Lucky Break

I've been thinking a lot lately about the endgame of the war in the European Theater, early 1945. For the Germans, things had fallen apart. The Soviets were slashing deeply into East Prussia and crossing the...
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Tiso in the Wolf’s Lair

Last time out we began a discussion of a seemingly insignificant event. Near the end of May 1944, Monsignor Jozef Tiso, the wartime leader of Slovakia, paid a visit to Adolf Hitler at the latter's headquarters...

Deception

Last time out we discussed an Allied deception operation called Starkey. Designed to simulate a landing in the Pas de Calais in 1943, and thus to draw off German strength from Italy (where the Allies...
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Diversion

It's a familiar figure of speech: "What if they gave a war, and no one came?" I am old enough to recognize this slogan. I was born in 1958, the youngest of five, with my older siblings in college....
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Why Anvil Gets No Respect

Last time out, I wrote about a forgotten campaign: the Allied landing in the south of France in August 1944. The planners first called it Operation Anvil, then renamed it Dragoon just days before it took...
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No Respect

Life isn't fair, and neither is history. Indeed, some historical events—no matter how vast or significant—seem destined to be forgotten. And World War II is full of them. Let's say you are...
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Typo

I am all thumbs. Put me at a computer keyboard, and I am trouble. I am the lord of the typo. Put my on an iPhone and things get exponentially worse. Put me on an iPhone with that quaint function known as...
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Torpedo Junction

In the battle for Guadalcanal, Imperial submarines ruled the sea—until rigid doctrine dragged them down.
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Ridgway: Iron Man at the Front

Acts of great courage in war aren’t limited to the battlefield. One little-known incident during World War II defined Major General Matthew B. Ridgway as a commander of unrivaled courage when he laid...
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Germany’s He111 Medium Bomber

  Click for larger image. To see past Weapons Manuals by Max Gadney, click here. This infographic originally appeared in the January/February issue of World War...
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Conversation with Matthew Brzezinski

‘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...