The Clearfield Naval Supply Depot, Utah

The History Guy examines the unique role of Utah and the Clearfield Naval Supply Depot in the war in the Pacific.

Shōkaku and Cavalla, a Confrontation of the WWII Pacific Theater

In June 1944, one of the largest, most modern and most important ships in the Imperial Japanese Navy, Shōkaku, encountered a US submarine, Cavalla, out on its first patrol. The History Guy remembers a WWII confrontation in the Pacific Theater. It is history that deserves to be remembered.

Georg Gärtner, the last German POW in America

In 1985, a federal fugitive chose to turn himself in after evading an FBI manhunt for forty years. The History Guy remembers Georg Gärtner, the last German prisoner of war in the United States. This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the Public Domain are carefully selected and provideContinue reading “Georg Gärtner, the last German POW in America”

The Extraordinary Voyage of the USS Marblehead

By May 1942, nearly half of the forty surface ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet would be sunk, including the fleet’s largest vessel, the heavy cruiser USS Houston. But the improbable survival of one of the fleet’s vessels, the light cruiser USS Marblehead, is the stuff of legend. The extraordinary voyage of the Marblehead isContinue reading “The Extraordinary Voyage of the USS Marblehead”

The Edelweiss Pirates and WWII

Long before the start of World War II, there was a significant amount of resistance to the Nazi regime in Germany among the nation’s youth, including the colorfully named Edelweiss Pirates. It is history that deserves to be remembered.

Nortraship: The Norwegian Fleet and WWII

Germany invaded Norway in April 1940, and defeated the Nordic nation in a 62-day campaign. But Norwegians continued to serve the Allied cause throughout the war. One of the least remembered, most important, and most unique roles was not about strength of arms, but about gross tonnage. The History Guy remembers the critical role playedContinue reading “Nortraship: The Norwegian Fleet and WWII”

Escape of the Red Sea Flotilla: RAMB I, RAMB II and Eritrea.

In February 1941, as the East Africa Campaign was coming to a close, three Italian ships, RAMB I, RAMB II and Eritrea, had to make a run for an allied port. The fates of the three ships represented the shifting fortunes of the war. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of three ships thatContinue reading “Escape of the Red Sea Flotilla: RAMB I, RAMB II and Eritrea.”

The Naval Battle of Okinawa

The Battle of Okinawa was the largest and deadliest battle of the Pacific campaign. But the terrible battle on the island was only part of the fight, as the ships of the Navy faced an onslaught of Kamikaze attacks. The History Guy recalls the many desperate actions to save the ships of the Okinawa armada.

Rangers and the 116th Infantry Regiment: D-DAY+2

Events behind Omaha beach on D-Day +2 helped to secure the allied invasion of “Fortress Europe.” Rangers were rescued, a resort town taken, and a Medal of Honor earned. The History Guy tells the story of the day after the day after D-Day.