Military History is a vast topic with many specialty niches. This section of Olive-Drab.com includes detailed history of World War II, Vietnam and other conflicts as well as guides to military museums and other military history resources.
"Joan of Arc Saved France" World War I poster motivating purchases of war bond savings stamps. Click on the poster image for more information and larger size.
Today in WW II: 25 Oct 1943 American and New Zealand troops land at Mono and Stirling, Treasury Islands, south of Bougainville [25-27 Oct]. More ↓
25 Oct 1944 First operation by the Japanese Kamikaze Special Attack Force: 55 kamikazes strike 7 carriers and 40 other ships, sinking six, off Leyte, Philippines.
25 Oct 1944 Battle off Samar [Leyte]: US Admiral Sprague skillfully prevents a loss to the stronger Japanese force under Japanese Admiral Kurita.
25 Oct 1944 Battle off Cape Engaño (Leyte): lopsided naval battle resulting in the loss of most of Japanese Northern Force to US Admiral Halsey's carrier planes and battleships [25-26 Oct].
25 Oct 1944 Soviet Red Army enters Kirkenes, the first town in Norway to be liberated from the Germans.
Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.
Military history is a vast topic since warfare has been a constant aspect of the general flow of history. Military history also has great depth. You can make a lifelong study of just one battle or item of military equipment. Many people find military history to be fascinating with a lot of satisfaction derived from understanding what happened and why.
Olive-Drab.com military history is organized into these sections:
World War II: Huge section with narrative of the war, description of campaigns and battles, leaders, maps, and links to web resources.
Unit Histories: History, unit
associations, reunions, locators, current events.
General Military History Web Resources:
Compilations, repositories, links, directories.
Ships and Naval History: Web sites for
ships and the history of sea warfare.
Korean War Web Resources: Resources specific
to the Korean War.
Vietnam War History: Large section with a narrative of the Vietnam War's battles and campaigns, the political backdrop, covering all aspects of the longest U.S. war.
Recent Conflicts: Gulf War and other recent conflicts.
Museums: Pages describing military museums
and their collections.
Sites and Tours: Actual battlefields
and ways to get there.
Reenactment: Groups who keep the history
Magazines, Journals, Periodicals:
History available by subscription.
Every military subject area.
Click on the list item to go there directly.
Within Olive-Drab.com there are many other areas with historical information and there is a lot of overlap with other topics. For an example, check out Origin of the Military Jeep in the Military Vehicles section. So make sure you review the Military Organizations page and the Military Books page along with this page and the other major pages on Olive-Drab.com. Also try Olive-Drab.com Search to look for other references to your topic. Search is available at the top right of every page Olive-Drab.com or on the Directory.
The Society for Military History is devoted to stimulating and advancing the study of military history. Its membership (today
about 2000) has included many of the nation's most prominent scholars, soldiers,
and citizens interested in military history.
Another Olive-Drab.com resource you should look at is the compilation of sources for military photographs. History comes alive when you can see it and Olive-Drab.com lists the best places on the web to find historical photos as well as recent material. Here is one example:
L-R: Joseph H. Eastman, James A. Meissner, Edward "Eddie" Vernon Rickenbacker, Reed Chambers, and Thorne C. Taylor stand beside the plane of famed American "Ace of Aces" and Medal of Honor winner Captain Rickenbacker. The SPAD XIII.C.1 was powered by a 220 hp Hispano-Suiza engine capable of a top speed in level flight of 131 mph. At the 94th Pursuit Squadron ("Hat in the Ring") of the American Expeditionary Force, France 1917-1918.