The war began with the invasion of the Ethiopian Empire also known as Abyssinia by the armed forces of the Kingdom of Italy Regno d'Italiawhich was launched from Italian Somaliland and Eritrea.
We had a sad experience two days after our first mission. We were ready to go on a second mission but got information that the target was overcast, and they scrubbed the mission. So we went back to the barracks to get a little extra sleep, and they woke us up saying we were going on a practice mission out over the North Sea.
We were flying around over England, and there were about planes up that day in formation doing the practice radar missions. One plane hit the No. The fuselage right above our heads ripped apart. The plane was on fire, and the pilot told us to bail.
So we were all over the North Sea, and it just happened there was a squadron of British Motor Torpedo Boats on their way to raid German shipping that night.
There were six of them, and they had seen the hit and the parachutes come out. Bradford from the British Navy picked up five of us alive, one who had drowned, and one who had hit his head on the bomb bay doors and was almost decapitated. Three of them they never found. So five out of 10 of us were still living.
And I was the last one to get picked up. As a tail gunner on a B, he flew more than 25 missions.
I wanted to go home; I was homesick. I had never been away from home. When I say I cried, I cried all night. South Dakota, on his first emotions after shipping out with the Navy I felt like just refusing to go on, but, of course, you always go on. It has nothing to do with being brave.
The general casually turned to the captain: When we got to the Rhine and stopped to gaze at the little flashes of light from the guns at Mannheim, the trivial sounds of war carried across the neutral gray water…. There at the Rhine, I felt the way you do when your football team loses the game in the last few seconds.
There at the Rhine, I felt drained and no longer afraid. With unconcern, I listened to the dismal, far boom of fieldpieces, the thin cracking of rifles, and then we retired from the naked shore. Army during the invasion of Europe.Feb 13, · Bill Mauldin, the most famous cartoonist of World War II, wrote a book in detailing the life of a soldier on the front lines.
Bill knew firsthand the trials and motivations of a soldier because he was one. He joined the Army in at the age of eighteen.
The Beginning of World War II, "What now?' asked Hitler with a savage look " Hitler's interpreter describes the reaction of the Fuhrer and his henchmen to an . Seventy years later, the Veteran’s History Project at the Library of Congress preserves firsthand accounts of soldiers that, like these, show the full scope of the wartime experience.
Oct 29, · Watch video · The instability created in Europe by the First World War () set the stage for another international conflict–World War II–which broke out two .
Mar 21, · The bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces in December effectively turned two existing regional conflicts in Europe and China into a World War.
Aimed at the US naval base on the south coast of Hawaii’s Oahu island, the surprise attack left 2, Americans dead and was the catalyst for the United States to enter the war.
Sep 14, · After World War I, around three million ethnic Germans were living in the area that became Czechoslovakia. By the time World War II rolled around, those Germans were no longer considered racially pure and became subject to the wrath of the Third Reich.