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World War II magazine is about the leaders, battles, weapons & men who fought in history’s greatest conflict. Our magazine utilizes dramatic photographs, illustrations, and detailed maps and graphics to bring to life the stories of famous leaders and unsung men and women, the stories of battles and weapons in the world’s greatest conflict.




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    “Our Time in Hell”

    The Japanese counterattack in Guadalcanal was a harrowing slog through thirty-five miles of brutal jungle—with all but certain death waiting at the end. Maj. Gen. Masao Maruyama was not a man given to doubts. Soon after arriving on...

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    The Best of Willie & Joe

    Bill Mauldin’s timeless characters captured the lot of the common soldier of World War II—and every war. In late September 1943, the 45th Infantry Division’s 180th Regiment was in Naples, embroiled in the brutal, soul-deadening...

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    On the Trail of Washington’s Wartime Secrets

    Within weeks of the Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy had seized so much property in and around Washington that people joked the war would already be over if America’s armed forces were as good at capturing enemy...

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    His Majesty’s Director of Pornography

    No one ever had to reproach Sefton Delmer with the admonition “know your enemy.” The son of an Australian professor who taught at Berlin University before World War I, Delmer was fluent in German before he ever spoke English. In the...

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    Conversation with Robert Patrick

    The Greatest Stories Ever Digitized Col. Robert Patrick, USA (Ret.), is director of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. Part of the library’s American Folklife Center, the project is a national grass-roots initiative...

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    WWII Today- February 2008

    ‘Bomb-Away’: The Enola Gay’s Navigation Log Sold at Auction As he stepped from the Enola Gay into the Tinian sunshine on August 6, 1945, Capt. Theodore Van Kirk felt he had just completed the perfect mission. “Everything went...

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    What if: the Japanese Had Won the Battle of the Coral Sea?

    From May 4–8, 1942, American, Australian, and Japanese naval units fought the world’s first engagement decided exclusively by carrier-based air power. Tactically the Japanese could claim a limited success. They sank the carrier...

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    WWII Review: The Fuerhrerbunker

    The Fuerhrerbunker (1935–1942) Director: Christoph Neubauer Time: 50 minutes. B&W. We all know what Hitler’s Berlin underground lair looked like: dark, narrow corridors winding into dank, dim caverns. But according to Christoph...

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    WWII Book Review: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?

    Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe By James J. Sheehan. 304 pp. Houghton Mifflin, 2008. $26. Renowned historian James J. Sheehan of Stanford University has produced a well-written and informative history...

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    WWII Book Review: The Zookeeper’s Wife

    The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story  By Diane Ackerman. 368 pp. Norton, 2007. $24.95. In the early 1930s, Jan and Antonina Zabinski ran the Warsaw Zoo and lived on the premises, tending the animals in the collection and laboring, with...

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    WWII Book Review: The Airmen and the Headhunters

    The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II By Judith M. Heimann. 304 pp. Harcourt, 2007. $26. During an attack on a formidable group of Imperial Navy warships...

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    WWII Book Reviews: Some of Sir Winston’s Best Friends

    Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship By Martin Gilbert. 359 pp. Henry Holt & Co., 2007. $30. American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill By Anne Sebba. 378 pp. Norton, 2007. $26.95. Churchill, the prolific...

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    An American Boy’s World War II Childhood

    Too young to serve, the generation that grew up just behind was shaped by war in its own profound, funny, and moving way. The grim headlines from Europe and the Pacific didn’t scare me. I was a mere tadpole of a kid during the early...

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    Secrets of the Nazi Interrogators

    The Luftwaffe developed masterful psychological techniques to milk Allied airmen for information. For the American and British troops who fought their way into Germany in 1944 and 1945 it was one of the toughest and bloodiest campaigns of...

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    A Savage Fight for New Guinea

    A savage battle on New Guinea was fought by men near the breaking point before it even began. From the safety of Port Moresby, New Guinea, Gen. Douglas MacArthur watched in impotent fury. Offensives on the two fronts flanking Buna, on the...

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    Smooth Sailing for an Old Warship

    Looking around at many of my seven hundred fellow passengers making their way up the gang plank, I realize they faced decidedly different circumstances the first time they made this walk, some sixty-five years ago. The serene sky and calm...