Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:15 pm
An Allied failure would have made a second invasion of northwestern Europe unlikely.
Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:08 pm
One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
By Alex Kershaw. 448 pp.
Crown, 2012. $28.
War is hell, but Felix Sparks, the central figure in The Liberator…
Published: February 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm
Meet the real Thaddeus Stevens, the man who inspired Tommy Lee Jones' impassioned performance in Spielberg's Lincoln.
Published: February 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm
The theme of this column lately has been the way that Americans are keeping alive the memory of World War II. The results are in, and the verdict is "wow!" The recent exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts of …
Published: January 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm
I've said it many times: I'm a lucky guy. Beautiful wife. Wonderful family. I get to live in Texas. (No offense to the other states. I've lived in a few and they're not bad at all.)
Another way I'm lucky …
Published: January 02, 2013 at 3:29 pm
I have been writing this column for years, and if your attention hasn't drifted, you probably know that I am not that fond of war movies. I say it every year at this time. Don't like them, don't watch them, …
Published: December 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm
Last week I made a startling claim about the uniqueness of the Pacific War.
Well, startling for me, anyway. I've come up in a school that distrusts the very word "unique." Most historians eschew the concept. Indeed, the very job …
Published: December 04, 2012 at 1:33 pm
"I didn't know what I was taking pictures of at the time." (Credit: MidHudsonNews.com)Michael Cody
Hometown: Wallkill, N.Y.
Career: Truck Driver, Wallkill Highway Garage
Michael Cody took more than 1,000 photos during and after the World …
Published: December 03, 2012 at 1:35 pm
No historian is supposed to use the word "unique."
After all, everyone knows that nothing is completely unique. Human beings have been living on planet earth for a long time, and every historical event hearkens back to something that happened …
Published: November 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm
"We just built a new facility and moved into it in May 2012."Daryl Paulson
Hometown: Bozeman, Mont.
Career: President and CEO, BioScience Laboratories, Inc.
In-country: July 1968-Aug. 1969
In 1991 Daryl S. Paulson, Ph.D., started BioScience Laboratories, …
Published: November 20, 2012 at 11:32 am
Last weekend, I met a hero.
Oh, I know, "hero" is a cliché of military history. I've always been skeptical of the term. How do you judge a hero? What is the qualification? Do you have to blow up a …
Published: November 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm
McGwin, a Navy 2nd class petty officer, was serving aboard Wesco the night it was attacked in the Mekong Delta, Nov. 1, 1968
Published: November 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm
At age 64 and in failing health, John Steinbeck went to Vietnam in 1966 to report on the controversial war
Published: November 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm
Lt. Col. Jay Hess was shot down in an F-105, captured and held prisoner for nearly six years during the Vietnam War
Published: November 05, 2012 at 3:26 pm
Last week, I wrote a teaser about the 1940 campaign. For most military historians, the German victory in France remains a kind of gold standard: a rapid, decisive, and relatively bloodless victory that smashed the French army and drove the …
Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:25 pm
Five young idealists became the first Yanks to join the fight against Germany on the battlefield