Allied Forces

Three Events That Altered the Course of the War

By: Mark Loproto

At the start of the War in the Pacific, the United States had suffered devastating defeats that made it seem as if the Empire of Japan could conquer the Pacific.... Read More

Closing In: The Battle of Saipan

By: Mark Loproto

From the moment the United States decimated the Imperial Japanese Navy at the Battle of Midway, every decision was crucial. The war had reached a turning point and one wrong... Read More

December 1941: The Tide of War Turns

By: Mark Loproto

On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland, launching the Second World War in Europe. Across the Atlantic, the United States showed no appetite for getting involved in the European conflict.... Read More

The Solomon Islands Campaign

By: Mark Loproto

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... Read More

The Ceremony Marking the End of World War II

By: Mark Loproto

September 2, 1945. More than two weeks had passed since the Japanese laid down their arms and declared they would no longer fight the Allies in the Pacific. The United... Read More

William S. Pye and the Fall of Wake Island

By: Mark Loproto

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... Read More

The Underwater Demolition Teams of the Pacific

By: Mark Loproto

During the First World War, the Allies suffered great losses due to catastrophic amphibious landings, notably during the Gallipoli Campaign. The US military is always eager to learn from past... Read More

The Kohler Brothers in World War II

By: Mark Loproto

“Why don’t you go together and protect each other?” Mr. Kohler knew his son Charles was itching to join the war that the US suddenly found itself drawn into after... Read More

America’s Response to Pearl Harbor – An Unexpected First Target

By: Mark Loproto

[et_pb_section fb_built="1" admin_label="section" _builder_version="3.0.47"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" _builder_version="3.0.48" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.0.47" parallax="off" parallax_method="on"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" _builder_version="3.0.74" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"]The United States spent the first years of World War II keeping its... Read More

Japan’s Plans After Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

It was a question that many pondered after Japan left the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in ruins. "Why did this happen?" And with more than 2,400 American... Read More

The Guadalcanal Campaign

By: Kellar Ellsworth

The Battle of Guadalcanal, also known as the Guadalcanal Campaign, was the first major Allied offensive against the Japanese after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It took approximately six months... Read More

After Pearl Harbor: The Battles of the Pacific

By: Mark Loproto

More than 75 years ago, the United States engaged Japan in a brutal war across the Pacific. It all started on a quiet Sunday morning, at an unsuspecting naval base in... Read More