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Ugly: A Last Note on the Ethiopian Campaign

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...
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Corregidor: Return to the Rock

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...
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One Tough Campaign

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...

Review: Ben Macintyre’s Double Cross

Double Cross 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...

Review: The Rape of Nanking, second edition

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...
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Time Travel: Resurgent Prague

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...

The Cadaver Connection

A former DEA agent lays to rest rumors that a flood of heroin entered the U.S. with the remains of servicemen from Vietnam
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Triumph of the Will? Japan After 1853

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...