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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.

» 19 Sep 1940: Wellington, Hampden, and Whitley bombers of the British RAF attacked German invasion barges in ports along the French coast. One Hampden bomber was lost. After the attack, Adolf Hitler ordered the barges to disperse to minimize further losses. Thus far, 214 of the 1,918 barges assembled for the planned invasion had been destroyed by British aerial attacks.

» 24 Oct 1940: Adolf Hitler met with Philippe P√©tain and Pierre Laval at Montoire-sur-le-Loir, France, agreeing in principle with collaboration but P√©tain refused to declare war on Britain.

» 26 Feb 1941: Before dawn, British destroyer HMS Decoy, destroyer HMS Hereward, and gunboat HMS Ladybird landed 200 commandos and 24 Royal Marines on the Italian-held Dodecanese island of Castelorizo, off the coast of Turkey, capturing a small Italian garrison. Italian aircraft responded, damaging HMS Ladybird, but was able to retrieve the raiders and sail for the British Crown Colony of Cyprus. The codename for the raid was Operation Abstention.

» 14 Feb 1945: British and Canadian troops reached the Rhine River northwest of Duisberg, Germany.

» 31 May 1940: Poor weather clouded over Dunkerque, France, giving the British a chance to bring in modern destroyers into the area to assist the evacuation with less fear of German air attacks; 68,014 (45,072 from harbor and 22,942 from beaches) were rescued on this date, including British Expeditionary Force commanding general Lord Gort. French destroyer Leopart and British destroyers HMS Express, HMS Icarus, HMS Keith, and HMS Winchelsea were damaged by German aerial bombing. German torpedo boats damaged French destroyers Sirocco and Cyclone; Sirocco was finished off by German aircraft, killing 59 crew and 600 troops.

» 25 May 1945: Operation Olympic, the invasion of Japan, was approved by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, setting the date at 1 Nov 1945.





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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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