the Pacific Theater, 1942-45

Written By: Seth Paltzer Disease has always had a major impact on armies at war, often producing more casualties than combat wounds.  The history of the U.S. Army is full…

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