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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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    Spy Class 101

    In an obscure corner of Canada, British secret agents introduced American operatives to warfare’s dark arts. On November 21, 1941, the SS Pasteur, a former French luxury liner now stripped of its finery and ferrying raw materials and men...

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    Gung Ho: The Makin Raid’s Strange Legacy

    In August 1942, marine special forces raided a tiny Pacific atoll. Little was gained and much was lost. So why does the legacy of the Makin Raid live on? Two hundred marines swarmed onto the decks of the submarines USS Nautilus and USS...

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    WWII Letters from Readers- April 2010

    The Next Great Mission I was compelled to comment on Rick Atkinson’s article in the November 2009 issue (“What is Lost?”). We are losing veterans daily and many of their stories go untold. My father was in the army, 28th Infantry...

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    Strange Fortune

    An American sub at the Battle of Midway finds that luck can be a powerful weapon. By the time the USS Tambor departed from Pearl Harbor on May 21, 1942, to battle the Japanese, Robert R. Hunt, torpedo- man second class, had already...

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    The Man Who Would Be Ike

    What if Frank Andrews had survived his 1943 air crash? The American president’s personal airport is named for him. Gen. George C. Marshall referred to him as the only potential commander of Operation Overlord that he “had a chance to...

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    The Storm Before the Storm

    Hundreds of thousands of troops were primed for the world’s largest amphibious operation. One man had the lonely burden of setting it all in motion. The final countdown to the D-Day landings at Normandy began on June 2, 1944, when Gen....

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    WWII Letters from Readers- June 2010

    Fond Memories of a Fallen Hero Your article “The Horticulturalist Who Got the Best of Bombs” (January/February 2010) brought back memories of my youth and stories I had heard from my family about the war. In the 1920s my uncle—my...

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    Unbreakable: The Navajo Code

    The Japanese cracked every American combat code until an elite team of Marines joined the fight. One veteran tells the story of creating the Navajo code and proving its worth on Guadalcanal. ...

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    WWII Review: Japanese Type 97 Chi-Ha Tank

    The Type 97 was Japan’s standard medium tank during World War II. It first saw action against Russian forces at Nomonhan in 1939, and continued service throughout the war. When the Type 97 found itself outclassed by Allied tanks later in...

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    WWII Book Review: Hero of the Pacific

    Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Marine Legend John Basilone By James Brady. 272 pp. Wiley, 2010. $25.95. In October 1942, marine Sgt. John Basilone earned the Medal of Honor on Guadalcanal by defeating a massive Japanese attack with his...

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    Iron Will: Scrapping History

    Americans at times went too far in their nearly unstoppable drive to collect scrap metal for the war effort. Every store, farm, and business in Comanche County shut down for the day on Friday, August 28, 1942. This was no traditional...

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    Pirates of the Sand Seas

    How a group of gentleman explorers became Britain’s legendary Long Range Desert Group. MAJ. RALPH A. BAGNOLD sat before the commander of British forces in the Middle East. He watched nervously as Gen. Archibald Wavell picked up the note...

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    WWII Letters from Readers- August 2010

    Still “Gung Ho” While browsing my local bookstore the other day, your March/April 2010 issue, featuring an article on Carlson’s raiders and the Makin Raid, caught my eye. To my surprise you quoted an acquaintance of mine, Pfc. Brian...

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    WWII Model Review: Britain’s Spitfire Mk. IXC

    The German Fw 190 asserted its authority as soon as it appeared over the English Channel in September 1941. It was so clearly superior to the Spitfire Mk. V that RAF Fighter Command curtailed operations due to unacceptably high losses. As...

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    WWII Review: Hitler’s Managers

    Hitler’s Managers Time: 5 hours This fall on The Military Channel Five fascinating hour-long episodes examine, in rewarding depth, the relationships the führer had with key figures of the Reich. Instead of focusing on Nazi princes, this...

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    WWII Book Review: Fortress Rabaul

    Fortress Rabaul: The Battle for the Southwest Pacific, January 1942–April 1943 By Bruce Gamble. 416 pp. Zenith Press, 2010. $28. To human history’s endless chronicle of sieges by land and sea, World War II added a new phenomenon:...