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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII DVD Review: Nazi Collaborators

    Nazi Collaborators: The True Stories of the Nazi Conspirators  Directed by Jean-François Delassus. 4 discs, $20.  Maintaining the Nazi death grip on the Reich’s far-flung occupied lands partly depended on a patch-quilt network...

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    WWII Book Review: Exorcising Hitler

    Exorcising Hitler :  The Occupation and Denazification of Germany By Frederick Taylor. 438 pp. Bloomsbury Press, 2011. $30. The swift fall of Saddam Hussein and Iraq’s Baathist Party in the spring of 2003 sparked a flurry of...

  • World War II Magazine

    Eye on a Juggernaut

    Military attaché Truman Smith was the first American diplomat to meet a local agitator in Munich named Adolf Hitler, and among the first to warn of Germany’s military resurgence. His reports were timely, prescient—and largely ignored....

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    WWII TV Review: Hitler’s Bodyguard

    Hitler’s Bodyguard: How history’s most evil tyrant survived 25 years of terror Directed by Alexander Kluge. $79.99. 13 episodes; 10 hours on 4 DVDs. Between Hitler’s early days in Munich and the war’s opening, his security detail...

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    Revolt and Betrayal- Warsaw

    The 1944 Warsaw Rising was a courageous insurrection turned disaster when the Soviets showed as much contempt for the Poles as the Nazis did. On an unseasonably wet and chilly summer afternoon in 1944, Warsaw was in a state of nervous...

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    Racing for His Life—and His County’s: Conversation with Aili McConnon

    IN 1938, GINO BARTALI won the Tour de France, becoming an Italian idol. Ten years later, the 34-year-old Tuscan beat long odds to do it again—a triumph that helped heal his divided nation. In between, he was a courier for a resistance...

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    Reading List: Madeleine K. Albright

    Prague In the Shadow of the Swastika: A History of the German Occupation 1939–1945 Callum MacDonald and Jan Kaplan (1995) “The story of the occupation of Prague, told in spare prose accompanied by an abundance of startling photographs....

  • MHQ Magazine

    Fertile Blood

    Medical progress, bought at the enormous cost of human lives, may be the most lasting and vital benefit of war.   “I am badly injured, Doctor; I fear I am dying… I think the wound in my shoulder is still bleeding.”...

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    WWII Book Review: Why Germany Nearly Won

    Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe By Steven D. Mercatante. 408 pp. Praeger, 2012. $58. This book’s title doesn’t adequately describe the ambitions of the author. Steven D. Mercatante goes beyond...

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    A Bridge Enough: No Mercy at Nijmegen

    When a teenage paratrooper landed on Dutch soil as part of Operation Market Garden, his dreams of combat collided with bloody reality. When I heard the 82nd Airborne would be jumping into Holland, I was relieved. It was September 1944....

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    1943: World War II’s Forgotten Year of Victory

    Unfairly overlooked by historians, this crucial year of global conflict turned the tide of war irrevocably in the Allies’ favor. The year 1943 opened badly for the once unstoppable Axis forces of Nazi Germany, fascist Italy and Imperial...

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    You Command: Spanish Blue Division in Russia, 1943

    YOU command a regiment of Spanish volunteers fighting for Germany against a powerful Red Army attack. The German army did not fight alone against the Red Army on World War II’s vast Eastern Front. Fighting alongside the Wehrmacht were...

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    The Devil’s Agreement

    Through the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact, cynical dictators paved the way for World War II in Europe. In Moscow’s Kremlin late on Au- gust 23, 1939, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin stood in the background beaming proudly as his foreign...

  • Personalities

    World War II Ace: Adolf Galland

    This World War II German ace led the Luftwaffe Fighter Force against the massive Allied air armadas. JUNE 21, 1941 OVER THE ENGLISH CHANNEL German Luftwaffe 26th Fighter Wing commander Adolf Galland, in aerial combat with a large British...

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    Interactive: German Glider Assault on Fort Eben Emael, 1940

    You are Oberleutnant Rudolf Witzig, commander of 85 glider- borne German fallschirmjäger (paratroopers). Your mission is to attack Fort  Eben Emael, a formidable Belgian fortress located on the Belgium-Netherlands border near the...

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    A Study in Command: General Balck’s Chir River Battles, 1942

    On World War II’s brutal Eastern Front, a German general fought one of history’s greatest divisional battles. In late November 1942, Soviet forces broke through the front- line positions held by Germany’s World War II allies at the...