The Five Best U.S. Fighter Aircraft of All Time

Let the debate begin: America’s best weapons of war in the air. 

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

What qualities make a great fighter aircraft? Speed or maneuverability? Armament or ruggedness? How many enemies it shot down, or how often it managed to avoid being shot down?… Read more

Nazi Germany Didn’t Create the ‘Blitzkrieg’

Plan 1919 would have amassed an astonishing 5,000 tanks for a sledgehammer assault to crush the German army on the Western Front of World War I.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: The great irony, of course, is that Plan 1919 did see the light of day.… Read more

Your History Book Has It Wrong: This Battle Won World War II—Not D-Day

Just because it was lesser-known doesn’t mean it wasn’t important.

by Connor Martin | The National Interest

Key point: the Battle of Midway may not be as famous as D-Day, but it was a turning point in the war.

Thursday, June 6th saw the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion at Normandy, the amphibious assault phase of Operation Neptune, or what we commonly remember as D-Day.  … Read more

Meet The M103: America’s Heavy Tiger Tank That Was Late To World War II

Better late than never.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: Even with its flaws, the M103 was still useful.

By 1945, the U.S. Army had cause to regret one of its most fateful choices of World War II: the decision not to build heavy tanks.… Read more

Italy’s ‘Miss Hitler’ Among 19 Investigated for Starting New Nazi Party in Italy

A 36-year-old winner of an online Nazi pageant and a 50-year-old mother were among the masterminds of a far-right political party that wanted to return Italy to its darkest past.

By Barbie Latza Nadeau, Correspondent-At-Large | The Daily Beast

ROME–The tattoo of a Nazi eagle above a swastika that spans the back of Francesca Rizzi leaves no doubt about her political ideology.… Read more

This Made Hitler Mad: Why Allied Commandos Stormed Nazi-Occupied Norway to Destroy Fish Oil Factories

The raid at Vågsøy was planned with an unusual target in mind: fish oil factories. The Nazis were interested less in the dietary benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids, so much as the oil’s ability to be distilled into glycerin to produce the nitroglycerine used in most high-explosive bombs and shells. 

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Meet the M3 Medium Tank: It Had Two Main Guns and Was the “Coffin for Seven Brothers”

Was this weird-looking tank among the worst ever? 

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

The M3 medium tank, largely overshadowed by its successor the M4 Sherman, has a few stylish distinctions to it: It had two names, after American civil war generals who were archfoes. … Read more

To Beat Nazi Germany, America’s Air Force Had To Reinvent Itself (And How It Waged War)

Learning on the fly… literally.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

Key point: Thanks to the introduction of better fighters and the use of aggressive, realistic offensive fighter doctrines, American airmen attained—not the air superiority they sought, but—total air supremacy over the whole of western Europe.… Read more

As Soon As Hitler Was Dead, Great Britain Started Planning To Invade Russia

Meet Operation Unthinkable.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: The British and American alliance with Russia only lasted as long as Hitler.

In the spring of 1945, Winston Churchill asked his military chiefs to prepare a secret plan.… Read more

Hitler birth house in Austria to become police station

By AFP

Anti-fascist protesters organise a rally outside the building every year (AFP Photo/JOE KLAMAR)

Vienna (AFP) – The house where Adolf Hitler was born will be turned into a police station, Austria’s interior ministry announced Tuesday, after years of legal wrangling as the government looks to prevent the building from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.… Read more