Thomas Houlihan

ww2dbaseAlthough not an academically trained historian, Tom is very knowledgeable in the field of military history with particular focus in the European War of WW2. His Maps at War professional cartographical services provide original maps for books and publications. He is also working on a division history of 6.SS-Gebirgs Division NORD to be published in the near future.

ww2dbaseTom is a 20-year veteran of the United States military and holds a BS degree in Criminal Justice. He currently works in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff in Michigan, United States.

Latest Contributions

Book Review: There Stood a Soldier11 Nov 2010 
Book Review: In Final Defense of the Reich1 Nov 2010 
Book Review: Missing Sticks1 Nov 2010 
Book Review: The Greatest U.S. Marine Corps Stories Ever Told30 Sep 2010 
Book Review: Panzer Divisions: The Eastern Front 1941-4322 Sep 2009 
Book Review: Panther vs. Sherman: Battle of the Bulge 194421 Sep 2009 
Book Review: The Myth of the Eastern Front2 Aug 2008 
Book Review: Recon Scout24 Jul 2008 
Other: European Gazetteer15 Jul 2008 
Book Review: The Germans in Normandy6 Jun 2007 
Book Review: Marauder Man24 May 2007 
Book Review: Into the Mountains Dark12 May 2007 
Book Review: Seven Days in January28 Apr 2007 
Book Review: The Final Crisis21 Apr 2007 
Book Review: Vanguard of the Crusade14 Apr 2007 
Book Review: Sledgehammers5 Apr 2007 
Book Review: Heroes or Traitors26 Mar 2007 
Book Review: God, Honor, Fatherland22 Mar 2007 
Book Review: The Gestapo: A History of Hitler's Secret Police 1933-4516 Mar 2007 
Book Review: SS-WIKING: The History of the Fifth SS Division 1941-4513 Mar 2007 
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Timeline Contributions

Thomas Houlihan has also contributed 2,241 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 26 Jun 1942: The Italians were able to step up their air attacks on Malta by transferring aircraft from Libya to Sicily, Italy.

» 27 Jan 1945: In the wake of the German evacuation, Soviet forces captured Memel; the Soviets now occupied all of Lithuania.

» 14 Feb 1945: German Panzerkorps "Großdeutschland" and German 24th Panzer Corps counterattacked near Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), seeing some success against Soviet 4th Tank Army, but the Germans were unable halt the larger Soviet attempt to surround the city. Nearby, Soviet troops captured Groß-Rosen Concentration Camp in Groß-Rosen, Germany (now Rogoznica, Poland).

» 6 Aug 1943: In the Battle of Vella Gulf in the Solomon Islands, United States destroyers USS Dunlap, Craven, Maury, Lang, Sterett, and Stack, acting on intelligence gathered from Magic codebreaking intercepts, laid in wait for four Japanese destroyers on a night mission to bring troops to Munda on New Georgia. USS Dunlap, Craven, and Maury opened the attack by launching twenty-four Mark XV torpedoes in one minute. Japanese destroyers Hagikaze, Arashi, and Kawakaze were destroyed, killing 600 sailors and 900 Japanese Army passengers. Destroyer Shigure had a torpedo pass through her rudder but the ship was able to escape in the darkness.

» 16 Dec 1942: Soviet troops launched an offensive towards Rostov-on-Don, Russia hoping to cut off German troops in the Caucasus, defeating Italian units on the Don River.

» 30 Jun 1941: Vichy France broke off diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union.





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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
1 Feb 2008 10:14:28 AM

Bonjour,
Sur internet je viens de trouver la référence de ce livre "Into the Mountains Dark". Thomas Houlihan y traite de la guerre à La Salle et à Saint-Remy. Ma mère y habite encore et me parle souvent des "Américains" qui ont bombardé et sauvé son village. Peut-être l'auteur l'a-t-il connue... Elle avait 20 ans.
J'aimerais acheter ce livre. Merci de me dire comment faire.
Cordialement
2. Anonymous says:
5 Jan 2014 09:31:23 AM

Bonjour, Monsieur! "Into the Mountains Dark" is a great book! It is not in French, c'est domage, but I hope you can find a way to enjoy it!
3. LP Temple says:
5 Jun 2016 10:37:39 AM

The entry for 5 Jun 1943 about 77 B-29s bombing Thailand is erroneous. The B-29 didn't fly until the 944, and the entry in 1943 duplicates the correct event given under 5 Jun 1944.
4. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
7 Jun 2016 04:58:34 AM

Thank you LP Temple, the correction has been made.
5. Anonymous says:
10 Nov 2017 07:06:20 PM

There should be a page that says every contribution that every person does with the date that they last updated that contribution because when trying to figure out how to apa format a citation it is impossible when I don't have a date that this was published
6. tom purl says:
21 Jul 2020 10:22:06 AM

In your time line for Jan 18 1942 you report Germany, Italy and Japan signed military agreement. I would like to know more about that agreement. Can you send me a couple of reference?
7. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
23 Jul 2020 08:45:32 AM

Tom Purl: I have added more information to the treaties signed on 18 Jan 1942. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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