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    WWII Letters from Readers- June 2007

    A Few More Minutes With Andy Rooney I read the interview with Andy Rooney (April) with great interest. Andy reports how astounded American ground forces were to find the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River, at Remagen, still intact,...

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    What if: Suppose France Had Not Fallen in 1940?

    The Battle of France began on May 10, 1940. It ended just six weeks later on June 25, when the French government capitulated to Nazi Germany after a disastrous, humiliating defeat. By that time, Belgium, the Netherlands, and tiny...

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    WWII Book Review: Mafia Allies

    Mafia Allies: The True Story of America’s Secret Alliance with the Mob in World War II By Tim Newark. 256 pp. 32 b&w illustrations. Zenith Press, 2007. $24.95 Did Lucky Luciano save New York harbor from Axis sabotage? Did the Mafia...

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    Peace Is Hell

    U.S. troops arriving in Germany found starvation, looting, chaos, and utter devastation. So they threw out the rule book. The Germans called it Stunde Null—zero hour. The Americans called it V-E Day. On May 8, 1945, more than two million...

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    Free Records, 8 Million of ’Em

    An instant hit with the troops, V-Discs are today a priceless archive of rare performances by jazz and pop greats. The letter, signed by a GI attached to one of the army’s far-flung radio stations, arrived from somewhere in Alaska....

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    At the Gates of Moscow

    In the fall of 1941, two gargantuan armies faced each other in the largest and most costly battle in all of human history. In official accounts of the Great Patriotic War, one belief has been so sacred as to be unchallengeable: no matter...

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    Two Letters Frame the Moment Paradise Lost Its Innocence

    “There is a pineapple field right outside our window,” twenty-four year-old Guy Bair wrote in an October 17, 1941, letter to his mother, describing a lush island oasis of palm trees, tropical flowers, and cloud-encircled mountains....

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    WWII Review: Medal of Honor- Vanguard

    The U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division was at the forefront of many of the most important battles in Europe during the war. In Medal of Honor: Vanguard, you play Cpl. Frank Keegan with the 82nd in Sicily (Operation Husky), the Normandy...

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    WWII Review: Black Book

    Black Book (2006) Director: Paul Verhoeven Cast: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, et al. Time: 145 minutes. Color. Dutch, German, English, Hebrew (English subtitles) In this hyperdrive pulp fiction set in 1944–45 Holland, Rachel Stein,...

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    Bombs that were Smart Before their Time

    On the afternoon of Thursday, September 9, 1943, Adm. Carlo Bergamini was a worried man. The day before, the Italian government had signed an armistice, and that morning, at 2:30 a.m., he had sortied from La Spezia to deliver the remains...

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    The MacArthur No One Knew

    The legendary general’s renown as a military strategist owes much to his deft cribbing of the ideas of others. “My God, but he was smart,” admitted an awed Dwight D. Eisenhower. The remark was particularly notable because for all...

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    WWII Review: Hour of Victory

    With the multitude of World War II first person shooter titles available, originality is the defining factor in the success of new additions to this crowded field. Hour of Victory attempts to be original in an original way: rather than...

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    WWII Review: Remembering 1,060 Days in the Pacific

    National Museum of the Pacific War 340 East Main Street Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 nimitz-museum.org 830-997-4379 Set in Texas hill country, Fredericksburg isn’t the obvious spot for this museum. But Adm. Chester Nimitz was born here,...

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    WWII Book Review: They Fought at Anzio

    They Fought at Anzio By John S. D. Eisenhower. 328 pp. University of Missouri Press, 2007. $34.95. The Italian campaign is doomed to be the stepchild of World War II. It was a long, hard slog up the rocky boot against a German foe dug into...

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    Who Really Won the War?

    Soviet sacrifice and criminality are the unspoken truths of World War II. As a prelude to various talks on the Second World War, I often present the audience with four or five simple questions: Can you name the five biggest battles of the...

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    WWII Review: The War

    The War Director: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Time: 15 hours. Color/B&W A few dozen eyewitnesses to history, plucked from four American towns, wend their sometimes intersecting ways through history’s largest epic. Like leitmotifs in a...