The Second World War (1939-1945)

Articles and analysis of World War II.

12 War Lessons from the Movie Patton (1970)

by Scott Manning September 10, 2013
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There is no question that  (1970) is my favorite movie. Since I was a kid, I have seen it more times than I can count and this project took much longer than necessary, as I kept watching large chunks of the movie. Of course, the real person is much more complex than the Hollywood version […]

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When History Becomes More Like Professional Wrestling

by Scott Manning May 16, 2013
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“FDR was a piece of shit. If you disagree, you don’t know history.” That is what someone said to me during a stream of articles last month about President Roosevelt’s attitude and policy toward Jews during World War II. While everyone piled on the president, I pointed out that his attitudes toward Jewish people was […]

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The Bastogne Mardasson Memorial

by Scott Manning May 8, 2013
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While in Luxembourg, a Belgian coworker harassed me, “You’re an American and you’ve never visited Bastogne?” It was true. I was visiting the Low Countries for the third time and I had zero plans to visit the famous town from the Battle of the Bulge. To redeem myself, I showed him a picture of the […]

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A Tale of Two Luxembourg Cemeteries

by Scott Manning April 26, 2013
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Visiting both the Luxembourg American Cemetery and German War Cemetery consecutively provided an interesting perspective on how two peoples on opposing sides have chosen to remember their war dead. Both cemeteries hold soldiers who fought during World War II, many during the Battle of the Bulge. There is a heavy dose of crosses at both, […]

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Luxembourg German War Cemetery

by Scott Manning April 25, 2013
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After visiting the Luxembourg American Cemetery, I convinced my German coworker that we should visit the Germany War Cemetery as well. It just over a mile away. The following description, photos, and video comes from my trip there on April 18, 2013. The German cemetery holds over 10,000 fallen German soldiers who fought during the […]

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Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

by Scott Manning April 24, 2013
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When I learned that Patton was buried 10 minutes from my hotel in Luxembourg, I had to make the pilgrimage. The Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial is a bit of touristy place, but it is well worth the trip. The following description, photos, and video comes from my trip there on April 18, 2013. There […]

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A Closer Look at Churchill’s Battle of the Bulge Quote

by Scott Manning December 19, 2011
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The Battle of the Bulge Monument at the Valley Forge Military Academy and College prominently displays a quote from Winston Churchill (1874-1965), “This is undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war, and will, I believe be regarded as an ever famous American victory.” Although inspiring, this is not the full quote or the full […]

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Battle of the Bulge Monument at Valley Forge Military Academy

by Scott Manning December 18, 2011
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For over a year now, I passed a sign for the Battle of the Bulge Monument on my way to work. I have yet to find anyone at work who visited it, but ironically, I never visited either. This past Friday, on the 67th anniversary of the start of the battle, I decided to check […]

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Churchill’s Earliest Warning About Hitler

by Scott Manning March 8, 2011
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Throughout the 1930′s, Winston Churchill spoke out concerning German rearmament, Britain’s lack of comparable military strength, and Adolf Hitler. Churchill spent most of the decade a mere Member of Parliament and not a member of the British Cabinet. By July of 1939, the British newspapers would demand overwhelmingly that Churchill be made a member of […]

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These Men Beat Hitler

by Scott Manning March 2, 2011
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Years ago, my mom sent me an 8×11 photo of Churchill, FDR, and Stalin at the Yalta Conference. She knows my love for history and she envisioned me hanging this on my wall at work. I did. The photo has followed me from job to job in my career. I am astonished at the amount […]

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