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World War II

Reading List: Anna Reid

Published: April 23, 2012 at 11:18 am
A Writer at War Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941–1945 Vasily Grossman, edited and translated by Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova (2006) "Grossman was a war correspondent for the Red Army newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda. His long-banned doorstop of a …

Memoir '44 is a New Spin on Old-School Fun

Patrick Clark | Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:53 am
Memoir '44 is distinctive in a way rare to most videogames: it's one of only a handful that my girlfriend has ever really enjoyed, let alone wanted to play again. Made by longtime board game maker Days of Wonder, …

Lloyd Clark's Battle of the Tanks

Dennis Showalter | Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:52 am
Dennis Showalter reviews the best new book on Kursk

Joe Rochefort's War: Deciphering a Code Breaker

Richard Frank | Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:51 am
Rich Frank reviews a new bio on the man behind Midway

What If Winston Churchill Had Offered Less "Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat"?

Mark Grimsley | Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:51 am
The impact Churchill’s image had on the postwar world would have been altered.

A Rational German Explains His Respect for Hitler

Laurence Rees | Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:50 am
There are many people who think that there was some kind of uniquely German gene that made millions succumb to Hitler. But if, as I did, these people had the chance to meet Karl Boehm-Tettlebach, who worked for Hitler …

Travel to the Fall of Singapore

John D. Lukacs | Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:49 am
Soon after my arrival on steamy Singapore, I swore I heard bagpipes—faint, haunting skirls that, in my mind, were fading echoes from the past. The scenery, the tropical weather, the history of the island—all invoked in me a strange …

A U-Boat Commander Shares Memories of His Captor—and Friend

Andrew Carroll | Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:49 am
On March 19, 1944, Allied warplanes blew up a German U-boat off the coast of the Cape Verde Islands, killing 47 of its 55 crewmen. Among the survivors was the submarine's Austrian commander, Gunter Leopold, who was picked up by …

From D-Day to Paris: The Story of a Lifetime

Alex Kershaw | Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:48 am
Three legendary war correspondents—Robert Capa, Ernie Pyle, and Ernest Hemingway—scramble to cover the Allied advance across France.

Corregidor: The last battle in the fall of the Philippines

Bill Sloan | Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:47 am
Once a haven, the island fortress of Corregidor became its own brand of hell following the fall of Bataan

Warsaw Rising: Hope and Betrayal

Andrew Curry | Published: April 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm
As Poland's underground army struggled to pry the Germans from their capital, Stalin sat back and let the Rising fail.

Truman Smith: The American Who Saw Hitler Coming

Andrew Nagorski | Published: March 01, 2012 at 2:22 pm
Military attaché Truman Smith was the first American diplomat to meet a local agitator in Munich named Adolf Hitler, and among the first to warn of Germany’s military resurgence. His reports were timely, prescient—and largely ignored.

Conversation with Walt Ehlers, D-Day Veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient

Gene Santoro | Published: February 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Walt Ehlers will turn 91 this May, but his memories of landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day and fighting until V-E Day haven't dimmed. Staff Sergeant Ehlers of the 1st Infantry Division killed dozens of Germans and was wounded …

Patton: The German View

Harry Yeide | Published: January 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Popular knowledge is that the Germans so feared and admired the American general, they watched his every move. The truth is very different.

Alaska's Cutthroats

Samantha Seiple | Published: January 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm
When Japan captured a forbidding stretch of Alaskan soil, a group of tough-as-nails commandos led the charge to take it back

Tokyo Slim

Jim Laurier | Published: January 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm
Mitsubishi's A6M Type 0, the top carrier-based fighter in the opening days of the war
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