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  • World War II Magazine

    Pearl Harbor Attack: Lieutenant Lawrence Ruff Survived the Attack Aboard the USS...

    Lieutenant Lawrence Ruff, USS Nevada‘s communications officer, rose early that Sunday. He had turned in after the ship’s movie the night before, planning to attend church services on the hospital ship Solace. Since his...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: WWII in HD

    Time: 10 hours. Color/B&W. Narrated by Gary Sinise. Think of this series as Ken Burns in astounding high definition, minus the often-portentous tone. It follows a dozen individuals (two war correspondents, an army nurse, a Tuskegee...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Japan’s Imperial Army

    Japan’s Imperial Army: Its Rise and Fall, 1853–1945 By Edward J. Drea. 332 pp. University Press of Kansas, 2009. $34.95. This is the perfect meeting of author and subject: Edward J. Drea, the preeminent American authority on the...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Letters from Readers- February 2010

    More Than a Machine Ronald H. Bailey’s “The Incredible Jeep” was extremely interesting and obviously well researched (September 2009). He comments that GIs and generals alike considered the jeep practically indestructible! Well, I...

  • American History Magazine

    Codemakers: History of the Navajo Code Talkers

    After being vexed by Japanese cryptographers during World War II, the Americans succeeded by developing a secret code based on the language of the Navajos....

  • World War II Magazine

    Iron Will: Scrapping History

    Americans at times went too far in their nearly unstoppable drive to collect scrap metal for the war effort. Every store, farm, and business in Comanche County shut down for the day on Friday, August 28, 1942. This was no traditional...

  • World War II Magazine

    Triumph on Bataan

    At a place that evokes loss, America forged an unlikely victory. As seen from Lt. William E. Dyess’s new vantage point, this war was not going well. Not for the United States. Not for his men. And certainly not for him. In mid-January...

  • World War II Magazine

    Russia’s Ice Road Truckers

    During the most lethal siege in history, the fate of millions hinged on one treacherous supply route. The pair of Messerschmitts banked low in the sky as they made another run against the long string of trucks silhouetted by the moon...

  • MHQ Magazine

    1939 Polish Cavalry vs. German Panzers

    The real story is far more interesting than the enduring Nazi-promulgated myth. On September 1, 1939, German land, air, and sea units struck targets all across Poland. Although it was not a surprise attack, the speed and level of violence...

  • World War II Magazine

    Terror and Survival at Tarawa

    The returning amtrac churned toward the safety of the invasion fleet at Tarawa. A Japanese shell splashed close behind. A second exploded to the right. Then came the third...

  • World War II Magazine

    Fire for Effect: Invisible Man Simpson

    Skillful, reliable, and able to handle any mission, a guy named Bill Simpson managed to be one of the greatest generals all while avoiding the spotlight. ...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Review: Search and Destroy

    Search and Destroy: The Story of an Armored Cavalry Squadron in Viet Nam, 1/1 Cav, 1967-1968 by Keith W. Nolan, Zenith Press, 2010  In Search and Destroy, the late Keith Nolan has written yet another masterpiece on the Vietnam War....

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Death Dance in the Dark

    James Gillam’s most terrifying moments in Vietnam came in the pitch-black darkness of an enemy tunnel. After his poor academic performance in the spring of 1968, Ohio University sophomore James Gillam lost his deferment and was drafted...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Still Desperately Seeking Sean

    Four decades later, iconoclastic photographer Tim Page and the U.S. military find themselves playing the same tune in the search for remains of Sean Flynn. The freelance war photographer who uncompromisingly documented the bloody grind of...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    On the Crossbow War’s Front Lines

    In 1962, the CIA, U.S. Special Forces and Vietnam’s Montagnard tribes were breaking new ground, developing counterinsurgency and unconventional warfare principles that live on today. Two hours after sunset, automatic weapons fire...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Garcia’s Cadillacs

    Although he stood less than 5 feet tall, Marine Salvador Garcia was a giant. There is a special place in my heart for Salvador Garcia. His curious eyes and humble expression opened onto a soul that was modest and accepting, but he was a...