America’s P-38 Lightning Did It All During World War II (It Fought Hitler and Japan)

It was a very unusual plane.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

Key point: The plane broke a speed record for transcontinental flight.

Contrary to most other planes designed and used in World War II, Lockheed’s P-38 Lightning had twin booms ending in vertical stabilizers and rudders.… Read the full article.

Japan Was Ready For America’s Navy, But Not For The B-29 Superfortress

A sound they never wanted to hear.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

Key point: U.S. bombers killed more Japanese than the atomic bombs.

As the Japanese delegation stood on the deck of the battleship USS Missouri on September 2, 1945, preparing to sign the documents that ended World War II, a large formation of Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bombers swooped low over Tokyo Bay as a reminder of the terrible destruction that had befallen their nation and turned Japan’s cities into ruins.… Read the full article.

This Was the 1 Tank Nazi Germany Never Wanted to Face in Battle

And for good reason.

By Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: These tanks were nigh impenetrable, but they couldn’t save France.

At five o’clock in the morning on May 16, 1940 a company of the 8th Panzer Regiment lay in an ambush position along a rubble-strewn street of the French town of Stonne.… Read the full article.

The World Trembled: When Russia and Nazi Germany Were Allies

An evil alliance.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

Key point: Moscow and Berlin worked together to destroy Poland.

On August 23, 1939, Soviet Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, V.P. Potemkin, waited at the Moscow Airport for Joachim von Ribbentrop, Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany.… Read the full article.

The Secret Reason America’s Military Dominates: Nazi Weapons Tech?

Before the guns fell silent in 1945, the Allies had already drawn up plans for gathering as much German technology as they could take. What did they find? 

by Robert FarleyFollow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key Point: Many Americans were disappointed by what they found in Germany.… Read the full article.

Germany’s far-right party has drawn controversial comparisons to Nazis and they’re forcing the country to reconsider how it deals with the Holocaust

By Eliza Relman | Business Insider

Groups of students visit the Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial outside Berlin.
  • Since the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) swept into federal and state parliament on a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment two years ago, the birthplace of Nazism has had to contend with a political party that tolerates Holocaust denialism, nationalist extremism, and racism. 
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Another Vatican Diplomatic Blunder

By GEORGE WEIGEL | National Review

Christmas Eve mass at a Catholic church in Shanghai, China, December 24, 2017. (Aly Song/Reuters)

(This first appeared in September, 2018)

On the 85th anniversary of the Reichskonkordat, no less

Eighty-five years ago, on July 20, 1933, a concordat defining the legal position of the Catholic Church in the Third Reich was signed by Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) and German vice chancellor Franz von Papen.… Read the full article.

How America’s 30th Infantry Division Laid Waste to Nazi Panzers at Mortain

A great battle.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

When American relief troops reached the area seven days later they discovered a panzer graveyard. 

A Column of German Mark V Panther tanks advanced through a thick fog north of the French town of Mortain, blindly firing their machine guns.… Read the full article.