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  • World War II Magazine

    Men In Black: Nazis Spy on the Vatican

    An audacious Nazi scheme to penetrate the Vatican was almost crazy enough to succeed. It was probably the question about prostitutes that convinced Father Michael all was not what it should be as he sat with his new students in the lobby...

  • World War II Magazine

    What if: Hitler Had Won World War II?

    In June 1940 a serious faction within the British government urged making peace with Germany. In September 1940 the RAF was within a whisker of defeat, leaving Britain open to invasion. In October 1941 Russia teetered on the brink of...

  • World War II Magazine

    Dress Rehearsal for Pearl Harbor?

    The daring British raid on the Italian fleet in November 1940 foreshadowed devastating tactics the Japanese would perfect a year later. As his Swordfish biplane, Q for Queenie, clattered noisily through the humid night sky, Royal Navy...

  • Ask Mr. History

    Any Good Books On WWII Italy?

    Would you have any suggestions for books that talk about Italy’s role in WWII? Thank you, Bob Peters   ???   Dear Mr. Peters, Although there is a wealth of books focusing on aspects of Italian participation in World War II,...

  • MHQ Magazine

    War Stories | Maestro of the Resistance

    Arturo Toscanini, the world-famous conductor, put his career on the line to stand up to Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: The Day of Battle

    The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943–1944 by Rick Atkinson, Holt, 2007, $35. Do we really need another book about the World War II campaigns in Sicily and Italy? In this case, the answer is an emphatic yes. If you’ve...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Review: Rome and the Barbarians

    “Rome and the Barbarians” Through July 20, 2008, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy www.palazzograssi.it/roma Barbarian. The very word conjures images of invading hordes. Ruthless foreigners bent on pillaging. Savages absent culture. Yet as...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Return From Rimini

    Sam Lyons’ painting commemorates a September 1944 raid on Italy’s Gothic Line. Veteran aviation artist Sam Lyons had to carry out some detective work in the course of research for his latest commissioned painting. Return From Rimini...

  • World War II Magazine

    A Surprising Encounter at Rapido

    Brutal fighting near Italy’s Rapido River led to tremendous American casualties—and an unexpected gesture by the enemy...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Mussolini and His Generals

    Mussolini and His Generals: The Armed Forces and Fascist Foreign Policy, 1922–1940 By John Gooch. 642 pp. Cambridge University Press, 2007. $35. American war correspondent Ernie Pyle once mused that Italy reminded him of a dog that got...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Italian Impostor Who Conned FDR

    Virgilio Scattolini may not have been the biggest liar ever to walk the face of the earth. But he was certainly the biggest liar ever to have his lies regularly and avidly read by the president of the United States. While he was riding...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Bragadin’s Defense

    In 1571, a Venetian captain’s fatal defiance at Famagusta hardened the lines between the Christian and Muslim worlds. On a late September day in the autumn of 1571, Marc’Antonio Bragadin, commander of the Venetian fortress of Famagusta...

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Book Review: The White War

    The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front, 1915–1919  By Mark Thompson. 454 pp. Basic Books, 2009 $35.00  “The First World War is a mystery,” writes historian John Keegan. “Why did a prosperous continent, at the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Do You Want Everyone to Die?

    A million casualties wasted on the Italian Front— and who remembers? Italy declared war on the Hapsburg Empire in May 1915, hoping to recapture the “lost” territories of Trieste and Tyrol. The resulting conflict in the rugged...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Operation Mallory Major

    A Twelfth Air Force intelligence officer came up with a daring plan to cripple Axis supply lines in northern Italy. Colonel Randy Holzapple strode into the smoke-filled briefing room on Sardinia at 5 a.m. on July 12, 1944. Yanking back a...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Making of Comandante Enrico

    Relying on ingenuity and bravado, a Polish Jew survived the Warsaw ghetto to lead a band of partisans in the Italian Alps. One day in the winter of 1944, Comandante Enrico, the revered leader of a group of partisans in the mountains above...