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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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    The Reading List: Bob Balaban

     Hiroshima John Hersey (1946) “This is a great book. It’s beautifully written and researched, and hugely significant historically: it forced the world to contemplate the devastation of the bombing, and humanized and universalized...

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    WWII Today – February 2014

    Search for Lost Bomber Enlists Underwater Robot Every year, Pat Scannon, a physician and biotech entrepreneur, travels across the Pacific to search on and around Palau for planes downed during World War II. Scannon isn’t really a...

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    Letters from Readers- World War II February 2014

    Happy to See Hap YOUR SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER feature regarding General Hap Arnold and our country’s stubborn reluctance to recognize the power of aircraft in wartime certainly rang a bell with me. My brother Norton, an enlisted man in the...

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    Time Travel: Yanks in Cambridge

    KNOWN FOR ITS UNIVERSITY AND SOARING GOTHIC MASTERPIECES, Cambridge, England, has much to offer visitors seeking antiquity and spectacle. Established in 1209, the campus occupies the center of town, where a maze of narrow streets winds its...

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    Battle Films: The Moral World of Twelve O’Clock High

    TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH, celebrated film about the air war over Europe, shows barely any a justly high-altitude violence. Even so, director Henry King and his actors expertly illuminate the complex burden of commanding personnel engaged...

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    TV Series Review: Nazi Hunters

    Nazi Hunters Time: 60 minutes each. 8 episodes. National Geographic Channel. This interesting, well-wrought new series doesn’t limit its notion of Nazi hunters to postwar pursuers of fugitives. Of course, it includes episodes on infamous...

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    Book Review: Hanns and Rudolf

    Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz By Thomas Harding. 348 pp. Simon & Schuster, 2013. $26. The ironic trajectories of lives displaced and entangled by World War II...

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    Film Review: The Wind Rises

    The Wind Rises Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. 2 hours, 6 minutes. Animation. Opens February 21. ‘An airplane is a dream,” says dashing Giovanni Caproni to bespectacled Jiro Horikoshi, setting out this remarkable animated feature’s...

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    Book Review: Japan 1941- Countdown to Infamy

     Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy By Eri Hotta. 320 pp. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. $27.95. Why did Japan start a war its top leaders knew it had slim to no chance of winning? Japan 1941 shows us not only why but how, ushering us much...

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    Standoff at Santo Tomas

    With the Allied noose tightening on Manila, a young prisoner of the Japanese witnessed a last, desperate gambit. AT 5 P.M. ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1945, American dive-bombers roared across the northern reaches of Japanese-occupied Manila...

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    Made in America: Americans in Support of the Nazi Cause

    Homegrown hate intertwined the Stars and Stripes and swastika as war neared. In six decades and at three different locations, Manhattan’s storied Madison Square Garden had witnessed diverse spectacles—from circuses and con- certs to...

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    Highway to Hell: Defending Anzio

    To preserve the Anzio beachhead against a massive German counterattack, Allied troops resorted to a brutal ground game. There was total silence. No clank of tank tracks, no drone of aircraft engines, no thunder of distant artillery. All...

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    A Few Good Marines: Dogs in Wartime

    In the Pacific, Americans warriors learned how to let slip the dogs of war.  THE SEAS OFF BOUGAINVILLE were rough on the morning of November 1, 1943, and the beaches were cluttered with swamped landing craft. The first and second...

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    Time Travel: Darkness on the Edge of Town

    JUST OFF THE A8, about 30 miles northwest of Stuttgart, sits a bustling German city of 120,000. Located in the Baden-Württemberg region near the French border, Pforzheim perches at the edge of the Black Forest in a valley that pours from...

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    Fire for Effect: Mac Does a Cartwheel

    I’ VE NEVER FOUND it easy to warm up to General Douglas MacArthur, and I know I’m not alone. A haughty aristocrat in a nation that prefers home spun heroes, an aloof figure with a Messiah complex who couldn’t speak respectfully even...

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    Saved From the Depths: Conversation with William Cambers

    BILL CHAMBERS SPENT THE war in the Merchant Marine, arguably the least appreciated of the American wartime services: it offered no military benefits and suffered the highest death rate. On his maiden voyage, Chambers reached Pearl Harbor...