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Zero Hour on Nihau

Richard B. Frank | Published: October 29, 2010 at 2:08 pm
Did the actions of a handful of people on a remote Hawaiian island lead to the internment of over 100,000 Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor?

World War II: March 2001 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 2001 at 1:01 am
Aviation pioneer Ira C. Eaker was an architect of the Eighth Air Force. On August 17, 1942, American heavy bombers conducted their first raid against occupied Europe when 12 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses, escorted by Royal Air Force (RAF) Supermarine …

World War II: February 2001 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 2001 at 1:01 am
Bataan Death March survivors seek Japanese corporate compensation. During the early days of the war in the Pacific, small victories such as those of the intrepid American destroyers at Balikpapan, Borneo and the repulse of the initial Japanese landings on …

World War II: March 2001 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 2001 at 1:01 am
Aviation pioneer Ira C. Eaker was an architect of the Eighth Air Force. On August 17, 1942, American heavy bombers conducted their first raid against occupied Europe when 12 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses, escorted by Royal Air Force (RAF) Supermarine …

World War II: January 2001 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 2001 at 1:01 am
Low-level night bombing set much of Tokyo on fire in March 1945. Although the first Boeing B-29 raid on the Japanese homeland produced less than outstanding results, it was a harbinger of the destruction yet to come. High-altitude daylight raids …

World War II: March 2001 Letters

Published: August 19, 2001 at 1:01 am
Thanks From England As an island we were hard pressed, very little food was getting in by convoys and the nightly bombings were fraying us round the edges. Then the Yanks arrived. I was 18, and my head was full …

World War II: February 2001 Letters

Published: August 19, 2001 at 1:01 am
The Missing Message I enjoyed reading the November 2000 "Undercover" regarding the "East Wind Rain" message. I found the department interesting but I feel you missed a point. You say the East Wind Rain message was received and that it …

World War II: January 2001 Letters

Published: August 19, 2001 at 1:01 am
Letters - Submit World War II Flags Over Mount Suribachi In the "Perspectives," department of the January 2000 issue, R.C. House wrote that the large American flag that flew over Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima in February …

World War II: March 2001 Almanac

Published: August 19, 2001 at 1:01 am
Sixty Years Ago: February-March 1941 When Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, summoned Rear Admiral Patrick N.L. Bellinger to his office on March 1, 1941, his purpose was to direct Bellinger to begin working …

World War II: February 2001 Almanac

Published: August 19, 2001 at 1:01 am
Sixty Years Ago: January-February 1941 For the British in North Africa, victory followed victory during the winter of 1940-41. In roughly eight weeks of fighting, Commonwealth forces had thrown the Italians out of Egypt and chased them across Libya. In …

World War II: January 2001 Almanac

Published: August 19, 2001 at 1:01 am
Sixty Years Ago: December 1940-January 1941 On December 18, 1940, Adolf Hitler issued Führer Directive No. 21, authorizing final preparations for the German invasion of the Soviet Union. The order was also the death warrant for the Third Reich. Four …

World War II: September 2000 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 2000 at 1:01 am
The voice of Edward R. Murrow brought 'the Blitz' home to Americans. At the height of the Battle of Britain, as bombs rained down on London and other British cities, isolationist fervor remained strong in the United States. The Japanese …

World War II: January 2000 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 2000 at 1:01 am
This issue finds us at the dawn of a new millennium, an apt time to reflect upon a unique privilege. We are the guardians of the memory, the sacrifice and the ideals of those who achieved victory in World War …

World War II: July 2000 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 2000 at 1:01 am
Operation Bolero transformed England into a gigantic pre-invasion storehouse of war materiel. Even those who know very little about World War II are still likely to recognize the code name Operation Overlord, the designation for the assault on Adolf Hitler's …

World War II: May 2000 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 2000 at 1:01 am
The U.S. Navy bore the brunt of kamikaze fury off Okinawa during the desperate battle to secure the island. The ferocity of the fight between ships and planes that occurred off Okinawa in April and May 1945 is unparalleled in …

World War II: March 2000 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 2000 at 1:01 am
While research into jet technology began before World War II, the conflict hastened the coming of the Jet Age. Although much has been written and said about the Messerschmitt Me-262 jet fighter, it was the Heinkel He-178 that made the …
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