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  • World War II Magazine

    Footlocker: Back in the Saddle

    Curators at The National World War II Museum explain the unique markings on a set of German spurs manufactured during the war...

  • Military History Book Reviews

    Book Review: Becoming Hitler

    Thomas Weber looks at the transformative events that turned a moody loner into the messianic German Führer...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Balkanized War

    In World War II Yugoslavia the Axis invasion unleashed age-old hatreds and sparked brutal internecine strife. In January 1943 the German army launched a major offensive, codenamed Fall Weiss (“Case White”), to encircle an area in...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Women, Combat, and the Gender Line

    A secret World War II study proved that female soldiers were ready to serve under fire. Other nations made warriors of their women. Why did we? WOMEN WERE THE INVISIBLE COMBATANTS OF World War II. Hundreds of thousands fought—not as...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: The First and the Last

    The First and the Last: The Rise and Fall of the German Fighter Forces, 1938- 1945 by Adolf Galland It is difficult to overstate the tremendous impression that Adolf Galland’s The First and the Last made on aviation history buffs when...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Meatboxes Versus Doodlebugs

    Although Britain’s first operational jet never mixed it up with the Messerschmitt Me-262, the Gloster Meteor did take on a dangerous jet-powered opponent. The first two confrontations between the jet-propelled aircraft of opposing air...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Delta Dreamer

    Artist-engineer Alexander Lippisch conceived more than 50 radical aircraft designs, including the Nazis’ rocket-powered Me-163. Few aircraft configurations are more familiar than the delta wing, which dominated the sky for many years,...

  • 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...

  • World War II Magazine

    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....

  • World War II Magazine

    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...

  • World War II Magazine

    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...

  • World War II Magazine

    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...

  • World War II Magazine

    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.”...

  • World War II Magazine

    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...