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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Dog Company

    Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc By Patrick K. O’Donnell. 320 pp. Da Capo, 2012. $26.  On June 6, 1984, Ronald Reagan’s rousing 40th anniversary speech on the cliffs of Normandy’s Pointe du Hoc thrust World War II’s...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Reading List: Stanley McChrystal

    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand (2010) “Hillenbrand is masterful in weaving one man’s story of unbelievable strength, faith, and endurance into the larger context of world...

  • World War II Magazine

    Danger Zone: Battle of Mortain

    When the Germans fought back at Mortain, the violence pivoted around a patch of high ground and the American artillerymen trapped there. War, as historian Bruce Catton once wrote, sometimes “went by a queer script of its own,” putting...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Reading List: Andrew Carroll

    The author of World War II’s “War Letters” column, which concludes this issue  after a six-year run, spotlights self-published books deserving of greater attention: An Alcove in the Heart: WWII Letters of Sidney Diamond to...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Monte Cassino

    Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell By Peter Caddick-Adams. 432 pp. Oxford, 2013. $29.95.  The battle of Monte Cassino, from January to May 1944—“129 days of hell”— was arguably the Allies’ toughest combat of World War II....

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    WWII Review: Rising Storm

    Rising Storm, a shared effort of developers and fans of Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, is among the very best multiplayer first-person-shooters set in World War II for the PC. Excellent environments, asymmetrical warfare, and...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII DVD Review: Inside WWII

    Inside WWII National Geographic 135 minutes, $19.97.  This three-parter premiered on cable for Memorial Day and quickly made its way to DVD, a mark of how powerful a draw World War II has become—and also how crowded the market is,...

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    WWII Review: Timeline World War 2

    Timeline World War 2 Ballista Media, narrated by Robert MacNeil. For iOS 5.0 or later. Available on iTunes, $13.99.  You can now hold a good chunk of World War II in your hand. Timeline World War 2, a new iPad app, cunningly mixes...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Viewing List: Bob Mondello

    Triumph of the Will (1935) “Moviemakers have copied Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda film so often you’d think it would lose potency. But Triumph remains scarily effective, climaxing with the Nuremberg Rally, captured from hundreds of...

  • World War II Magazine

    Letters from Readers- World War II October 2013

    Ringside at the Raid JOHN D. LUKACS has unearthed a great story with “First Strike” in the May/June issue, one that has been buried for far too long. My father, Thomas W. Jurika, had a ringside seat to the Royce Raid in 1942 from our...

  • World War II Magazine

    Double Jeopardy: Two Crises for the Germans

    For the Germans in July 1943, two crises at once proved too much to take. At times World War II seemed to be laughing at the participants. Fronts that had long lain dormant suddenly erupted, allies sworn to eternal brotherhood turned...

  • Military History Magazine

    Close Call at Crooked Billet

    Ordered to cut off supplies to British troops occupying Philadelphia, a young Patriot officer played a deadly game of cat and mouse. Just before midnight on April 30, 1778, Brig. Gen. John Lacey Jr. walked the perimeter of his unit’s...

  • HistoryNet

    What Next General?: Rebels vs. Redcoats: Boston, 1775

    JUNE 16, 1775, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS It is June 1775 as you assume the role of Brigadier General Israel Putnam of Connecticut. Years of growing tension and discord between Britain and its American colonies finally boiled over into armed...

  • HistoryNet

    You Command Solution: World War I in Africa, 1914

    The September 2013 issue of Armchair General ® presented the Combat Decision Game “World War I in Africa, 1914.” This CDG placed readers in the role of German army Lieutenant Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbec commander of the...

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    Lone Star: The War of Independence

    Texas’ War of Independence won the republic its freedom. Unable to attract large numbers of colonists from Europe, Spain in the early 19th century found its settlements in the region known as Texas (from tayshas, as Caddo Indians called...

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    War of 1812: British Amphibious Operations

    The Royal Navy’s control of the sea threatened America’s Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico coasts. When the United States declared war on Britain to begin the War of 1812, American land and sea forces were woefully ill prepared to take...