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World War II


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

Why Eva Braun Deserves No Sympathy: Conversation with Heike Görtemaker

Richard Ernsberger Jr. | Published: January 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Sixty-seven years after her death, Eva Braun, the long-time mistress of Adolf Hitler, remains a mysterious figure. Heike G. Görtemaker, a German historian and author, attempts to add clarity to the life of a woman who met Hitler as …

A Soviet Strongman Reflects on the Art of Crushing Fear

Laurence Rees | Published: January 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm
How Stalin's policies meant the difference between life and death, and not in the way one might think

Jamaica: U-boats, Rum, and Refugees

Saba Igbe | Published: January 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm
Jamaica is best known for rum, reggae music, and its beach scene, but the easygoing Caribbean island had its share of wartime activity and intrigue. During the war there were at least a dozen major American military bases in …

What If Werner Heisenberg Had Been a Nazi?

Mark Grimsley | Published: January 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm
The man who had a potential to be the world’s greatest atomic physicist could have tipped power into Germany's favor.
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