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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 …

Things Were About to Get Ugly: A German infantryman who shot hundreds of Americans on Omaha Beach describes his longest day

Hein Severloh, translated by Robert R. Wolf | Published: May 14, 2014 at 10:48 am
Omaha's dead fell thickly all along the shingle beneath WN 62's muzzles.  Late on June 5, 1944, an alert summoned Wehrmacht Private Heinrich Severloh and First Lieutenant Bernhard Krerking to their stations at a Winderstandsnest ["resistance nest"] overlooking Omaha Beach. …

Topography is Destiny: From the beaches to the bocage, Normandy's terrain shaped the fortunes of battle

David T. Zabecki | Published: May 07, 2014 at 11:01 am
U.S. Army medics rush a wounded GI through Normandy's bocage country.  The ground upon which a battle is fought is one of the most important factors in determining the tactics used in that battle. Terrain always imposes its realities. Flat, …

The Storm Before the Storm: One man bore the lonely burden of setting it all in motion

Carlo D'Este | Published: April 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm
General Dwight D. Eisenhower gazes toward the Norman coast the day after D-Day.  The final countdown to the D-Day landings at Normandy began on June 2, 1944, when General Dwight D. Eisenhower moved from his London headquarters to a sprawling …

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 …

The Leading Edge: Americans at El Alamein

Rachel S. Cox | Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:25 pm
Five young idealists became the first Yanks to join the fight against Germany on the battlefield

Four Days in December: Germany's Path to War With the U.S.

Gerhard L. Weinberg | Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:22 pm
Hitler's decision to declare war on the United States was decades in the making

Conversation with Joe Mantegna

Gene Santoro | Published: September 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm
"I know there are a lotta great stories out there about World War II," declares actor Joe Mantegna, "but I've got a pretty good one." The versatile Chicago-born star's resumé includes David Mamet films, The Simpsons, and Criminal Minds, his …

Corregidor: Return to the Rock

John D. Lukacs | Published: September 14, 2012 at 10:13 am
The fading beams of my flashlight sweep the cavernous reinforced concrete laterals of Malinta Tunnel, barely illuminating my passage. Vintage wires and fixtures, timber trusses, and piles of rubble flare into focus in fleeting camera flashes, then vanish, frustratingly, in …

Mount Tapotchau: The Marines Take Saipan's High Ground

James Campbell | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm
To hold Saipan's bloody peak, the Bastard Battalion had to dig in
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