Category Archives: 1930s and 1940s history

“The House of Memory” by John Freely, reviewed by Gregory Crouch for the WSJ

Here’s my latest book review, “Beholding Hell Before Age 20,” of John Freely’s “The House of Memory,” which appeared in The Wall Street Journal on March 16, 2017. Continue reading

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Ever wonder about the human cost of WWII?

Need help visualizing the true cost of the Second World War? Here’s a simple and shocking video that illustrates the staggering number of people whose lives were cut short by that terrible war. Continue reading

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Wartime spy finally accepts she is a French Heroine

A close family friend – her godmother’s father – had been shot by the Germans and her godmother had committed suicide after being taken prisoner by the Nazis. “I did it for revenge,” said Mrs. Doyle. Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor Day in Hong Kong: “Those planes are Japanese!”

Pearl Harbor Day in Hong Kong–which, on the other side of the International Date Line, was December 8, 1941. Description of the Japanese attack on the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) at Kai Tak Airport. Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor Day

A long-neglected article about the Pearl Harbor attack written by Elizabeth McIntosh, a reporter who was there. Along with a recording of FDR’s “Day of Infamy” address to Congress. Continue reading

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Japanese submarine I-400 discovered 2,300 feet deep

Undersea searchers discovered the wreck of the Japanese submarine I-400 in 2,300 feet of water off the coast of Hawaii. A “mega submarine” that was 400 feet long and could launch three bombers, it was secretly scuttled by the US … Continue reading

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RIP Athletic’s great Lou Brissie

tribute to the passing of WWII combat veteran and Philadelphia Athletic’s great Lou Brissie Continue reading

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World War II in 20 photo essays

They’re well worth perusing… Continue reading

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Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: the final disintegration

Harold Bixby’s last ditch efforts to save the CNAC partnership, August 1937. His wranglings with CNAC’s Chinese leadership and with United States neutrality legislation. Continue reading

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Shattered Sword, the best battle narrative I’ve ever read

My review of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully, the best battle narrative I’ve ever read.

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