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  • 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...

  • Military History Magazine

    Waiting for Death

    As Chinese citizens and foreigners alike fled Nanking in 1937, correspondent C. Yates McDaniel stayed behind to report on the Japanese wrath...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: Retribution

    Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944–45 by Max Hastings, Knopf, New York, 2008, $35. Max Hastings was a premier 20th century war correspondent. As a military historian he adds to those writing skills and nose for a story a penetrating...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Review: Attack on Yamamoto

    Attack on Yamamoto: The Daring Mission to Shoot Down Japan’s Pacific Fleet Commander Pacific Vista Publishing Co., Newberg, Ore., $24.95. It was one of the boldest missions of World War II, reminiscent of the surprise attack on Japan led...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Kamikaze Kismet

    Armed with a half ton of explosives, the crew of an antiquated Val diver bomber set out to crash into a U.S. ship of Okinawa. But fate—in the form of three attacking Corsairs—soon intervened.  Kazuo Nakajima still remembers the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Japan’s Floatplane Dive Bomber

    Built with more than fleet reconnaissance in mind, the Aichi E16A1 floatplane came equipped with dive brakes. The vast open seas and multitude of small islands over which World War II was fought in the Pacific Ocean made both sides...

  • World War II Magazine

    “Our Time in Hell”

    The Japanese counterattack in Guadalcanal was a harrowing slog through thirty-five miles of brutal jungle—with all but certain death waiting at the end. Maj. Gen. Masao Maruyama was not a man given to doubts. Soon after arriving on...