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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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    Time Travel: Battlewagon Becalmed

    A FLUKE OF TIMING brought us onto the battleship on December 7. The weekend my wife and I chose to beat the Christmas crunch included the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, from which the USS North Carolina would someday wage war....

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    Fire for Effect: Rich Man’s War

    IT’S GOOD TO BE WEALTHY, and World War II saw the richer side win. The Grand Alliance was a behemoth, consisting of the world’s largest land mass (the Soviet Union), the biggest overseas empire (Great Britain), and the financial and...

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    Omaha the Hard Way: Conversation with Hal Baumgarten

    IT’S AMAZING that Private Hal Baumgarten survived D-Day. The 19-year-old, a member of of Company B, 116th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, was wounded five times. Evacuated on June 7, he had 23 surgeries that inspired him to become a...

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    WWII Today- June 2014

    VA Doctors Lobotomized Hundreds of Troubled American Veterans After the war, doctors at overwhelmed veterans hospitals lobotomized about 2,000 emotionally devastated World War II veterans—and probably hundreds more. Some patients...

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    Reading List: Eri Hotta

    War with the Newts Karel Capek (1936) “This is a brilliant book by the Czech writer who invented the word “robot.” His story of how giant salamanders take over the world after being exploited by humans is at once a chilling social...

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    Letters from Readers: World War II June 2014

    Family History Revealed My father, Robert Leeson, and his brother, A. Dix Leeson, were featured in your article “Wooden Boats at War” (January/ February 2014). Although I tried many times to get my father to talk about battles along...

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    DVD Review: The Monuments Men

    The Monuments Men Directed by George Clooney. 118 minutes. Blu-Ray/DVD, May 20. $30.99. Based on Robert Edsel’s book (see “The Monuments Men Man,” January/February 2014) about the efforts to recover and protect Nazilooted art across...

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    DVD Review: Stalingrad

    Stalingrad Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk. 131 minutes. DVD, May 13. Russian and German; English subtitles. $30.99. The first Russian IMAX feature to hit American screens is the kind of war movie Americans know and usually love, and in...

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    Book Review: The Dead and Those About to Die

    The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach By John C. McManus. 384 pp. NAL Hardcover, 2014. $27.95. After 70 years, is there anything about D-Day left to discover? Yes, because history is a moving target made up...

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    Film Review: D-Day- Normandy 1944

    D-Day: Normandy 1944 Directed by Pascal Vuong. Narrated by Tom Brokaw. 43 minutes. Opens at IMAX 3D theaters across the country in May; check local theater listings. This relatively brief take on D-Day outpunches its weight. A cogent...

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    DVD Review: Generation War

    Generation War Directed by Philipp Kadelbach. 279 minutes. 2 DVDs, May 6. German; English subtitles. $34.95. Generation War begins and ends in a Berlin bar. Five German friends—bright, cheerful, optimistic, expecting to be home by...

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    Let the Games Begin: Sports in World War II

    After peace broke out across Europe, it was time for combat by other means. WHEN THE Selective Service drafted me in February 1943, I recalled a neighbor’s exciting stories of serving as an artilleryman in France during the First World...

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    White Death: Finland Against the Soviet Union

    When Finland fought the Soviet Union in 1939, it was like David and Goliath—with a perverse twist. As they mustered for battle in the Valley of Elah, the armies of Israel knew disaster awaited. Their war against the Philistines was going...

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    Wartoons: Private SNAFU Joins the Fight

    At 44, Frank Capra was Hollywood’s richest and most successful director and a three-time Academy Award winner. Even before the attack on Pearl Harbor, which came a week before he was to finish shooting Arsenic and Old Lace, he had been...

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    Killer Lily: The Saratoga

    They said the Saratoga spent too much time at anchor—until the old flattop roared to work. WITH A FACE WEATHERED BY decades at sea and framed by bushy salt-and-pepper eyebrows, Vice Admiral William F. “Bull” Halsey Jr.often looked...

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    Book Reviews: A Matter of Honor by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

    Historian Richard B. Frank reviews authors Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan's latest book on the controversial career of naval commander Admiral Husband S. Kimmel...