U.S. Military History

This website is dedicated to telling the history of American military battles from the American Revolutionary War to present day. We have just started, so coverage-wise we are lacking in battles and even entire wars, but over time this site will become more detailed and in depth. We hope you can help us with this project by leaving helpful and insightful comments and contriubtions.

Pearl Harbor Attack

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Described as the “date that will live in infamy” by President Roosevelt started out as any other Sunday on December 7, 1941 at the United States naval base in Pearl Harbor located on Oahu, one of the Hawaiian islands. At 7:55 am, over three hundred Japanese planes dropped bombs on eight U.S. battleships. Seven were lined up in Battleship Row,…

Battle of Chancellorsville

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The Battle of Chancellorsville was one of the most significant military encounters occurring during the Civil War. During the time period of April 30 to May 6, 1863 in Spotsylvania, Virginia near the town of Chancellorsville, this battle was engaged between Union Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker’s Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia with General…

Battle of the Wilderness

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The Battle of the Wilderness introduced Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s historical engagements against Gen. Robert E. Lee into the landscape of the Civil War. Fought May 5 – 7, 1864, this was the first encounter that pitted these two infamous leaders against one another. The fighting was bloody and brought heavy casualties to both sides. Background On May 4th,…

Battle of Okinawa

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The battle of Okinawa began on April 1, 1945 as the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Okinawa is one of the Ryuku Islands of Japan. The largest, and southernmost, island in the chain, Okinawa became an important asset to the American forces fighting in the Pacific Theater. Okinawa was strategically important to the US…

Battle of Tarawa

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After winning Guadalcanal from the Japanese in February of 1943 during World War II, the United States decided that it needed to advance to the central Pacific in order to get closer to Japan. Naval wisdom of the day maintained that troops must have ships to back them up, so any land assault needed to be made with naval firepower…

Battle of Belleau Wood

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The spring of 1918 marked the first opportunity in World War I for the forces of the United States, in coordination with their French and British Allies, to operate on a large scale against the German Army. The war that had begun in Bosnia in 1914 was soon to finish but few in the fighting nations could have known that….

Battle of Peleliu

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Peleliu, a tiny volcanic island about 500 miles east of the Philippines, was the site of one of the most fierce and costly battles of World War II. Held by nearly 11,000 Japanese troops, it was seen by some members of the military as a potential threat to future Allied operations in the Philippines, while to some others, it was…

Battle of Spotsylvania

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The Battle of Spotsylvania, sometimes also called the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, took place in Virginia from May 8-21 in 1864. It was an important battle in the American Civil War. Although it ended with no conclusive winner, its casualties were high. The battle was part of Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign. Grant was in charge of all…

Meuse-Argonne Offensive

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The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the final Allied offensive in World War I that pushed the Germans to surrender on November 11, 1918. The Germans had gained some land and success in France during its spring and summer campaigns. However, the Allies, with numerous fresh American divisions coming in, decided to make a decisive push against Germany in the fall of…

Battle of the Bulge

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The Battle of the Bulge was one of World War II‘s most important military confrontations and perhaps one of the most influential events of the twentieth century. It occurred near the end of the war, from mid-December 1944 until the end of January 1945 and was at its core a German assault on parts of central Europe, most notably Belgium,…