A look at D-Day, June 6th, 1944, when the Allies stormed the beaches of Normandy, in the first step to reclaiming Europe from the Nazi occupation. It was, and remains, the biggest military operation in history.
The use of animals to assist U.S. armed forces is recalled. Included: a cat is used as a Cold War spy by the CIA, bats are trained to deliver incendiary bombs during WWII, dolphins are trained to find enemy divers in Vietnam.
The 1942 Battle of Midway is recalled in a review of naval tactics and efforts by U.S. intelligence to discern the intentions of the Japanese fleet, which lost 4 carriers in the action, which was the turning point in WWII Pacific campaign.
Lt. Col. James Doolittle's daring 1942 bombing raid on Tokyo, Japan is recalled. Although the damage inflicted by Doolittle's B-25s was minor, the attack boosted American morale in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and other Japanese military successes.