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World War II


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 …

A Young Pilot's Surprising Political Leanings

Andrew Carroll | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:17 pm
Branded a left-wing peacenik during his 1972 presidential campaign against incumbent Richard M. Nixon, Senator George S. McGovern lost that race in a landslide, winning only Massa-chusetts and Washington, D.C. A major reason for his defeat was his opposition to …

No Regrets

Laurence Rees | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:15 pm
Of all the places I've been, the port of Archangel in the north of Russia is the least romantic. The climate is terrible—cold and dank most of the year—and ships lie rusting in the harbor. From the drunks on the …

What If the Omaha Beach Landing Had Failed?

Mark Grimsley | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:15 pm
An Allied failure would have made a second invasion of northwestern Europe unlikely.

Review: The Liberator by Alex Kershaw

Tom Huntington | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:08 pm
The Liberator One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau By Alex Kershaw. 448 pp. Crown, 2012. $28. War is hell, but Felix Sparks, the central figure in The Liberator…

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

Weapons Manual: America's Sherman M4 medium tank

Jim Laurier | Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:23 pm
Click for larger image. To see past Weapons Manuals by Max Gadney, click here. This infographic originally appeared in the November/December issue of World War II magazine.…

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

Mein Kampf: The Sequel

Gerhard L. Weinberg | Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:19 pm
In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler laid out a philosophy that would trigger global war. But a later volume, not published in his lifetime, is at least as shocking as his notorious My Struggle.

A Warm Welcome Turns Cold in Nazi-Occupied Ukraine

Laurence Rees | Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:19 pm
After the initial euphoria of their “liberation” from Soviet rule wore off, Ukrainians were destined to experience the Nazis as some of the cruelest conquerors in history.

Mystery Date: Pacific War Edition

Andrew Carroll | Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:19 pm
Norma Clinton was an attractive young honors student living in rural Georgia. Harry Kipp was a Marine captain from Minnesota who had survived the attack on Pearl Harbor before shipping off to the Pacific. At the request of her aunt, …

What If the Bismarck Had Escaped Destruction?

Mark Grimsley | Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:18 pm
The battleship might have severely harried the British war effort.

Photos of LST 325, Floating Tribute to the WWII Generation

Gerald D. Swick | Published: October 03, 2012 at 6:47 pm
Modern and period photos depict LST 325, a floating tribute to those who built, crewed and disembarked from LSTs in World War II.

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 …

Greatest Aircraft Carrier Duel - March '99 World War II Feature

Published: August 19, 2012 at 1:01 am
Greatest Aircraft Carrier Duel Operation A-Go was meant to trap the U.S. Fifth Fleet in the Marianas. What followed was a disaster for Japan–and a "Turkey Shoot" for the Americans. By John F. Wukovits Naval aviation advocates in both the …
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