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  • 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...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: First Navy Ace of WWII

    Lieutenant Edward “Butch” O’Hare U.S. Navy Medal of Honor Pacific Ocean Papua New Guinea Feb. 20, 1942 Early in World War II, less than three months after Pearl Harbor, the Japanese held the initiative throughout the Pacific. The...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Review: National Museum of the Pacific War

    National Museum of the Pacific War 340 E. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas (830) 997-4379 www.nimitz-museum.org Nine days after the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an order to the secretary of...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Wonder Man of Okinawa

    Pfc. Desmond Doss U.S. Army Medal of Honor Okinawa, Japan April 29–May 21, 1945 The term “war hero” is unlikely to conjure an image of a soft-spoken, devoutly religious conscientious objector whose childhood ambition was to become a...

  • Military History Magazine

    Hallowed Ground: Tarawa, Central Pacific Ocean

    Sixty-five years ago, U.S. Marines launched a daring and most dangerous amphibious assault against Tarawa in the Central Pacific. The bitter battle lasted just 76 hours, but the price in lives and the number of wounded was astounding and...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Review: Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Naval aviation takes center stage in a new sim. Since this installment of “Airware” reaches the newstand shortly before the anniversary of the Japanese strike on Pearl Harbor, it’s fitting that Attack on Pearl Harbor ($30, requires...

  • 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...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Lust, Caution

    Lust, Caution (2007) Director: Ang Lee Time: 158 minutes. Color. Subtitles. This aptly titled cautionary tale about the unfathomable mysteries of love and desire transplants the seeds of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious to World War II...

  • 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...

  • World War II Magazine

    What if: the Japanese Had Won the Battle of the Coral Sea?

    From May 4–8, 1942, American, Australian, and Japanese naval units fought the world’s first engagement decided exclusively by carrier-based air power. Tactically the Japanese could claim a limited success. They sank the carrier...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: The Airmen and the Headhunters

    The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II By Judith M. Heimann. 304 pp. Harcourt, 2007. $26. During an attack on a formidable group of Imperial Navy warships...

  • World War II Magazine

    A Savage Fight for New Guinea

    A savage battle on New Guinea was fought by men near the breaking point before it even began. From the safety of Port Moresby, New Guinea, Gen. Douglas MacArthur watched in impotent fury. Offensives on the two fronts flanking Buna, on the...

  • World War II Magazine

    Operation Starvation

    A brilliant synergy between air and sea came close to defeating Japan even before the atomic bombs. Late on the afternoon of March 27, 1945, 102 four-engine Boeing B-29s clattered aloft from Tinian, rising ponderously from the island and...

  • World War II Magazine

    Fight to the Finish on Leyte

    MacArthur’s strategic blunders in taking Leyte were matched only by the Japanese army’s miscalculations. Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita had intended to fight his main battle for the defense of the Philippines on Luzon. Yet he found his...