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Wartime Blackouts: From Drills to Reality

November 20, 2018 ·  
Relations between the United States and Japan were quickly deteriorating. The rulers of Japan wanted to occupy more and more of China and Southeast Asia. The United States sought to prevent this expansion, but to do so meant taking actions that Japan would find unacceptably intrusive. It was no secret that Japan was displeased with […]
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Aerial Photography During Wartime

November 17, 2018 ·  
If you’ve spent much time examining photography during wartime, you’ve likely happened upon images that were clearly taken from overhead. Nowadays, that's not a big deal. Technology has led to cameras being lightweight and compact, making it easy to snap photos no matter where you are. But think back to an earlier time, before the […]
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The Solomon Islands Campaign

November 13, 2018 ·  
Today, you don’t hear much about the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. They’re a popular tourist destination, but otherwise they aren't at the top of most people's minds. During the early 1940s, though, the situation was very different. The Solomon Islands quickly became a focal point of the War in the Pacific after the […]
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Naval Terminology: Manning the Rail

October 26, 2018 · Jason Alghussein
Every branch of the United States Military has its own traditions. For the US Navy, Manning the Rail is an old practice that has gained special meaning at Pearl Harbor. While it may not be a phrase you hear often, if at all, in everyday life, when you’re visiting Pearl Harbor, it’s possible that you […]
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The Secret Japanese Plan for Biological Warfare

October 13, 2018 ·  
As World War II started to draw to its inevitable conclusion, the Japanese became increasingly desperate. Japan, which had had been suffering crippling defeats, wasn't about to go down without causing as much damage to their enemies as they could. That included making plans for a biological warfare attack that would have devastated the west […]
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William S. Pye and the Fall of Wake Island

October 09, 2018 ·  
In the days following the Pearl Harbor attack, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel was relieved of his post as Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet. Considering the nation was suddenly at war, his replacement would have little time to learn the role, as William S. Pye found out over the course of 14 days. On December 17, 1941, just […]
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Native Americans in World War II

October 01, 2018 ·  
The relationship between the United States and the indigenous people of North America is a complicated one that dates back centuries. At one of the nation’s darkest hours, the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, many Native Americans didn't hesitate to join the US military and take part in the war that followed. An […]
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World War II Terms to Know: Kamikaze

September 27, 2018 ·  
Most of the War in the Pacific following the attack on Pearl Harbor was fought with bombs, artillery shells, and bullets. The Japanese, however, had an additional method of attacking. In circumstances when it was deemed more important to inflict damage on the enemy than return home safely, they turned to the act of self-sacrifice […]
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America's Surprising Original Atomic Target

September 06, 2018 ·  
When the use of atomic weapons first became an option during World War II, when and where to use them became the biggest questions. Though the targets eventually chosen were the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Americans had first considered other locations to be the original atomic target. A recent search of the […]
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World War II Aircraft: Douglas C-47 Skytrain

August 31, 2018 ·  
As the threat of war in the Pacific loomed, the Douglas Aircraft Company took a look at its DC-3 fixed-wing propeller-driven civilian craft and saw the opportunity for a military version of the plane. The DC-3 first flew in 1935, but it would be another six years before the military version, known as the Douglas […]
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