An historical website dedicated to the U.S. Army Antiaircraft Artillery of World War II.
July Picture of the Month:
An antiaircraft crew mans their 37mm gun in the Hawaiian Islands.
As the United States entered the Second World War, Axis airpower was a proven bearer of devastation and a threat that demanded a counterbalance. The German Luftwaffe rained fire ahead of Hitlerís Blitzkrieg and carried nightly terror to England. On the other side of the globe, the power of Japanese naval aviation was indelibly impressed upon all Americans at Pearl Harbor. Combat aviators and aircraft were coming of age and posing new dilemmas for military planners and commanders.
The Army of the United States called upon the men of its Coast Artillery Corps antiaircraft units to provide an umbrella of protection for American ground troops preparing to take on the Axis juggernaut. These soldiers would become the Antiaircraft Artillery. While their primary mission was to thwart the threat from above, they would also bring honor to themselves by engaging the enemy on the ground, often fighting fiercely alongside the Infantry and Field Artillery.
This website is dedicated to the over 400,000 officers and enlisted men of the United States Army Antiaircraft Artillery of World War II. Although often overlooked by many historians and enthusiasts of the period, the achievements of Antiaircraft Artillery and its role in the Allied victory should never be minimized nor forgotten.
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