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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Fire and Fury

    Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942–1945 By Randall Hansen. 368 pp. NAL Caliber, 2009. $25.95. Many decades after the Axis defeat, the war’s strategic bombing campaigns still have the power to polarize. The 1994 dispute...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Case of the Mysterious Lob Bomb

    Protecting the drawdown of U.S. troops in 1971, a cavalry squadron was hit with a puzzling—and terrifying—enemy tactic. At long last, the stewardess announced that we would be arriving at Cam Ranh Bay shortly. It was early March 1971...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Extremes: Amerika Bombers

    Germany tried to develop airplanes capable of bombing the United States, but they couldn’t go the distance. Before World War II, Adolf Hitler and his advisers built a tactical air force— dive bombers, ground-attack mud movers, medium...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Simple. Cheap. Deadly.

    Nasty little coal bombs. In January 1864, Confederate President Jefferson Davis sat at his desk in the Richmond White House, admiring a new secret weapon. What resembled nothing more than a lump of coal was in fact a miniature torpedo, or...

  • World War II Magazine

    Bombs Away Under London

    Bomb disposal during London’s Blitz was a job for the brave—and the lucky. A little after first light on Sunday, May 11, 1941, a bomb disposal squad threaded its way through the scarred streets of London toward Victoria Station, one of...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Letters from Readers- June 2011

    Fuze Fans I must note an inaccurate spelling in the article “Bombs Away” (January/February) when describing German bomb fuzes. The author uses a spelling of “fuse,” which is incorrect. A fuse is a cord of readily combustible...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Letters from Readers- February 2012

    We Were Lob Bombed Too Following up on General Stanley Cherrie’s article (December,“Case of the Mysterious Lob Bomb”), I was a first lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines, headquartered on Hill 55 southwest of Da Nang in the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Classic: Command Decision

    Command Decision by William Wister Haines 12 O’Clock High, published in 1948 by Bernie Lay Jr. and Sy Bartlett, and Command Decision, published a year earlier by William Wister Haines, are the two great novels of the bombing campaign to...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Bombs Away!

    Bombs Away! The World War II Bombing Campaigns Over Europe by John R. Bruning, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minn., 2011, $50 Almost too big to get your arms around, almost too heavy for even a cast-iron coffee table, Bombs Away! is a...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Scaling New Heights

    Conceived to combat Germany’s high-altitude bombers, the Westland Welkin arrived on the scene too late to fulfill its mission. Aircraft don’t come much more extreme looking than the Westland Welkin. With its glider-like high-...

  • MHQ Magazine

    D-Day Revisited

    The author, laden with oral-history transcripts, spent a summer in Normandy studying the battle that marked the beginning of the end of the war in Europe.   AS PART OF THE RESEARCH for a book I am writing about D-Day, timed for the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Kings of the Rubble

    Militants hoped the bombing of Iraq’s al-Askari shrine would inflame a sectarian civil war between the nation’s Sunni and Shiite Muslims—and they got their wish. Though bloodless, the Feb. 22, 2006, bombing of the al-Askari shrine in...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Mission to Berlin

    Mission to Berlin: The American Airmen Who Struck the Heart of Hitler’s Reich By Robert F. Dorr. 336 pp. Zenith Press, 2011. $28.  On February 3, 1945, more than a thousand heavy bombers of the U.S. Eighth Air Force, protected by...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Napalm’s Fiery Fall Into Infamy

    The incendiary bomb’s global debut was widely applauded and subsequent Cold War deployments little criticized. Vietnam shifted the paradigm. The jellied gasoline concoction created by Harvard scientist Louis Fieser help defeat the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Blowup at the Covey Bomb Dump

    The fireworks didn’t let up for 10 days during the Vietnam War’s most successful aerial interdiction effort against the Ho Chi Minh Trail. In the pitch-black early morning hours of December 19, 1970, a U.S. Air Force forward air...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    A Study in Terror

    Fifty years ago, a Saigon Special Action Team took the Viet Cong terrorism campaign to a new level by bombing the Capital–Kinh Do Theater. On the evening of Feb. 16, 1964, during the Tet Lunar New Year holiday, about 500 Americans were...