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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

Sunday Photo - The Battle of Cape Esperance

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On the night of 11 October 1942 the Japanese had planned an operation to bombard Henderson Field, an important Allied airfield on Guadalcanal...Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - Building the Liberty Ships

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On 27 September 1941 SS Patrick Henry was launched by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was the first of the Liberty Ships, described by Roosevelt as ‘a dreadful looking object’ and dubbed an ‘Ugly Duckling’ by Time magazine...Continue Reading
On 26 September 1918 the Meuse-Argonne Offensive was launched. It would be the greatest American battle of the First World War, and after the armistice had been signed Field Marshal von Hindenburg wrote that 'the American infantry on the Argonne won the war'...Continue Reading
In the history of aviation 21 September truly is a day of firsts, with three US aircraft taking to the skies for the first time on this day in history...Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - The Battle of the Bloody Ridge

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The Battle of the Bloody Ridge was fought from 12-14 September, 1942. It saw the Allies, mainly consisting of men from the United States Marine Corps, successfully beat back the attacking Japanese. Behind them was Henderson Field, an important airfield that the Allies had captured earlier in the Guadalcanal campaign...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
Our next Raid title features a pretty extraordinary Special Forces unit and their attack on a seemingly impregnable mountain stronghold in Italy in World War II - Storming Monte La Difensa - The First Special Service Force at The Winter Line, Italy 1943 . So it was especially interesting to learn that The Congressional Gold Medal will be awarded to members of the joing US-Canadian First Special Service Force, known to the Germans as 'The Devil's Brigade' Continue Reading

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