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  • World War II Magazine

    What if: the British Hadn’t Bombed Hamburg?

    During 1943 the RAF’s Bomber Command fought three aerial campaigns in the night skies over Nazi Germany: the Battle of the Ruhr (March through June), the Battle of Hamburg (July 24–25 to August 2–3), and the Battle of Berlin...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: MiGs Over North Vietnam

    MiGs Over North Vietnam: The Vietnamese People’s Air Force in Combat, 1965-1973 by Roger Boniface. Specialty Press, 2008, $54.95 Although numerous books have been published on the American bombing effort over North Vietnam, comparatively...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Master Bombers

    Master Bombers: The Experiences of a Pathfinder Squadron at War, 1944-1945 Sean Feast, Grubb Street, London, 2008, $36 Bomber Command aircrews were stout fellows by any standards. Guided by a single pilot, they flew their heavy bombers...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Letters from Readers- May 2009

    Message from Above In February 1945 our 35th Division was dug in along the Roer River in northwestern Germany. Because of the floodwaters from dams downriver we were unable to jump-off. One day as we were being shelled the rounds made a...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Big Bang: Pulverizing Pantelleria

    Eisenhower’s plan to conquer the Mediterranean in 1943 hinged on a bold, unproven strategic bombing campaign. “It’s suicide,” warned Gen. Harold Alexander when, in May 1943, Allied commander in chief Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower asked...

  • 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

    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...