Christopher L. Kolakowski

Christopher L. Kolakowski works as a historian in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He is the author of four books on the American Civil War and World War II, and is working on a study of the 1944 India-Burma campaigns. The views contained herein are his own.

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Flickering Forlorn Hope: The Battle of Bataan
Flickering Forlorn Hope: The Battle of Bataan

Shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack, a joint American and Filipino army desperately defended the Philippines against a Japanese invasion while fighting on both the Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor Island. Despite dim prospects for outside help, the garrison seriously delayed the Japanese timetable for conquest in the Pacific.

General Almond's Decision at Hungnam
General Almond’s Decision at Hungnam

The South Koreans, including recently elected President Moon Jae-in, have never forgotten General Almond’s decision to rescue refugees from the Communists during the Hungnam evacuation.

Truman MacArthur Korea H.W. Brands
Clash of Titans: A Review of H.W. Brands’ The General vs. The President

H.W. Brands has written an excellent synthesis of the Truman-MacArthur controversy