On the killing ground that was the island of Guadalcanal, a 2,000-yard-long ridge rose from the jungle canopy. Behind it lay the all-important air base of Henderson Field. And if Henderson Field fell, it would mean the almost certain death or capture of all 12,500 Marines on the island...
But the Marines positioned on the ridge were no normal fighters. They were tough, hard-fighting men of the Edson’s Raiders; an elite fighting unit within an already elite U.S. Marine Corps. Hand-picked for their toughness, and submitted to a rigorous training program to weed out those less fit, they were the Marine Corps’ best of the best. For two hellish nights in September, 1942, about 840 United States Marines—commanded by Lt. Colonel Merritt Austin “Red Mike” Edson—fought one of the most pivotal battles of World War II in the Pacific, clinging desperately to their position on what would soon be known as Bloody Ridge. Wave after wave of attacking Japanese soldiers were repelled by the Raiders, who knew that defeat and retreat were simply not options. In the end, the defenders had prevailed against the odds.
Bloody Ridge and Beyond is the story of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion which showed courage and valor in the face of overwhelming numbers, as told by Marlin Groft, a man who was a member of this incredible fighting force.
If Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division was truly a Band Of Brothers, then Major Richard D. Winters, their commander, was the Biggest Brother.
Coming from a humble background in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and strongly influenced by a mother raised in the pacifist Mennonite traditions, Dick Winters emerged as one of the finest junior officers to serve on the front line during World War II in Europe. Read more
They were America’s smallest, elite fighting force. The 6th U.S. Army Special Reconnaissance Unit, code-named the Alamo Scouts, were the eyes and ears for Gen. Douglas McArthur during his drive through the Southwest Pacific on his way back to the Philippines.
Never numbering more than 138 men, the all-volunteer Alamo Scouts were gleaned from the best men the U.S. Army had to offer. Read more
Through the epic war chronicle Band of Brothers, an entirely new generation of Americans learned of the heroism, sacrifice, and camaraderie of the soldiers who served, fought, and died in Easy Company during World War II.
Now, on the eve of the 65th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe, Larry Alexander returns to the very battlefields that made Easy Company a legend. Read more
December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the stick is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber’s tail. The pilot is German ace Second Lieutenant Franz Stigler—and he can destroy the Americans with the squeeze of a trigger...
A gripping, true story of an unprecedented act of chivalry and mercy in a merciless war, that would change the two pilots' lives forever, and send each man on a post-war search for the other.