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In today's blog post, Stephen Turnbull, Osprey author and guest host of Geek Nation's Feudal Japan Tour, looks at some of the best and most loved castles in Japan.Continue Reading

Pearl Harbor - The Day of Infamy

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Today marks the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, a day that Franklin D. Roosevelt declared would 'live in infamy'. The Japanese hoped that their attack would cripple the US Navy, but crucially the American aircraft carriers they hoped to destroy were not present... Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - The Cairo Conference

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On 22 November 1943 the Cairo Conference began, with Chiang Kai-Shek, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill meeting to discuss Allied plans for defeating Japan in World War II...Continue Reading

The First Kamikaze Strike

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On 21 October 1944 the first official Kamikaze strike took place, with the HMAS Australia hit and damaged by a Kamikaze attack. These suicide attacks were the scourge of the US fleet at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, with the Japanese armed forces building upon their initial success with weapons specially developed for Kamikaze attacks...Continue Reading
On 20 October 1944 the Philippines Campaign began with American troops landing on the eastern Phillipine Island of Leyte. They rapidly took control of the beachheads, allowing General Douglas MacArthur to make a dramatic return to the Phillipines following his escape in 1942...Continue Reading
On 30 August 1945 the Imperial Japanese Army handed Hong Kong over to the Royal Navy, restoring British control over the territory...Continue Reading

Victory in Japan - 15 August, 1945.

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On the afternoon of 15 August, 1945 Emperor Hirohito made a radio announcement to the Japanese people. He had agreed to the terms of the Potsdam Declaration, signalling Japan's surrender and the end of World War II...Continue Reading
Today marks the anniversary of the 1942 landings at Guadalcanal. Here is a look inside Campaign 284 - Guadalcanal 1942-43, one of our releases this month that looks at this major campaign of the Second World War...Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - Sinking of the PT-109

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Early in the morning of 2 August, 1943 Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 was struck by the Amagiri, a Japanese destroyer.  It was cut in two, leaving Seamen Andrew Jackson Kirksey and Harold W. Marney dead and two others badly injured. The eleven survivors clung to the burning wreckage, amongst them future US President John F. Kennedy, who was commanding the PT-109 at the time...Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - The Battle of Okinawa

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On the 21 June 1945 the last remnants of Japanese resistance at Okinawa fell, bringing the Battle of Okinawa to a close. The ferocious fighting had lasted for 82 days, and included the largest amphibious assault of the Pacific War, huge kamikaze attacks and an incredible number of soldiers...Continue Reading

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