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  • Military History Magazine

    Interview with Ronald Spector: On Reshaping Postwar Asia

    In a new book, author and historian Ronald H. Spector (author of the 1985 classic In the Ruins of Empire Eagle , Against the Sun: The American War with Japan) focuses on a blind spot in military history: the bitter, multifaceted struggles...

  • Military History Magazine

    Hallowed Ground: Ghost Mountain, Papua New Guinea

    The New Guinea jungle was a boiler room. A slanting sun sifted through the dense canopy. Ahead, our native guide, Berua, and his tattooed wife, Bima, led the way, walking along a cliff that fell thousands of feet into a murky valley....

  • American History Magazine

    Death of an “American Dictator”

    Durham White Stevens’ assassination in San Francisco in 1908 was an indirect result of U.S. imperial interests in the Far East. “Japan is doing in Korea and for the Koreans what the United States is doing in the Philippines,”...

  • World War II Magazine

    A Very Important Prisoner

    Iwo Jima code clerk Taizo Sakai paid his captors back for sparing his life by revealing secrets about Japanese military activities elsewhere in the Pacific. Weeks after six young warriors planted Old Glory atop Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Last Kamikaze

    When Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s surrender, Admiral Matome Ugaki decided to lead one final mission. ‘My thoughts ran wild seeking ways to save the empire,” Admiral Matome Ugaki wrote in his diary on the last day of 1944....

  • World War II Magazine

    Japan’s ‘Suicide Gun’

    The Nambu Type 94 Shiki Kenju 8mm pistol was the worst military small arm of World War II. There are many contenders for the honor of World War II’s best infantry weapon. Nazi Germany had the fearsome MG42 light machine gun, capable of...

  • World War II Magazine

    Poetry in Motion on the High Seas

    Japan’s Fubuki-class destroyers could take on virtually anything afloat. The Japanese named all their destroyers after elemental and weather conditions, but they had particular reason to wax poetic with the “special class” they...

  • World War II Magazine

    Darkness Over Kobe

    Two American airmen shot down during the firebombing of an ancient Japanese city became the unwitting victims of a cycle of cross-cultural vengeance. In the early morning hours of March 17, 1945, the wail of air raid sirens ripped the...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- August 2007

    Japanese Prime Minister Sparks a New Uproar Over Apology to Wartime “Comfort Women” Under pressure from the U.S. Congress and members of Japan’s opposition party, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe recently offered an apology to the...

  • World War II Magazine

    What if: Japan Hadn’t Attacked Pearl Harbor?

    Japan never seriously considered the following scenario—but might have been wise to do so. On December 15, 1941, naval and air units of the empire of Japan suddenly and deliberately attack the Dutch naval squadron at Batavia in the...

  • 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

    A Young Marine at Tulagi

    A young marine comes of age on 31/2 square miles of island jungle in the Pacific. I know where I was a month ago, a year ago, or a decade ago, but I do know precisely where I was sixty-five years ago last August 8. On that date I was one...

  • World War II Magazine

    What if: the Marines Had Bypassed Iwo Jima?

    In late September 1944, three of the U.S. Navy’s top admirals met in San Francisco to discuss the next phase of operations in the Central Pacific theater. Adm. Chester W. Nimitz recommended the capture of Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands....

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: White Light, Black Rain

    White Light, Black Rain Director: Steven Okazaki Time: 86 minutes. Color/B&W. The controversial lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are endless, but this subtle yet striking movie touches many of them. Peabody and Academy Award winner...

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Book Review: Retribution

    Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-1945 Max Hastings, (Random House, 2008), 656 pages, $35. Few contemporary historians are more qualified to write on World War II than Britain’s Max Hastings. Not that his conclusions make welcome...

  • World War II Magazine

    Conversation with Sam Wilson

    Conversation with General Sam Wilson, a member of Merrill's Marauders during WWII...