On a 1943 bombing run, Sgt. Joe Caldwell parachuted into enemy territory when his plane was shot down. He didn’t know where he was. He didn’t speak French. He was terrified.
Stephen Harding is the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller The Last Battle, now in production as a major motion picture, and The Castaway's War, optioned as a major motion picture. Harding is currently the editor-in-chief of Military History magazine and lives in Northern Virginia.
He was the first American casualty against the Japanese, nine years before Pearl Harbor. Today he has a shrine dedicated to him in China.
Peter Ashmun Ames was a Pennsylvania kid who joined MI5 because he couldn’t find a job. His career as a spy didn’t last long, as the IRA was hunting men like him.
Built to ferry dry goods, the schooner Lanikai was destined for a boring life. Instead it found itself in a Hollywood blockbuster and racing to evade the Japanese invasion.
Of the U.S. servicemen put to death for crimes committed during the war, 79 percent were black. While their crimes were heinous, were they given harsher sentences?
When Emperor Hirohito surrendered on August 15, most thought the war was over. It almost wasn’t.