Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:21 pm
Shortly after midnight on June 6, 1944, the sky above the Normandy market town of Sainte-Mère-Église quietly grew thick with billowing silk as American paratroopers dropped into the night ahead of the long-expected Allied invasion of Europe; by …
Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:22 pm
Hitler's decision to declare war on the United States was decades in the making
Published: October 08, 2012 at 10:30 am
Over the last few weeks, I've been writing about the Italian campaign in Ethiopia (1935–36), one of the many wars between the two world wars. We often speak of the "interwar" period, but in fact it was chock full …
Published: September 14, 2012 at 10:13 am
The fading beams of my flashlight sweep the cavernous reinforced concrete laterals of Malinta Tunnel, barely illuminating my passage. Vintage wires and fixtures, timber trusses, and piles of rubble flare into focus in fleeting camera flashes, then vanish, frustratingly, in …
Published: September 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm
Last week I had some fun here, talking about a mighty warlord of the 1930s deciding to launch a war against a smaller and weaker adversary, and in the process precipitating World War II. Trying to be clever, I saved …
Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm
The True Story of the D-Day Spies
By Ben Macintyre. 416 pp.
Crown, 2012. $26.
While the Allies were securing their tenuous beachhead at Normandy, the Germans kept the bulk of their forces north of the Seine River, …
Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm
The Rape of Nanking
The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
By Iris Chang. 314 pp.
Basic, new edition 2012. $15.99.
This passionate book, recently reissued, is bristling with facts, figures, and the memories of witnesses. They put flesh on …
Published: August 02, 2012 at 1:12 pm
Another look at the Italians at the Allied invasion of Sicily.
Published: July 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm
An encompassing account of the 40-year arc in which America's Southeast Asian adventure became inevitable.
Published: June 08, 2012 at 4:32 pm
One of the classic "what ifs" of the Second World War centers on how—or if—the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, code-named Operation Barbarossa, could have achieved a quick victory. Hitler certainly believed that it could. …
Published: June 08, 2012 at 4:26 pm
On March 15, 1939, German troops marched through Prague's historic Wenceslas Square and occupied what was left of the Czechoslovak Republic—only six months after British prime minister Neville Chamberlain had bartered the Sudetenland to Adolf Hitler for "peace in …
Published: May 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm
Takes viewers inside the families of Vietnam War combat veterans whose children are or have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan
Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:51 am
Rich Frank reviews a new bio on the man behind Midway
Published: March 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm
A former DEA agent lays to rest rumors that a flood of heroin entered the U.S. with the remains of servicemen from Vietnam
Published: March 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm
The Invention of Ecocide: Agent Orange, Vietnam and the Scientists Who Changed the Way We Think About the Vietnam War, by David Zierler, provides an examination of the first great ideological battle between nascent environmentalism and cold war dogmatism
Published: January 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm
Last week we asked the Japanese army a somewhat sarcastic question: What were you guys thinking?
I'd argue that the Japanese decisions of 1931, 1937, and 1941 make almost no sense unless we delve back a bit into Japanese history. …