Was the M4 Sherman Tank a “Superior Tool of War” or a “Death Trap”?

The controversy over the Sherman continues today.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

For the Allied tankers and infantrymen of the American, British, Canadian, and Free French armies battling German Panther and Tiger tanks in Normandy in the summer of 1944, the Sherman tank’s failures were glaringly evident as their own shells bounced off the hulls of the Nazi armor and they were themselves destroyed at a far greater range by the powerful German tanks.… Continues

Hitler’s Secret Plan to Win World War II: Kill These Three Men

The assassination was scheduled to take place in Tehran, the capital of Iran, after the three Allied leaders announced plans to meet there to hammer out the final strategy for the war against Nazi Germany and its Axis allies.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

Key Point: The Tehran Conference was one of the most important moments of World War II.… Continues

Meet the World War II Tanks That Ended Hitler

The Allied victory over Nazi Germany was won on the back of well over tens of thousands of medium tanks churned out by Allied factories over the course of the war. 

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Here’s What You Need To Remember: Allied tanks were engineered for mass production and to handle routine battlefield tasks well, rather than being over-engineered to survive the heaviest guns or penetrate the thickest armor.… Continues

Your History Book Is So Wrong: What You Know About World War II Is Wrong

Much of our WWII history makes assumptions or simplifies what happened.

by James Holland | The National Interest

Here’s What You Need To Remember: Almost every narrative history of the war ever published almost entirely concentrates on the strategic and tactical levels, but gives scant regard to the operational, and the result is a skewed version of events.… Continues

U.S. soldier plotted with a satanic neo-Nazi cult to stage ‘murderous ambush’ on his unit, feds say

By Allyson Chiu | The Washington Post

(This article first appeared on June 23, 2020)

As Ethan Melzer’s Army unit prepared to deploy in April, the young private recognized that he could be killed while overseas and expressed an apparent willingness to die.… Continues

Sonderkraftfahrzeug: Meet the Vechicle that Moved Hitler’s War Machine During World War II

The Sd.Kfz. 2 was most used in Russia on the Eastern Front. In that intense conflict, the Sd.Kfz. 2 was used mostly as a support vehicle for towing or moving small amounts of troops or equipment in its small crew compartment or in a compact two-wheeled trailer.

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Hitler’s Killers: Here’s What Made These Two Nazi Snipers So Deadly

Great skill and a powerful Mauser rifle did it.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

Key Point: The fight was brutal and snipers were used to slow advancing forces. Here’s how Berlin tired to salavage its increasing number of defeats.… Continues

‘Mr. Jones’ Film Review: Uneven Period Drama Explores Soviet Atrocities

by Steve Pond | The Wrap

Polish director Agnieszka Holland is best known for epic films that explore the inhumanity of World War II, the Oscar-nominated “Europa, Europa” and “In Darkness,” both set in German-controlled areas during the war, among them.… Continues

Nazi Germany No More: What If Adolf Hitler Didn’t Survive World War I?

Hitler was wounded and nearly killed in World War I.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Here’s What You Need To Remember: World War II destroyed Germany and Japan as great powers. The UK and France were left a shadow of their former selves.… Continues

Blitzkrieg Lessons for 2020

by Taylor Dinerman | National Review

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E ighty years ago, on May 10, 1940, Winston Churchill took over as Britain’s prime minister and Hitler launched his attack on Holland, Belgium, and France. The Blitzkrieg, as it became known, was a spectacular military success: In less than six weeks Nazi Germany defeated the Allied armies and occupied the Low Countries and a big part of France while at the same time kicking the British off the Continent.… Continues