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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Eisenhower- A Biography

    Eisenhower: A Biography by John Wukovits, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2006, $21.95 Dwight D. Eisenhower once described himself as “a cross between a one- time soldier, a pseudo-statesman, a jack-legged politician and a crooked...

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    WWII Letter from the Editor- March 2007

    The Prisoner Dilemma Major General Fred Haynes is a Marine’s Marine. During the battle for Iwo Jima, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal as a captain in the 28th Marines, the regiment that planted Old Glory on Mount Suribachi on...

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    The War Correspondent Andy Rooney

    He flew combat missions with the Eighth Air Force, followed the troops ashore at Normandy, witnessed the breakout at St. Lô, crossed the bridge at Remagen, joined the triumphal march into Paris—and had the time of his life. Andy Rooney...

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    WWII Letters from Readers- April 2007

    Bren Backfire I wanted to add to your November 2006 article about the Bren gun, which is considered by many to be the finest light machine gun (LMG) ever made. The author did not address the disadvantages associated with guns such as the...

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    WWII Book Review: The Castle in the Forest

    The Castle in the Forest by Norman Mailer, Random House, New York, 2007, $27.95 Norman Mailer’s first novel in nearly a decade traces Adolf Hitler’s ancestry and development to age 16, portraying the Führer’s evil genius as the...

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    D-Day at Anzio

    Rangers who stormed the Italian coastal city on January 22, 1944, literally caught the Germans with their pants down. On the evening of Friday, January 21, 1944, Berthold Richter, a 19-year-old engineer in 29th Panzer Grenadier Division,...

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    Interview: The Sound and the Baby Führer

    An aging Norman Mailer spars with young Adolf and his ringside demons. At 84, Norman Mailer is frail but feisty. In his new novel, The Castle in the Forest, the literary pugilist shadowboxes with Adolf Hitler, probing the incestuous family...

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    WWII Review: Downfall (2005)

    Downfall (2005) Director: Oliver Hirshbiegel. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Mattes, 155 minutes Color, Dubbed in English What makes Downfall so compelling is its humanity. With harrowing understatement,...

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    WWII Review: Ernie Pyle Museums

    Ernie Pyle State Historic Site,  Dana, IN erniepyle@abcs.com Dana, Indiana, is the town where Pyle was born in 1900 to tenant farmers. The Ernie Pyle Memorial Highway passes near the Ernie Pyle State Historic Site, not far from Ernie...

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    Einstein and the Bomb

    The scientist who unlocked the secrets of the atom warned FDR about the Nazis’ nuclear ambitions and then watched in horror from the sidelines as the U.S. let the genie out of the bottle. Albert Einstein spent the summer of 1939 in a...

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    The Private Hitler

    Walter Frentz’s intimate pictures of the Führer and his friends offer chilling glimpses of mass murderers at work and play. Past midnight. Oversize rustic furniture. Grand masters on the walls. An anxious glance to see if the boss...

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    Interview: Stewart W. Husted on Leadership

    What 21st-century masters of the universe can learn from George C. Marshall. Sixty years ago this month, in a Harvard University commencement speech, then Secretary of State George C. Marshall proposed a program of U.S. economic assistance...

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    Was Halsey Out of His Depth?

    Bull Halsey’s legendary aggressiveness was sorely needed in the dark days after Pearl Harbor. But it would lead him into tragic and costly mistakes that dogged his ascent to higher command. William F. Halsey was a sailor born and bred....

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    WWII Review: Amsterdam in WWII

    One current image of Amsterdam is as a kind of Dutch Sodom, a tulip- and canal-lined cornucopia of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. But underlying this “permissiveness” is a long tradition of tolerance, despite (or because of) a long...

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    WWII Book Review: LeMay- A Biography

    LeMay: A Biography By Barrett Tillman. 206 pp. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. $21.95 Curtis LeMay was the most controversial advocate of air power in World War II, but his imprint on the fledgling U.S. Air Force remains legendary. Barrett...

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    The MacArthur No One Knew

    The legendary general’s renown as a military strategist owes much to his deft cribbing of the ideas of others. “My God, but he was smart,” admitted an awed Dwight D. Eisenhower. The remark was particularly notable because for all...