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From the Footlocker, January/February 2015

Published: January 23, 2015 at 3:20 pm
1. My grandfather, Andrew Jesse Smith—known as "Bobby"—served in the war, and this pair of wings was his. I know these are aerial gunner wings but that's about it. Can you tell me something about their history? Thanks in advance.  —Erica …

Sympathy for the Neville

Rob Citino | Published: January 13, 2015 at 10:55 am
IN MOST ACCOUNTS of the 1930s, he's the patsy, the slightly daft gent carrying his signature umbrella, a weakling willing to do anything to appease Adolf Hitler and prevent the Third Reich from launching World War II. Less than a …

Come and See’s Unblinking Eye

Mark Grimsley | Published: January 02, 2015 at 2:25 pm
IN HIS CLASSIC 1959 book, The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle, philosopher and World War II veteran J. Glenn Gray observed that war is visually fascinating. Director François Truffaut expanded on this thought, arguing that it is impossible …

Fury: A Tanker’s Eye View

Lloyd Emerson | Published: December 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm
A World War II tanker gives Fury an honest assessment

Exclusive Interview with Fury Director David Ayer

Published: December 02, 2014 at 11:49 am
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The Best Years’ Welcome Home

Mark Grimsley | Published: November 03, 2014 at 5:47 pm
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) opens with the fortuitous meeting of three veterans returning to Boone City, their hometown. They are making the journey in the nose of a B-17 bomber. The oldest, Sergeant First Class Al Stephenson …

The Kasserine Complex

Robert M. Citino | Published: September 18, 2014 at 10:38 am
The U.S. Army was the 11th army to fight the Germans in World War II and, like the others, it got some rough treatment the first time out. A battle in February 1943 at an obscure hunk of rock in …

From the Footlocker, September/October

Published: September 08, 2014 at 2:09 pm
Curators at the National WWII Museum solve readers' artifact mysteries

Back to the Future

Robert M. Citino | Published: July 02, 2014 at 1:41 pm
Major conventional warfare seems to have gone out of style. Strategic analysts peering into the future see wars with shadowy "non-state actors" like al-Qaeda, or international crime syndicates like the Zetas in Mexico, or even pirates plying the waters off …

The Hero's Adventure in Sands of Iwo Jima

Mark Grimsley | Published: June 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm
The next time you're talking war movie trivia with friends, ask, "Who is the hero in Sands of Iwo Jima?" Almost inevitably, someone will say, "John Wayne." Or perhaps "Sergeant Stryker," since that's the name of the character Wayne …

Kharkov 1943: The Wehrmacht's Last Victory

Robert M. Citino | Published: May 08, 2013 at 5:47 pm
Erich von Manstein gave the Wehrmacht a comeback but couldn't change its fate

Torpedo Junction

John Prados | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:23 pm
In the battle for Guadalcanal, Imperial submarines ruled the sea—until rigid doctrine dragged them down.

Ridgway: Iron Man at the Front

Carlo D'Este | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Acts of great courage in war aren't limited to the battlefield. One little-known incident during World War II defined Major General Matthew B. Ridgway as a commander of unrivaled courage when he laid his career on the line at a …

Time Travel: Normandy's Contested Landing Beaches

Dan Carlinsky | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:21 pm
  Shortly after midnight on June 6, 1944, the sky above the Normandy market town of Sainte-Mère-Église quietly grew thick with billowing silk as American paratroopers dropped into the night ahead of the long-expected Allied invasion of Europe; by …

Germany's He111 Medium Bomber

Jim Laurier | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:19 pm
  Click for larger image. To see past Weapons Manuals by Max Gadney, click here. This infographic originally appeared in the January/February issue of World War II magazine.    …

Conversation with Matthew Brzezinski

Gene Santoro | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:17 pm
'Writing this book," Matthew Brzezinski declares, "made me grasp the horrors of the situation's choices." The "situation" is the Nazi-ruled Warsaw Ghetto, portrayed with gritty detail in Isaac's Army. From 1940 on, a 24-year-old Zionist youth leader named Isaac …
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