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World War II: November 2000 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 2000 at 1:01 am
Mistakes and missed opportunities might have made all the difference in World War II. As editor of World War II for the past eight years, I have considered it something of a mission never to begin one of my editorials …

World War II: February 2000 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 2000 at 1:01 am
Hawaii's war memorials serve as lasting tributes to those who lost their lives in service to their country. Recently, I was privileged to travel to Hawaii, where two of the United States' best-known World War II shrines are located, the …

World War II: May 1999 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 1999 at 1:01 am
Major General John P. Lucas found himself in a no-win situation when the VI Corps landed at Anzio. Shakespeare's Richard III opens with the title character musing, "Now is the winter of our discontent…." The winter of 1943-44 was just …

World War II: July 1999 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 1999 at 1:01 am
Photographer Robert Capa risked his life to get close to the action at Omaha Beach on D-Day. When soldiers of the 16th Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division landed at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, photographer Robert Capa, in …

World War II: March 1999 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 1999 at 1:01 am
Admiral John H. Towers was the architect of the U.S. Navy's carrier aviation program. Admirals Chester W. Nimitz, Ernest J. King, Raymond A. Spruance and Marc A. Mitscher have their place in history assured. Their accomplishments during the war are …

The Design of the World War II Memorial

Michael E. Haskew | Published: August 19, 1999 at 1:01 am
The design concept for the long-awaited National World War II Memorial has been approved.

World War II: February 1999 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 1999 at 1:01 am
Steven Spielberg's film Saving Private Ryan brings viewers face to face with the brutal reality of war. In September 1862, before the debris of battle was cleared from the fields around Antietam Creek in western Maryland, photographers Alexander Gardner and …

World War II: November 1999 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 1999 at 1:01 am
For many future historians, an interest in the story of World War II begins with a good book. Through the years a number of people have asked me how I became interested in military history and particularly in World War …

World War II: September 1999 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 1999 at 1:01 am
Tojo's granddaughter seeks to rehabilitate the image of Japan's wartime prime minister, who was hanged. A recent Associated Press story related that Yuko Tojo, granddaughter of Japan's wartime prime minister, Hideki Tojo, was planning a visit to the USS Arizona …

World War II: September 1998 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 1998 at 1:01 am
Several of Adolf Hitler's generals conspired to rid Germany of their Führer during the war. By far the best-known attempt on Adolf Hitler's life, known as Operation Valkyrie. occurred on July 20, 1944. Count Claus von Stauffenberg planted a bomb …

World War II: February 1998 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 1998 at 1:01 am
The Japanese people continue to wrestle with the truth when it comes to their World War II atrocities. In a very real sense, Japan continues to fight World War II. Although the guns of armed conflict have long been silent …

World War II: March 1998 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 1998 at 1:01 am
Debate still rages over the effectiveness of the Allied strategic bombing offensive in Europe. Virtually from its beginning, the Allied strategic bombing offensive against Germany stirred controversy. Differing philosophies and forceful personalities finally put more than two decades of speculation …

World War II: May 1998 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 1998 at 1:01 am
Intelligence, heroism and just plain luck combined to produce the miracle that was the Battle of Midway. The late Gordon W. Prange, a best-selling author and noted professor of history at the University of Maryland, titled one of his works …

World War II: November 1998 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 1998 at 1:01 am
Modern science has laid to rest the mystery ofMartin Bormann's death once and for all. A few months ago, a wire service story trumpeted the news that the bones of Martin Bormann, private secretary to Adolf Hitler, had been …

World War II: July 1998 From the Editor

Published: August 19, 1998 at 1:01 am
The acquiescence of the German people facilitated the rise of Hitler and the Nazis. For all the research and writing that has been done on the subject of World War II in the 53 years since the great conflict ended, …

American Aviators Aloft at Pearl Harbor

Michael E. Haskew | Published: August 19, 1998 at 1:01 am
Two heroic American aviators led a spirited defense against the Japanese at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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