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  • Civil War Times Magazine

    It was their cause, too

    Hundreds of women fought, disguised as men. There were just shy of 400 documented cases of women who served as soldiers during the Civil War, according to the records of the Sanitary Commission. Women from both sides chopped off their...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    ‘I Have With the Reg’t Been Through a Terrible Battle’

    Major Francis E. Pierce, who took part in the Union’s suicidal attack on Fredericksburg’s Marye’s Heights 150 years ago, wrote a vivid account of his experience in a letter to a friend. FRANCIS E. PIERCE ENROLLED AS A CAPTAIN in...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    American Graffiti

    Common soldiers covered buildings with inscriptions, drawings and rants in many of the places they passed through—yet relatively little research has been devoted to these first-person accounts.  High on a wooden beam in the attic of...

  • World War II Magazine

    Unbreakable: The Navajo Code

    The Japanese cracked every American combat code until an elite team of Marines joined the fight. One veteran tells the story of creating the Navajo code and proving its worth on Guadalcanal. JULY–SEPTEMBER 1942 It was our second day at...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- February 2012

    Japan Enslaves Koreans—Twice Kim Hui-jong was forced to work as a slave laborer for Japan, lost part of his hearing in the fighting on Saipan, and spent two years at a POW camp in Hawaii. Then he returned home to Korea and tried to build...

  • 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

    Moving Target

    After the Japanese occupied the Philippines, one American family found themselves on a run for their lives. Coming from most adolescent boys, this statement might be dismissed as idle prattle. But 14- year-old Clifford Schuring knew it to...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: The Taste of War

    The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food  By Lizzie Collingham, 656 pp. The Penguin Press, 2012. $35.  ‘We’re supposed to die of starvation, to make place for the Germans.” This was how the people of Kiev...

  • World War II Magazine

    Plot Against a Pilot?

    Werner Goering was a skilled B-17 commander, but his family background became a security issue in this strange tale of loyalty to crew and country. On November 21, 1944, a young U.S. Army Air Forces first lieutenant named Werner Goering...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Fiction Review-October 2012

    Mission to Paris By Alan Furst. 272 pp. Random House, 2012. $27. It’s 1938, and Viennese-born Hollywood film star Frederic Stahl arrives in Paris to make a movie. He soon discovers that a secret Nazi propaganda bureau, aiming at...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII TV Review: Secret War

    Secret War: The Secret Agents Who Set Europe Ablaze 13 episodes on 4 DVDs, $79.99. Without their edge in espionage, the Allies would have struggled—at best—to win the war. One of Churchill’s first acts as prime minister was to form...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Museum Review: The Roosevelts

    The Roosevelts: Public Figures, Private Lives Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Hyde Park, NewYork.Through June 30, 2013.  While the museum at the exquisite Springwood estate on the Hudson River undergoes extensive...

  • 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....

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Reviews: Becoming Clementine and Promoting the War Effort

    Becoming Clementine By Jennifer Niven. 368 pp. Plume, 2012. $15. In 2009’s bestselling novel and Emmy- winning film, Velva Jean learned to drive. In her next adventure, she learned to fly and, after Pearl Harbor, joined the Women...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Reading List: John Prados

    Many a passion and many a career start with a good book. With that in mind, we asked a leading historian to look back at the World War II histories that were most meaningful to him as a boy. D-Day: The Sixth of June, 1944 David Howarth...