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On these days, when The 489th Bomb Group has been reactivated during a ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base and will be the first B-1B Lancer Reserve unit in the Air Force, is time to remember Deputy group commander Lt. Col. Leon R. Vance, who was awarded...read more

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From 1941 German transporters were employed in the supply of North Africa and from the second half of 1941 German sea forces took part in the fighting itself. At this time, Paul Meixner, Kriegsmarine’s Korvettenkapitän, was the German harbor commander at Tripoli...read more

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"Hitler was one of the few politicians who understood that persuasion was everything, deployed to anchor an entire regime in the confections of imagery, rhetoric and dramaturgy. The Nazis pursued propaganda not just as a tool, an instrument of government, but also as the totality, the...read more

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Walter "Gulle" Oesau was a German World War II fighter ace. Oesau was one of the outstanding leaders ever produced by Luftwaffe fighter wings with the likes of Werner Mölders and Adolf Galland. On 11 May 1944, Oesau, leading three aircraft of the Stabsschwarm...read more

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Major Wilhelm Georg Bach was one of the most unusual characters in the Africa Korps - DAK, who led the defense of the Halfaya Pass. Rommel gave him the responsibility for holding it. Bach was one of the most colorful and beloved characters in the whole of the Africa...read more

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Reminiscent of a gangster hold-up, the capture in Libya of Lieut.-Gen. Sir Richard O'Connor and Maj.-Gen. Philip Neame, V.C. on 6 April 1941, was carried out by German motor cycle troops who had pushed on towards the coast from Mechili in the moonlight, and who whisked the officers away from a...read more

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In 1943, during the Second World War, Anderson was an acting major in the 8th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's), in Tunisia. He had been promoted from "lieutenant (temporary captain)" in which rank he was awarded the DSO "in recognition of gallant and...read more

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In this episode Angus is looking at Douglas MacArthur with Walter Borneman.

MacArthur is one of those personalities that war throws up which are hard to pin down. They have a big personalities and seemingly a huge confidence within themselves that overrides everything else (another two...read more

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On the same day that the world was struck by news of a second atomic bomb, the last Victoria Cross of World War 2 was won by a Royal Navy Reservist. No sailor or Royal Marine has been awarded Britain’s – and the Commonwealth’s – highest military decoration since the...read more

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On July 18 1944, while taking part in Operation Goodwood (Battle of Normandy), he was commanding a group of M4 Sherman tanks east of Cagny that suddenly encountered a mixed group of four German tanks at a range of only 300 yards (270 m). The group included one of the formidable Tiger II heavy...read more

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