Aerial warfare was still something new at the start of WW2. These innovative commanders and daring pilots brought a brand new dimension to the field of military science.
From El Alamein to Stalingrad to Iwo Jima, men on the ground faced the battles up-close and personal, bound by the military traditions of their countries and services.
Naval battles were far unlike their ground counterparts. Shells were fired from kilometers away, and the bombs delivered by dive bombers killed men deep in the belly of steel warships. These men fought such impersonal battles.
While the forces met in the air, ground, and sea, political forces often shaped where the battlegrounds would be and on occasion influenced allegiances. Some of these government officials were even said to be responsible for the outbreak of WW2.
Beyond military and political arenas, the war shaped people of other categories, and many of them in turn shaped the course of the war.
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James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945