The people of Paris were nervous, and with good reason. In the days since the August 3, 1914, declaration of war between France and Germany, the Germans had advanced rapidly through Belgium and northern France, and their First Army had reached the Marne River, just 30 miles east of Paris.
Future NY Mayor Fiorello La Guardia was a 35-year-old freshman congressman when the United States went to war in 1917.
Even though he died in 1937, long before the summer of 1940, aircraft designer R.J. Mitchell is often described as a hero of the Battle of Britain. Indeed, his Supermarine Spitfire is considered a veritable “saviour” of the country.
B-24 bomber wrecks on remote Alaskan islands stand as mute testimony to the hard-fought air war during the Aleutians campaign.
A textbook intercept and missile launch by U.S. Navy F-4 Phantoms resulted in the first confirmed MiG kills of the Vietnam War.