Tag Archives: World War II

The Great Naval Leaders

On May 10 I lectured about the Battle of Midway to Old Dominion University’s Institute of Learning in Retirement. Over the course of a wonderful discussion, I assessed one of the U.S. commanders, Raymond Spruance, as “one of the greatest … Continue reading

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General Chennault Finds Inspiration

Earlier, I blogged about the Civil War ties to Claire Lee Chennault and the Flying Tigers. On 4 July 1942, the Flying Tigers ceased to exist, and the men became the cadre for the China Air Task Force, part of … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: The Fall of Bataan

Today 75 years ago, Major General Edward P. King surrendered 76,000 American and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. This is far and away the largest capitulation in American military history. Bataan’s fall is also rife with … Continue reading

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Pontoon Bridges: The Great Crossings

Yesterday Sarah Kay Bierle looked at the ancient uses of pontoon bridges and its perspectives on the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. While she addressed the difficulties of bridging rivers, I would like to look at the other side of the coin: … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Manila 1941

75 years ago today, Douglas MacArthur ordered the evacuation of Manila. Over the next week, a massive movement of personnel and supplies occurred from the Philippine capital to Bataan and Corregidor. Japanese forces entered Manila on January 2, 1942. There … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Pearl Harbor

Today 75 years ago the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, catapulting the United States into World War II – a conflict that turned out to be the country’s bloodiest save for the Civil War. Many of the U.S. ships in Pearl … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Chennault and the Flying Tigers

One of the most famous flying units of World War II was the American Volunteer Group (AVG) under Claire Lee Chennault (pictured). Known as the “Flying Tigers,” the AVG fought in China and Southeast Asia for 7 months (20 December … Continue reading

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Grant, the Wilderness, and the Loneliness of Command

On the evening of May 6, 1864, Lieutenant General U.S. Grant considered the day’s events. The Battle of the Wilderness had just ended its second day, and Grant’s forces had been  beaten and battered in a way he’d never seen. … Continue reading

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The Great March From Cumberland Gap

Today in 1862 ended one of the epic marches in American military history, the evacuation of the Union garrison at Cumberland Gap to the Ohio River. The men, 7,000 under Brigadier General George W. Morgan, endured a test not often … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Mrs. Longstreet and the B-29

Of all American weapons produced in World War II, including the atomic bomb, the most expensive was the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. Developing and producing the plane cost $3 billion and involved a massive industrial undertaking from plants in all regions … Continue reading

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