01/24 – Shōichi Yokoi’s War

Yokoi (centre left) upon his return to Japan in 1972. (History Collection) On this day in 1972, Shōichi Yokoi - a Sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army, or IJA - was found in a remote cave in the jungles Guam. Yokoi had served with the IJA's 38th Infantry Regiment during WWII, and fought in several…

12/18 – Linebacker II

A bombing run by a B-52 as seen from the air. (National Air Force Museum) On this day in 1972, American president Richard B. Nixon announced a renewed Christmas bombing campaign of North Vietnam: a massive aerial strike of civilian and military targets by B-52 strategic bombers codenamed Operation Linebacker II. The previous iteration of…