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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 …

German POWs: Coming Soon to a Town Near You

Ronald H. Bailey | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm
Americans on the home front had to cope with an unprecedented enemy invasion as thousands of German POWs moved in for the duration

German POWs: Enemies In Our Midst

Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm
Did they set up camp near your home town?

Mount Tapotchau: The Marines Take Saipan's High Ground

James Campbell | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm
To hold Saipan's bloody peak, the Bastard Battalion had to dig in

Pride and Prejudice: The Montford Point Marines on Saipan

James Campbell | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm
As the U.S. Marine Corps fought Japanese troops for Saipan, one group of Marines there was battling on a different level.

Travel: Khalkhin Gol, Mongolia

Stuart D. Goldman | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm
Stuart D. Goldman shares his exploits at the battlefield of Nomonhan

What If Hitler Had Not Come to Power?

Mark Grimsley | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm
Would Germany have set a peaceful course?

How Curiosity Killed

Laurence Rees | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm
A Lithuanian Holocaust perpetrator explains why he murdered Jewish men, women, and children

Weapons Manual: The Independence-class light carrier

Jim Laurier | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:04 pm
Hard-charging hybrids, these U.S. Navy vessels were built on hulls meant for cruisers

Review: Ben Macintyre's Double Cross

David Stafford | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm
Double Cross The True Story of the D-Day Spies By Ben Macintyre. 416 pp. Crown, 2012. $26. While the Allies were securing their tenuous beachhead at Normandy, the Germans kept the bulk of their forces north of the Seine River, …

Review: The Rape of Nanking, second edition

Gene Santoro | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm
The Rape of Nanking The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II By Iris Chang. 314 pp. Basic, new edition 2012. $15.99. This passionate book, recently reissued, is bristling with facts, figures, and the memories of witnesses. They put flesh on …

Game Review: Sniper Elite V2

Patrick Clark | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm
Sniper Elite V2 puts players in the shoes of Karl Fairburne, a lone American OSS sniper operative deep behind enemy lines in Berlin in April 1945. Vicious fighting engulfs the city as the Soviets topple German resistance on all fronts …

Private Wojtek, Reporting for Duty

Karen Jensen | Published: August 08, 2012 at 10:08 am
The soldier bear who went to war for Poland

Avalanche: How Both Sides Lost at Salerno

Robert M. Citino | Published: June 08, 2012 at 4:43 pm
Sometimes it's not whether you win or lose, but whether you wind up in a long, protracted struggle.
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