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Operation Bagration And The Destruction Of The Army Group Center

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Monday, June 24, 2019

Two and a half weeks ago the nations of Europe, the United States, and Canada joined together in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, which initiated the Great Crusade—the liberation of western Europe from Hitler’s grip. This week marks the anniversary of another major event in World War II that, though it will be little noticed outside of Russia, was just as important a piece in the mosaic of Allied victory as was D-Day. Operation Bagration, the Red Army offensive into Byelorussia from June 23 to August 19, 1944, resulted in the destruction of 28 of 34 divisions of the German Third Panzer, Fourth, and Ninth Armies of Army Group Center. 

In the News

‘Tubman Command’ Fleshes Out Harriet Tubman’s Role In The Civil War

featuring Elizabeth Cobbsvia The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Saturday, June 22, 2019

In May, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the planned redesign of the $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman would not be unveiled in 2020. With or without having her face on the $20, Tubman is the kind of historical figure who deserves more public attention.

In the News

Pearl Harbor Volunteer Was ‘Great Friend’ To Grieving Families

quoting Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Jim Taylor served 33 years on active duty in the Navy, retiring in 1989 as command master chief of the “Blue Geese” of Patrol Squadron 22 at Naval Air Station Barbers Point.

In the News

VDH Recommends

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Powerline
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

While the academic study of military history is in a state of sickness unto death in the academy, it lives because of its popularity with the American people. In his terrific essay “Why study war,” Victor Davis Hanson observes:

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Elizabeth Cobbs: Local Author Tells Story Of Harriet Tubman In New Novel

interview with Elizabeth Cobbsvia KPBS
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Cobbs discusses her new book, The Tubman Command, and how Harriet Tubman changed America, and why Cobbs is pushing for Tubman's face to be on the $20 bill.

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The Six-Day War And The Golan Heights

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Monday, June 10, 2019

Fifty-two years ago, Israel vanquished its Arab opponents in the Six-Day War, waged from June 5-10, 1967. Israeli victory led to its occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula, and Golan Heights. The war and its outcome had significant implications for the future of the Middle East, and its repercussions echo to this day.

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Lasting Lessons From The Beaches Of Normandy

by Col Timothy "Papa" Murphy, Lt Col Kevin Childsvia The Hill
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Late in the evening on June 5, 1944, U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ominously told his wife before they went to sleep, “Do you realize that by the time you wake up in the morning twenty thousand men may have been killed?”

In the News

Revisiting A Time When War Was The Answer

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia Antelope Valley Press
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

On a bluff above the sand and a half-mile from the ocean’s edge at low tide, which was the condition when the first Allied soldiers left their landing craft, a round circle of concrete 5 feet in diameter provides a collar for a hole in the ground. On the morning of June 6, 1944, the hole was Widerstandsnest (nest of resistance) 62, a German machine gun emplacement.

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Area 45: What’s Next For North Korea With Thomas Henriksen

interview with Thomas H. Henriksenvia Area 45
Friday, May 31, 2019

Will Kim Jong-un ever give up his nuclear ambitions or allow economic reforms into North Korea?

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Jim Mattis’ New Book ‘Call Sign Chaos’ Comes Out In July

featuring General Jim Mattisvia American Military News
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Former Secretary of Defense and Marine Gen. James Mattis has co-written a book that will be released in July. The book titled, “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead” is due to hit the shelves on July 16, and is an extensive retelling of Mattis’ military career, including Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, and the lessons he learned from those experiences, the Associated Press reported.

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