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MHQ Reader Comments: FDR’s Policy of Unconditional Surrender

Published: August 28, 2009 at 3:39 pm
An MHQ reader takes issue with author Thomas Fleming's suggestion that Winston Churchill was dumbfounded when FDR announced his policy to demand unconditional surrender from the Germans.

The Six Day War Sparked Forty Years of Strife

O'Brien Browne | Published: August 16, 2009 at 9:40 pm
Israel’s 1967 surprise attack obliterated the Arab forces arrayed against it, and set the stage for decades of conflict and insecurity.

Interview with Laurence Rees

Gene Santoro | Published: May 06, 2009 at 1:13 pm
Award-winning historian and producer Laurence Rees, creator of the BBC documentary series and book Auschwitz: The Nazis and the “Final Solution”, is no stranger to the war’s moral quandaries. But his latest dual-media project—a book, World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis, and the West, and a series of the same name now airing on PBS—places the 1940 Soviet massacre of Poles at Katyn into chilling contexts: how Stalin played Roosevelt and Churchill, how they tried to play him, and what happened to the Poles and their country.

Safety in Numbers - The "New World Order" [Point of View]

Rod Paschall | Published: February 17, 2009 at 11:15 am
Casualty and other war statistics suggest that despite terrorism’s terrible toll, the New World Order really has created a more secure world.

The Philippines: Allies During the Vietnam War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
When it came to Ferdinand Marcos and the Philippines, President Lyndon Johnson's quest for 'More Flags' came at an exorbitant price.

North Vietnam's Master Plan

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Three years before the U.S. Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, the North Vietnamese Politburo made the decision to conquer the South.

Benjamin Franklin: Revolutionary Spymaster

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:13 pm
On the eve of the colonials' leap into revolution, Benjamin Franklin was the target of a dangerous initiative by a French secret agent to determine the Americans' intentions and capabilities. Franklin's wisdom -- and wile -- proved pivotal in boosting French confidence in supporting the insurgents.

Joseph Avenol's Betrayal of the League of Nations

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:13 pm
Joseph Avenol, secretary-general of the League of Nations, sold out the organization he had sworn to uphold.

The Abrams Tapes: Insight to the MACV Headquarters During the Vietnam War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:12 pm
The once-classified tape recordings of General Creighton Abrams' staff meetings provide an unparalleled window into the inner workings of MACV headquarters.

Tokyo Rose: They Called Her a Traitor

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
American GIs talked of a Japanese radio broadcaster they knew as Tokyo Rose, and the U.S. government said the sultry voice belonged to an American citizen named Iva Toguri d'Aquino. But did it?

Nuremberg Trial

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
Unprecedented in history, the Nuremberg Trial brought high-ranking Nazis to justice. This is the story of how the trial took shape in postwar Germany.

Japanese War Crime Trials

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
The International Military Tribunal for the Far East meted out justice to Japanese war criminals at locations throughout Asia.

Edward R. Murrow: Inventing Broadcast Journalism

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
In spite of his youth and inexperience in journalism, Edward R. Murrow assembled a team of radio reporters in Europe that brought World War II into the parlors of America and set the gold standard for all broadcast news to this day.

Military History: The Birthplace of War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
The birthplace of civilization is also the home of culture's nemesis.

The 1966 Buddhist Crisis in South Vietnam

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:08 pm
In 1966, resistance to the Saigon government almost sparked a South Vietnamese civil war.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt Flew to Meet British Prime Minister Winston Churchill for a Summit in Casablanca

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:08 pm
No U.S. president had ever flown while in office, and none had ever visited Africa. But that didn't deter President Franklin D. Roosevelt from flying to Morocco for a top-secret meeting with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. For Roosevelt, it was more than just a vitally important wartime conference -- it was a grand adventure.
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