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Posted on Apr 10, 2005 in War College

Commentary on the Truman-MacArthur Controversy

Armchair General subscriber and frequent on-line forum participant, Romulo Ludan, provided us with his comments regarding some issues surrounding President Harry S. Truman's firing of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur on April 11, 1951.

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Posted on Mar 29, 2005 in War College

Profile: P-47D Thunderbolt

Affectionately nicknamed "Jug", the P-47 was one of the most famous AAF fighter planes of World War II. Although originally conceived as a lightweight interceptor, the P-47 developed as a heavyweight fighter and made its first flight on May 6, 1941.

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Posted on Mar 1, 2005 in War College

The Role of Women and Minorities during the Second World War

'The Army also had inadequate tanks and aircraft. In a great display of patriotism, millions of American citizens volunteered to become soldiers. From an armed force of only 175,000 in 1941, the U.S. Army grew to more than 8,000,000. Along with the increase in manpower was the industrial mobilization of weapons and military equipment - after the war, the U.S. had created over 250,000 aircraft, and other war machines like tanks had the same booming growth rate.'

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Posted on Feb 3, 2005 in War College

Profile: Supermarine Spitfire Vc

'Unwilling to wait while the Mk. V went into hurried production, the RAF quickly converted more than 100 Spitfire Mk. I aircraft into the Mk. V version. These converted aircraft started arriving at the combat units in March 1941. In addition to these converted aircraft, a total of 6,464 Spitfire Mk. Vs were built between 1941 and 1943.'

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Posted on Jan 5, 2005 in War College

Profile: North American P-51D Mustang

Mustangs served in nearly every combat zone, including the Pacific where they escorted B-29s to Japan from Iwo Jima. Between 1941-5, the AAF ordered 14,855 Mustangs (including A-36A dive bomber and F-6 photo recon versions), of which 7,956 were P-51Ds. During the Korean War, P-51Ds were used primarily for close support of ground forces until withdrawn from combat in 1953."

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Posted on Dec 30, 2004 in War College

Profile: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress

The Flying Fortress is one of the most famous airplanes ever built. The B-17 prototype first flew on July 28, 1935. Few B-17s were in service on December 7, 1941, but production quickly accelerated. The aircraft served in every World War II combat zone, but is best known for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets."

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Posted on Dec 23, 2004 in War College

Profile: Bell P-39Q Airacobra

The P-39 was one of America’s first-line pursuit planes in December 1941. It made its initial flight in April 1939 at Wright Field and by the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, nearly 600 had been built. Its unique engine location behind the cockpit caused some pilot concern, but this proved to be no more of a hazard in a crash landing than with an engine located forward of the cockpit."

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Posted on Nov 24, 2004 in War College

Deep Battle – The Vision of Marshall Tukhachevskii

'Deep Battle requires the first echelon - mainly infantry - directly supported by tanks and artillery to contact the enemy frontage, fixing them in place and preventing reaction to the second echelon - mostly tanks - attacking on a narrow frontage, creating a breakthrough.'

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Posted on Nov 4, 2004 in War College

We Support Ourselves

'Among the comments heard at French military HQ in Hanoi was that Giap 'was an NCO learning to handle regiments.' The leadership were contemptuous of NLF/VM mobility and logistics. Giap's staff officers believe that battle must be joined at Dien Bien Phu, but are uncertain how to provoke the French in an attack.'

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Posted on Nov 2, 2004 in War College

Curtiss P-40E Warhawk

The P-40, developed from the P-36, was America's foremost fighter in service when WWII began. P-40s engaged Japanese aircraft during the attack on Pearl Harbor and the invasion of the Philippines in December 1941.

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Posted on Oct 27, 2004 in War College

King Leonidas & the Spartans

'Leonidas, with a force of 7000, most of them helots, defended the pass at Thermopylae, allowing the other troops more time to prepare. Xerxes marched on, arrogantly, not believing so small a force would oppose him. Leonidas knew, though, that the pass was so narrow that Persian numbers would be negated. For two days, Leonidas and the Spartans blocked the pass, inflicting grievous losses on the tributary forces of Xerxes. '

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Posted on Aug 20, 2004 in War College

Rescue at Remagen

The Ludendorff Bridge, the last intact bridge across the Rhine River into Germany was the scene of an epic struggle between American forces that captured it and German forces bent on its destruction.

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Posted on Jul 30, 2004 in War College

Custer’s Greatest Victory

No American military figure is more controversial than George Armstrong Custer. A general and national hero in his twenties, his fabled death at the Battle of the Little Big Horn only increased his legendary status. But history can be fickle, and history lately has not treated the "boy general" well. His reputation has changed from grand, courageous hero to despised war criminal.

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