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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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    True Fiction: The Caine Mutiny

    Why a classic World War II story always matters. Herman Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny may be the greatest American novel of World War II. This 1951 study of men at war with a foreign foe and with each other spent 122 weeks on the New York...

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    The Shanghai Gambit

    When China lured Japan into urban combat in 1937, the result revealed the Empire’s strengths—and its liabilities. All throughout the 1930s, Japan pecked at China, provoking “incidents,” demanding apologies, brandishing ultimatums,...

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    Hitler’s Harvard Man: Ernst Hanfstaengl

    On his way up, the Nazi leader had help from a source steeped in American culture.  On a cold spring morning in 1906, a canoeist on the Charles River in Boston lost control in the swift current and tipped into the water. At that...

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    Forgotten Valor: Royce Special Mission

    An accident of timing consigned a groundbreaking mission to the shadows. The San Antonio Rose II, steel propellers slashing the skies above the Celebes Sea, was hurtling toward hell at 200 miles an hour. The B-17 was leading a flight of 10...

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    Time Travel: The Forgotten Battlefield

    WHEN WE FINALLY reached Koror, the economic center of the Republic of Palau, we were very happy to be there; our flight from Los Angeles, with stops at Hawaii and Guam, had lasted 15 hours. A little sleep, showers, then we were off to...

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    Their Darkest Hour: All Too Inhuman

    THE JAPANESE assault on the Chinese is one of the least well- known facets of the Second World War. And yet that conflict was immense: At least 20 million Chinese died between 1937 and 1945 as the Japanese Imperial Army sought to turn...

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    War Letters: A Navy Doctor Describes His Unusual Service in the Gobi...

    IN 1943, 23-YEAR-OLD New Yorker Henry J. Heimlich left medical school to enlist in the U.S. Navy, which sent him to China for the duration of the war. On September 13, 1945, he wrote to his sister Cecilia about the quirks of the remote...

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    At War with the Enemy’s Mind: Conversation with Betty McIntosh

    MOST FEMALE spies in World War II weren’t Mata Haris. Witness Elizabeth “Betty” McIntosh (then MacDonald), a disinformation specialist with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services. McIntosh helped the OSS devise campaigns in the Far...

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    The Reading List: Stanley McChrystal

    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand (2010) “Hillenbrand is masterful in weaving one man’s story of unbelievable strength, faith, and endurance into the larger context of world...

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    WWII Today: June 2013

    Midway Discovery Raises Profile of Late, Mostly Unlamented Fighter Few mourned the fate of the Brewster Buffalo in mid-1942, when the Grumman Wildcat replaced the stubby prewar aircraft, least of all pilots who had had to fly the Buffalo...

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    Letters from Readers- World War II June 2013

    Art for the Ages MY FATHER, Albert A. Linder, made “trench art” items like the ones in January/ February’s “Time Pieces” while stationed at Pearl Harbor during the war. He was a machinist first class. He helped raise and repair...

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    What If Japan Had Won at Midway?

    IT IS JUNE 4, 1942. Spearheaded by four aircraft carriers, the Japanese mobile task force steams toward Midway Atoll in the Central Pacific, hoping to lure into battle the remnants of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The Japanese do not know that,...

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    WWII Review: Ghost Army

    Ghost Army Directed by Rick Beyer. 60 minutes, $24.99. Also airing on PBS and playing at select theaters; information at ghostarmy.org. The Ghost Army of World War II: Artists of Deception By Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles. 48 pp. Plate...

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    WWII Book Review: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

    The Making of the Atomic Bomb: The 25th Anniversary of the Classic History By Richard Rhodes. 838 pp. Simon & Schuster, 2012 (with new forward by the author). $21.  The great Danish physicist Niels Bohr, writes journalist and...

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    Torpedoes in Paradise

    Yes, the Germans and the Japanese did collaborate. No, it didn’t do much good. The USS Sea south of Borneo the afternoon of April 23, 1945. The submarine’s skipper, Lieutenant Commander Herman E. Miller, had come to trust the uncannily...

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    First Proof of the Nazi Murder Machine

    Soviet soldiers of the Third Belorussian Army could be forgiven for thinking at first glance that what they had just come across in the Polish city of Lublin was a POW camp, given the rows of barracks that stretched off into the distance....