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    WWII Book Review: Arnhem 1944

    Arnhem 1944 by William F. Buckingham, Tempus Publishing, Shroud, Gloucestershire, 2005, $20 Students of World War II in Europe have long recognized the battle of Arnhem as an epic, a tragedy of doomed heroism. The drop of the British 1st...

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    The Day I Should Have Died

    Stuck in a B-29 with a runaway propeller 600 miles from the nearest airfield, disaster loomed. On May 3, 1945, I was the radio operator on a Boeing B-29 “Super- fortress” of the 43rd Bomb Squadron, 29th Bomb Group, flying out of Guam....

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    No Stone Unturned

    The U.S. Army improved its laboratory and investigation methods after World War II to help the Graves Registration Service identify the unknown American war dead. In 1946 the Army turned to Dr. Harry L. Shapiro, chairman and curator of...

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    The Last Detail

    The Graves Registration Service faced the daunting postwar challenge of returning nearly a quarter-million fallen soldiers to the United States. The awed silence was broken only by the steady, hollow clop of hooves and the muffled...

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    Fallschirmjäger on the Run

    German paratrooper Werner Kurkowski passed through a corridor of death as the Wehrmacht tried in vain to stop the Allied breakout from Normandy in the summer of 1944. Having survived the devastating five-month Battle of Monte Cassino,...

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    Stopped Cold at Stalingrad

    How Hitler’s stubborn decision to resupply snowbound troops by air doomed the Sixth Army and ultimately cost Germany the war. Adolf Hitler was vacationing at his retreat near Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps, when a phone call on the...

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    WWII Letter from the Editor- February 2007

    Crossing New Battlefields The war was over, the battles won and Private Joseph Plum Martin was a bit surprised by his own reaction to the news that he was going home. “I confess, after all, that my anticipation of the happiness I should...

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    An American Bomber for Moscow

    When the Soviets asked the United States for advanced B-17 and B-24 bombers in 1941, what they got instead were workhorse Douglas A-20s. During the cataclysmic initial phase of Operation Barbarossa that began on June 22, 1941, the Ger-...

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    Justice for the Jailor?

    In squashing a potential public relations fiasco, the Army may have ruined the career of a competent officer. On the day General George C. Marshall took control of the U.S. Army in September 1939, every private, sergeant, general, cook and...

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    Some Assembly Required

    The men of the 148th Motor Vehicle Assembly Company put together the dependable ‘deuce and a halfs’ that carried the Allies to victory. Whenever I watch movies about the Normandy invasion, I find that I am bothered by a detail that...

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    No Ports in a Storm

    As World War II dawned, Great Britain had already lost an important battle, one that would have costly consequences. In a moving Victory in Europe speech on May 13, 1945, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill could not restrain his...

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    WWII Today- February 2007

    A Haunting Secret Revealed Somehow Elfriede Rinkel kept her dark secret for more than 40 years. The truth revealed, the U.S. government has sent her back home. Rinkel was a dog handler at the women-only Ravensbrück concentration camp...

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    German General Hermann Balck and the No-Win Situation in Budapest

    As the German war effort collapsed in 1945, seasoned Wehrmacht commander Hermann Balck battled Waffen-SS leaders as well as the Soviets in Budapest ...

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    WWII Review: Blazing Angels- Squadrons of WWII

    The first flight game to be released for Xbox 360, the squadron-based Blazing Angels focuses on the most intense air battles of the war. With graphics and visuals far superior to other flight games, Blazing Angels is a looker. But as the...

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    WWII Book Review: Cross of Iron

    Cross of Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German War Machine, 1918-1945 by John Mosier, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2006, $27.50 John Mosier is certainly one of the more prolific recent authors of military history books. In 2001 he...

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    WWII Book Review: Eisenhower- A Biography

    Eisenhower: A Biography by John Wukovits, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2006, $21.95 Dwight D. Eisenhower once described himself as “a cross between a one- time soldier, a pseudo-statesman, a jack-legged politician and a crooked...