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White Death, Part 2: The Winter War

Robert M. Citino | Published: November 29, 2011 at 10:30 am
Last time out we were discussing the Winter War, the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland during the winter of 1939–40. As we saw, a combination of Soviet bullying and Finland's refusal to be bullied had typical consequences for …

White Death, part 1

Robert M. Citino | Published: November 18, 2011 at 10:53 am
Ah, it's that time of year again. There is a chill in the air, even down here in Texas. The leaves are starting to turn color. The Beaujolais Nouveau is being released today. The holiday season is about to begin, …

Moshe Dayan Sounds the Alarm in Vietnam

Marc Leepson | Published: September 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm
On a 1966 tour of Vietnam, the legendary Israeli military leader came to some stunning conclusions about the U.S. war strategy

Interview with 'Wild Bill' Donovan Biographer Douglas Waller

Published: September 08, 2011 at 2:46 pm
Doug Waller reveals OSS founder "Wild Bill" Donovan, chosen across party lines by Franklin Roosevelt, and a man revered by his agents and reviled by the Pentagon.

The War's Lost Souls—and the Birth of a Nation

Gene Santoro | Published: August 04, 2011 at 11:01 am
In 1945, tens of millions of displaced persons, DPs, filled Germany and Western Europe. Many came from France, the Low Countries, and Italy, but most were Eastern Europeans. In The Long Road Home, historian Ben Shephard, who produced the documentary …

The Heydrich Equation

Andrew Curry | Published: August 04, 2011 at 10:59 am
The assassination of a top Nazi in Czechoslovakia sparked swift, brutal Nazi reprisals. Was it worth it?

A Family Memoir Brings Italy's Eastern Front Tragedy to Light

Gene Santoro | Published: June 02, 2011 at 12:56 pm
Ten years ago, retired teacher Hope Hamilton began a memoir about her two Italian uncles that turned into a groundbreaking book. Sacrifice on the Steppe: The Italian Alpine Corps in the Stalingrad Campaign 1942–43 is the first comprehensive exploration …

Lisbon: Harbor of Hope and Intrigue

Gene Santoro | Published: June 02, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Visit the gathering grounds of Europe's spies and refugees.

The Walls Have Ears

Robert M. Citino | Published: April 08, 2011 at 10:05 am
People committed a lot of crimes in World War II. Some were huge, earth-shattering, and we are still living with the consequences. Atrocity. Murder. Mass murder. Others were…smaller. Consider, if you will, the "crime" of eavesdropping. There may indeed have …

Book Review: Wild Bill Donovan

Alex Kershaw | Published: March 30, 2011 at 11:01 am
A new biography uncovers fresh revelations about the life of America's greatest-ever spy chief.

Movie: Winter in Wartime

Gene Santoro | Published: March 30, 2011 at 10:59 am
Winter in Wartime (Oorlogswinter) Directed by Martin Koolhoven. 2008; opens in the U.S. March 18, 2011. 103 minutes. Black and white, with subtitles. January 1945: the heart of what the Dutch call Hongerwinter, when nearly 20,000 starved to death after …

Timothy Snyder Provides the First Comprehensive Look at Atrocities in Eastern Europe

Gene Santoro | Published: March 30, 2011 at 10:52 am
"I've been thinking about this for 20 years," says Timothy Snyder, a leading historian of Eastern Europe. "This" is the unspeakable carnage he chronicles in Bloodlands, the first comprehensive overview of the atrocities committed by the Nazis and …

Interview with Author Gideon Rose

Published: March 04, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose dedicates his book How Wars End, "To "the victims of bad planning."

Hitler's Greatest Blunders

Jim Lacey | Published: February 01, 2011 at 4:07 pm
The top eleven decisions that led to the fall of the Third Reich

The Traitor Who Inspired His Country

Stephen Budiansky | Published: February 01, 2011 at 4:05 pm
Hotzumi Ozaki, the only Japanese to be formally tried and hanged for treason during the war, became a role model for his countrymen.

R.U.S.E. is the Real Thing

Patrick Clark | Published: February 01, 2011 at 4:04 pm
Information warfare takes center stage in this new game from Ubisoft.
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