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World War II: May 2000 From the Editor

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...
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World War II: March 2000 From the Editor

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...
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World War II: May 1999 From the Editor

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...
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World War II: July 1999 From the Editor

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...
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World War II: March 1999 From the Editor

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....
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World War II: February 1999 From the Editor

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...
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World War II: November 1999 From the Editor

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...
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World War II: September 1999 From the Editor

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,...
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World War II: May 1998 From the Editor

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...
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World War II: November 1998 From the Editor

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...
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World War II: July 1998 From the Editor

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...
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World War II: September 1998 From the Editor

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....
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World War II: February 1998 From the Editor

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...
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World War II: March 1998 From the Editor

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...