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  • 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...

  • MHQ Magazine

    In the Dark and Out of Luck

    Modern American intelligence gathering, not yet a science, can still leave military forces lost in the fog of war. Out of a blinding snowstorm burst an unexpected host of panzer divisions, attacking a weakly held front in the last major...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Drinking Your Own Bathwater: Tet Intelligence Failures

    American inability to connect the dots is well known, but what about the intelligence failures of the other side? In the first two days of the Tet Offensive, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops attacked 39 of South Vietnam’s 44...

  • World War II Magazine

    On the Trail of Washington’s Wartime Secrets

    Within weeks of the Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy had seized so much property in and around Washington that people joked the war would already be over if America’s armed forces were as good at capturing enemy...

  • World War II Magazine

    Secrets of the Nazi Interrogators

    The Luftwaffe developed masterful psychological techniques to milk Allied airmen for information. For the American and British troops who fought their way into Germany in 1944 and 1945 it was one of the toughest and bloodiest campaigns of...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Art of the Double Cross

    With an audacious scheme that paired Enigma decrypts with a network of turned enemy spies, Britain pitted Germany against itself throughout the war. In early 1941, an astonishing idea began to dawn on John Masterman, a British official...

  • World War II Magazine

    Book Review: Sons and Soldiers

    Bruce Henderson's latest tells the brave stories of the German-born American soldiers who fought in the U.S. Army against their German compatriots...