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Unknown Soldiers


Unknown Soldiers


The Engineer Who Greased the P-38 Lightning

Stephen Budiansky | Published: October 05, 2011 at 8:31 am
Long before any airplanes approached the sound barrier, John Stack was traveling there in his mind. As a teenager he worked to save enough money for a few hours of flying lessons in a Canuck biplane at an airfield …

The Photographer Who Took the Navy's Portrait

Stephen Budiansky | Published: June 02, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Edward Steichen and his unit captured every side of naval life, from card games to storming beaches.

The Bolshevik Who Believed in Tanks

Stephen Budiansky | Published: March 30, 2011 at 10:53 am
Mikhail Tukhachevsky's new "deep battle" tank doctrine allowed the Soviets to smash German armor at Kursk and thereafter

The Traitor Who Inspired His Country

Stephen Budiansky | Published: February 01, 2011 at 4:05 pm
Hotzumi Ozaki, the only Japanese to be formally tried and hanged for treason during the war, became a role model for his countrymen.

The Army's Dancing Master Sergeant

Stephen Budiansky | Published: November 03, 2010 at 10:20 am
Robert Sidney, leftWhen America entered World War II, songwriter Irving Berlin was 53 years old—and desperate to do something for the war effort. In the Great War he had staged an all-soldier revue that included his famous ballad to the …

Edward Uhl, the Man Behind the Bazooka

Stephen Budiansky | Published: September 30, 2010 at 10:09 am
The breakthrough that launched a thousand rockets.

An American Doctor's Quiet Fight in Occupied Paris

Stephen Budiansky | Published: July 30, 2010 at 9:34 am
Sumner Jackson made the most of his position as chief of surgery and secreted injured Allied prisoners out of occupied Paris.

Arthur Coningham, the Outsider Who Unleashed the Air Force

Stephen Budiansky | Published: June 01, 2010 at 12:28 pm
Arthur Coningham may have been Australian, but his core principles of air-ground coordination still guide the U.S. Army today.

The Horticulturist who Disarmed Bombs After the Blitz

Stephen Budiansky | Published: April 12, 2010 at 11:08 am
In 1940, the Blitz found Britain utterly unprepared to cope with the rain of unexploded German bombs that quickly began filling the streets of London and other major cities. No one had even anticipated the problem, certainly not John Hudson.

The Scientist Who Survived the Gulag to Launch Sputnik

Stephen Budiansky | Published: April 12, 2010 at 11:07 am
A victim of Stalin's Great Purge, Sergei Korolev designed the Tu-2 bomber in prison and went on to lead the Soviet space program.

The Doll Seller Who Played With Japanese Spies

Stephen Budiansky | Published: April 12, 2010 at 11:03 am
Would-be spy Velvalee Dickinson put her doll business to work for the Japanese.
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