Learning the Art of War – 1. Pre-Flight

During the first two weeks of April, 1942, the war news was pretty bleak.

In Europe, Adolf Hitler was planning a summer offensive against Russia’s oil fields in the Caucasus and a move to seize Stalingrad.

In the Pacific, Japan was gaining control of the Philippines and, on the 9th of April, over 60,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war began a forced relocation that is now known as The Bataan Death March.

At sea, the Japanese Navy sank the Royal Navy cruisers, HMS Cornwall and Dorsetshire, the aircraft carrier, HMS Hermes, and the Royal Australian Navy destroyer, HMAS Vampire. Continue reading “Learning the Art of War – 1. Pre-Flight”

A Girl from Maine Goes to War

On June 6th, 1944, allied forces crossed the English Channel, stormed the beaches of Normandy, and began pushing the Germans back towards Berlin. The long planned and eagerly anticipated D-Day invasion was the beginning of the end of the Nazi nightmare that had gripped Europe since September of 1939.  

However, at that moment, no one knew when the war would be over. No one knew it was going take 11 more months of world-wide death, destruction, and heartache before Germany finally surrendered and another two months after that before Japan capitulated.

Continue reading “A Girl from Maine Goes to War”