John Rhodes

The D Day Beaches

The price of freedom “Two kinds of people are staying on this beach: the dead and those who are going to die. Let's get the hell out of here!”—Colonel George Taylor, 16th Infantry Regiment On June 6th, 1944, American, British, and Canadian forces landed on the beaches...

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D is for Deception & Disguise

The tangled web of lies that fooled Hitler The story of D Day is a story of selfless bravery, brilliant planning, and superb logistics—but also the story of a complex set of tricks and fakes which confused the enemy and contributed greatly to the successful invasion....

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D-Day 80 Years On

Men of the 2nd Ranger Battalion on the heights of Pointe Du Hoc on the afternoon of D DayParatroopers of the British 6th Airborne Division before takeoff on the night before D DayThe Boys of Pointe Du Hoc & The Ox & Bucks at the Pegasus Bridge At each end of...

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2024 and 1944 D-Day 80 years on

On that cold, stormy morning in June, 80 years ago, tens of thousands of young men crossed the English Channel in thousands of small ships to Nazi-occupied France. The Normandy beaches—codenamed Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, and Sword, awaited them. Hitler’s Army Group B,...

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2024 and 1944

Happy New Year. I took a sabbatical from blogging over the past few months while I’ve been researching my next book in the Breaking Point series, which will focus on D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy that took place on June 6th, 1944, 80 years ago this year....

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Reflections on the 83rd Anniversary of Battle of Britain Day

“The odds were great; our margins small; the stakes infinite.” —Winston Churchill The Battle of Britain was one of the most remarkable events, not only in World War II, but in recorded military history. There are a handful of stories of small bands of determined men...

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