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  • World War II Magazine

    Made in America: Americans in Support of the Nazi Cause

    Homegrown hate intertwined the Stars and Stripes and swastika as war neared. In six decades and at three different locations, Manhattan’s storied Madison Square Garden had witnessed diverse spectacles—from circuses and con- certs to...

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    Highway to Hell: Defending Anzio

    To preserve the Anzio beachhead against a massive German counterattack, Allied troops resorted to a brutal ground game. There was total silence. No clank of tank tracks, no drone of aircraft engines, no thunder of distant artillery. All...

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    A Few Good Marines: Dogs in Wartime

    In the Pacific, Americans warriors learned how to let slip the dogs of war.  THE SEAS OFF BOUGAINVILLE were rough on the morning of November 1, 1943, and the beaches were cluttered with swamped landing craft. The first and second...

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    Time Travel: Darkness on the Edge of Town

    JUST OFF THE A8, about 30 miles northwest of Stuttgart, sits a bustling German city of 120,000. Located in the Baden-Württemberg region near the French border, Pforzheim perches at the edge of the Black Forest in a valley that pours from...

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    Fire for Effect: Mac Does a Cartwheel

    I’ VE NEVER FOUND it easy to warm up to General Douglas MacArthur, and I know I’m not alone. A haughty aristocrat in a nation that prefers home spun heroes, an aloof figure with a Messiah complex who couldn’t speak respectfully even...

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    Letters from Readers- World War II April 2014

    Focused on the Photos I would like your help in identifying the rifle on page 40 of Phil Stern’s story “Still Focused,” (November/December 2013). A Ranger is taking aim with what appears to be a rifle with a Springfield 1903/1903A3...

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    Exercise in Tragedy: Practice for the D-Day Landings

    Ready to give their all on D-Day, hundreds of GIs and sailors lost their lives rehearsing for the landings. In at least one respect, the name Slapton Sands is a misnomer. There is no sand at all on the beach at the edge of Lyme Bay, of the...

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    Fire for Effect: Rich Man’s War

    IT’S GOOD TO BE WEALTHY, and World War II saw the richer side win. The Grand Alliance was a behemoth, consisting of the world’s largest land mass (the Soviet Union), the biggest overseas empire (Great Britain), and the financial and...

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    Reading List: Eri Hotta

    War with the Newts Karel Capek (1936) “This is a brilliant book by the Czech writer who invented the word “robot.” His story of how giant salamanders take over the world after being exploited by humans is at once a chilling social...

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    Letters from Readers: World War II June 2014

    Family History Revealed My father, Robert Leeson, and his brother, A. Dix Leeson, were featured in your article “Wooden Boats at War” (January/ February 2014). Although I tried many times to get my father to talk about battles along...

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    DVD Review: The Monuments Men

    The Monuments Men Directed by George Clooney. 118 minutes. Blu-Ray/DVD, May 20. $30.99. Based on Robert Edsel’s book (see “The Monuments Men Man,” January/February 2014) about the efforts to recover and protect Nazilooted art across...

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    DVD Review: Stalingrad

    Stalingrad Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk. 131 minutes. DVD, May 13. Russian and German; English subtitles. $30.99. The first Russian IMAX feature to hit American screens is the kind of war movie Americans know and usually love, and in...

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    Book Review: The Dead and Those About to Die

    The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach By John C. McManus. 384 pp. NAL Hardcover, 2014. $27.95. After 70 years, is there anything about D-Day left to discover? Yes, because history is a moving target made up...

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    DVD Review: Generation War

    Generation War Directed by Philipp Kadelbach. 279 minutes. 2 DVDs, May 6. German; English subtitles. $34.95. Generation War begins and ends in a Berlin bar. Five German friends—bright, cheerful, optimistic, expecting to be home by...

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    Let the Games Begin: Sports in World War II

    After peace broke out across Europe, it was time for combat by other means. WHEN THE Selective Service drafted me in February 1943, I recalled a neighbor’s exciting stories of serving as an artilleryman in France during the First World...

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    White Death: Finland Against the Soviet Union

    When Finland fought the Soviet Union in 1939, it was like David and Goliath—with a perverse twist. As they mustered for battle in the Valley of Elah, the armies of Israel knew disaster awaited. Their war against the Philistines was going...