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Time Travel: Resurgent Prague

On March 15, 1939, German troops marched through Prague’s historic Wenceslas Square and occupied what was left of the Czechoslovak Republic—only six months after British prime minister Neville...
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Reading List: Anna Reid

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...
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Memoir ’44 is a New Spin on Old-School Fun

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...
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A Rational German Explains His Respect for Hitler

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...
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Travel to the Fall of Singapore

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...
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Truman Smith: The American Who Saw Hitler Coming

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.