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Winning World War II

What did America need to do in order to win World War II?. Most of the adult population of the country rolled up their sleeves and went to work to meet a common objective — hold back and ultimately defeat the Axis powers that wanted to rule the world. If Americans weren’t joining the services and the fight, they were working long hours in the many factories that were churning out naval vessels and military hardware at a rate the world has not known before or since.
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PT Boats

The ultimate in efficiency. Small boats with a lot of speed and fire power could do serious damage to Japanese shipping. This site will have a lot on this topic in a future update.
WWII Cruiser

In the late 19th Century, battleships had yet to be launched. The early fighting ships in the era of steam were cruisers. The designation of battleship followed the Dreadnaught to refer to the ultimate in ship-to-ship and shore-bombardment firepower. However, cruisers stayed on during World War Two and subsequent challenges with substantial capabilities for supporting forces landing on hostile shores and a variety of other missions. Read more.
WWII Submarine

They had their debut in the American Civil War, where they proved their potential effectiveness. However, even though the Americans continued to develop this type of marine warfare, it was the Germans, and the Japanese who had the advantage at the beginning of World War Two. The Americans had to catch up, and we did. Read more.
WWII Battleship

Naval battles in the 18th Century pitted the firepower and agility of one ship against another. Battleships continued in the same tradition through World War Two. And the battleships of the modern era represented firepower unimaginable to earlier generations of Navy men. However, the advent of air power and submarines had changed the strategies of naval warfare, and World War Two was the last significant theatre of the battleship. Read more.
WWII destroyer

These ships were the scrappy fighters of World War Two. While naval commanders fretted about the safety of the more expensive vessels — battleships, cruisers, and carriers, the destroyers were deployed to the battle with little regard for their own protection. And the Tin Can Sailors, as those assigned to destroyers were called, found themselves in the thick of the battle during World War Two.
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WWII Aircraft Carrier
Aircraft Carriers

If American naval commanders did not understand the importance of air power as the winds of war were crossing the oceans, they sure got the message on December 7, 1941, when carrier-supported Japanese aircraft decimated our Pacific fleet. The U.S. went into to overdrive and built a fleet of carriers and aircraft that would be decisive in our ultimate victory. Read more.
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The U.S. Navy relied upon many other types of ships not covered in the basic categories above. In time, this site will cover those ships and the many dedicated Navy men who manned them. They were destroyer escorts, landing craft— large and small, seaplane tenders, mine sweepers, transport ships and others.
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World War One Posters
At the beginning of the 20th Century, full-color printing was coming of age, and the U.S. Government produced posters that would promote patriotism and encourage people to enlist in the Army or Navy or support the war effort on the home front. The best illustration artists of the day were patriots and donated their talents for the cause. We offer a collection of the most colorful and wonderful patriotic illustration art in American history with beautifully reproduced poster art prints at very affordable prices. Even if you don't purchase, the web site is an up close look at this fascinating subject.


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