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    Kneeling to Neptune

    On a journey from innocence to experience, a Marine and his buddies found a flash of levity in an ancient mariners’ ritual. IN WAR THERE ARE SOME LINES YOU CROSS AND some lines you don’t. Some of those lines you’ll come back across...

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    What If the United States Had Lost at Guadalcanal?

    ON AUGUST 7, 1942, elements of the U.S. 1st Marine Division storm ashore on Guadalcanal, an island 90 miles long and 25 miles wide in the Solomons Archipelago of the South Pacific Ocean. Their objective is an airfield that the Japanese are...

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    In the Grip of Black Water

    When a torpedo fatally struck an American submarine, a new battle began. OCTOBER 6, 1944: THE PACIFIC The weather was deteriorating rapidly, waves doubling in size every hour. As angry green breakers pounded the USS Tang, the submarine’s...

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    War Letters: Words to Live By

    FOR 15 YEARS now, the Legacy Project has been encouraging Americans to seek out and share war letters in an effort to help preserve these irreplaceable documents —a campaign that World War II magazine has supported by asking readers to...

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    WWII Book Review: Operation Storm

    Operation Storm: Japan’s Top Secret Submarines and Their Plan to Change the Course of World War II By John J. Geoghegan. 496 pp. Crown, 2013. $28.  Among the Japanese Navy’s numerous and exotic technical innovations was the...

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    The Shanghai Gambit

    When China lured Japan into urban combat in 1937, the result revealed the Empire’s strengths—and its liabilities. All throughout the 1930s, Japan pecked at China, provoking “incidents,” demanding apologies, brandishing ultimatums,...

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    Forgotten Valor: Royce Special Mission

    An accident of timing consigned a groundbreaking mission to the shadows. The San Antonio Rose II, steel propellers slashing the skies above the Celebes Sea, was hurtling toward hell at 200 miles an hour. The B-17 was leading a flight of 10...

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    Time Travel: The Forgotten Battlefield

    WHEN WE FINALLY reached Koror, the economic center of the Republic of Palau, we were very happy to be there; our flight from Los Angeles, with stops at Hawaii and Guam, had lasted 15 hours. A little sleep, showers, then we were off to...

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    Their Darkest Hour: All Too Inhuman

    THE JAPANESE assault on the Chinese is one of the least well- known facets of the Second World War. And yet that conflict was immense: At least 20 million Chinese died between 1937 and 1945 as the Japanese Imperial Army sought to turn...

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    War Letters: A Navy Doctor Describes His Unusual Service in the Gobi...

    IN 1943, 23-YEAR-OLD New Yorker Henry J. Heimlich left medical school to enlist in the U.S. Navy, which sent him to China for the duration of the war. On September 13, 1945, he wrote to his sister Cecilia about the quirks of the remote...

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    The Reading List: Stanley McChrystal

    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand (2010) “Hillenbrand is masterful in weaving one man’s story of unbelievable strength, faith, and endurance into the larger context of world...

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    Letters from Readers- World War II June 2013

    Art for the Ages MY FATHER, Albert A. Linder, made “trench art” items like the ones in January/ February’s “Time Pieces” while stationed at Pearl Harbor during the war. He was a machinist first class. He helped raise and repair...

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    What If Japan Had Won at Midway?

    IT IS JUNE 4, 1942. Spearheaded by four aircraft carriers, the Japanese mobile task force steams toward Midway Atoll in the Central Pacific, hoping to lure into battle the remnants of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The Japanese do not know that,...

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    War Letters: Closing Ceremonies

    THIS ISSUE’S “War Letters” will be the last, and, appropriately enough, concludes with a pair of previously unpublished accounts of events surrounding the ceremony that marked the end of World War II. Captain Ed Clement, 25,...

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    WWII Review: Rising Storm

    Rising Storm, a shared effort of developers and fans of Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, is among the very best multiplayer first-person-shooters set in World War II for the PC. Excellent environments, asymmetrical warfare, and...

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    Time Travel: Return to Hot Rocks

    THE SIGHT OF IWO JIMA glowing in the early morning sun set off conversation in the passenger cabin of the United Airlines jet. “Hot Rocks!” a veteran exclaimed, pointing excitedly out the cabin window to the peak at the south ern end...