Archive for the 'Wars' Category

Sep 2

Japanese Surrender in Color

Friday, September 2, 2011 12:30 AM


This color film of the Japanese Surrender was taken on 2 September 1945 by Commander George F. Kosco, USN. In 2010, the Kosco family restored the film and kindly presented the NHHC with a copy of the film. Original film is silent.

Jun 19

Battle of the Philippine Sea

Sunday, June 19, 2011 5:42 PM


While June 1944, is most remembered for the events that happened in Normandy, the month also marked the launching of another pivotal D-Day in the Mariana Islands, the inner ring of the island strongholds defending Japan. As expected, the Imperial Japanese Navy contested the invasion of the Marianas, confronting the U.S. Navy in what became known as the Battle of the Philippine Sea on June 19-20, 1944. The first day included massive air attacks against U.S. Navy carriers, during which the Japanese lost scores of planes to defending F6F Hellcat fighters, prompting one aviator to liken the air-to-air combat to… Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 15

Destruction of USS Maine and the Rush Toward War

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:01 AM


The Spanish-American War (21 April–13 August 1898) was a turning point in United States history, signaling the country’s emergence as a world power. The sinking of the battleship USS Maine in Havana Harbor on 15 February 1898 was a critical event on the road to that war. Many Cubans desired independence from Spain, and political instability in those countries led to riots in Havana in January 1898. Concerned for the safety of Americans there, U.S. President McKinley sent Maine from Key West to Havana to remind Spain of America’s serious interest in seeing an end to the Cuban conflict. Spanish… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 10

Battle of Attu: Task Force 51

Monday, January 10, 2011 12:01 AM


In June 1942, the island of Attu in the Aleutian Islands was captured by the Japanese. The island was retaken by American forces in May 1943. This silent film contains footage of the ships of Task Force 51 en route to Attu in 1943 in support of the American invasion. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UM-23.

Sep 10

The Battle of Lake Erie, 10 September 1813

Friday, September 10, 2010 12:01 AM


The Battle of Lake Erie was a pivotal naval engagement between British and American forces during the War of 1812. At the beginning of the War of 1812, the United States sent Oliver Hazard Perry to command the American forces on Lake Erie. When he arrived in Presque Isle (modern-day Erie, Pennsylvania), Perry commissioned several carpenters to build a fleet of ships. Within a year, he had nine ships. However, only two, the Lawrence and the Niagara, were fit for battle. Perry had also assembled a force of about five hundred men to serve under him, and after several months… Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 2

Thank you Greatest Generation!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010 8:34 AM


Aug 25

Burning of Washington, 24-25 August 1814

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 12:01 AM


Psychological and economic warfare, with the intention of deflecting American forces from the northern theater, rather than a desire to occupy territory, dominated British strategy in the Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812. The Madison administration’s decision not to harness a force strong enough to repel British raids of coastal settlements left the bay vulnerable to repeated attacks. The inability of Secretary of War John Armstrong to plan for the defense of Washington prompted the British to risk an inland march to torch the American seat of power. A British invasion force landed at Benedict, Maryland, a port on… Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 6

Atomic Bomb Footage: Tinian (1945)

Friday, August 6, 2010 5:37 PM


Mr. Colamaria has uploaded to our YouTube Channel a silent film about the atomic bomb. Part 1 of this raw, silent footage from Tinian during World War II shows the loading of the “Little Boy” atomic bomb aboard the B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay,” and early morning activity on Tinian on 6 August, 1945, prior to takeoff Part 2 contains footage of the landing of the B-29 “Enola Gay” after completion of its atomic bomb mission over Hiroshima, and the awarding of the Distinguished Service Cross to its pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets. It then shows preparation of the “Fat Man” bomb… Read the rest of this entry »

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