Vietnam and the Ironies of History

"This is an American soldier – he is your friend."  So read the leaflet prepared by the United States for use in Vietnam.  Underneath that caption, it pictured several American infantrymen advancing into combat. The time, however, was not the 1960s; it was mid-1945 and World War II in the Pacific was drawing to a … Continue reading Vietnam and the Ironies of History

Identification in World War II China: Friend or Foe?

During World War II, many American military personnel, primarily aircrew, found themselves trapped behind enemy lines.  The MIS-X Section of the Captured Personnel and Material Branch of the Army's Military Intelligence Service handled matters dealing with escape and evasion (E&E) out of hostile areas and intelligence operations relating to Allied prisoners of war.  E&E training … Continue reading Identification in World War II China: Friend or Foe?