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Niwi: Nine Men

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 …

The Leading Edge: Americans at El Alamein

Rachel S. Cox | Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:25 pm
Five young idealists became the first Yanks to join the fight against Germany on the battlefield

Mein Kampf: The Sequel

Gerhard L. Weinberg | Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:19 pm
In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler laid out a philosophy that would trigger global war. But a later volume, not published in his lifetime, is at least as shocking as his notorious My Struggle.

A Warm Welcome Turns Cold in Nazi-Occupied Ukraine

Laurence Rees | Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:19 pm
After the initial euphoria of their “liberation” from Soviet rule wore off, Ukrainians were destined to experience the Nazis as some of the cruelest conquerors in history.

Mystery Date: Pacific War Edition

Andrew Carroll | Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:19 pm
Norma Clinton was an attractive young honors student living in rural Georgia. Harry Kipp was a Marine captain from Minnesota who had survived the attack on Pearl Harbor before shipping off to the Pacific. At the request of her aunt, …

What If the Bismarck Had Escaped Destruction?

Mark Grimsley | Published: November 05, 2012 at 12:18 pm
The battleship might have severely harried the British war effort.

Chuck Hagel Nomination: An Interview With Senator Hagel on His Vietnam Combat Experience and Vision for the War's Commemoration

Vietnam magazine | Published: October 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm
Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and former Nebraska senator, talks about his combat experience, serving alongside his brother Tom, and his recent selection to lead an advisory committee for the 50th anniversary events commemorating the Vietnam War

Ugly: A Last Note on the Ethiopian Campaign

Robert M. Citino | Published: October 08, 2012 at 10:30 am
Over the last few weeks, I've been writing about the Italian campaign in Ethiopia (1935–36), one of the many wars between the two world wars. We often speak of the "interwar" period, but in fact it was chock full …

Sitting in Judgment: the Ethiopia Campaign

Robert M. Citino | Published: September 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm
Last week I wrote about the Italian campaign in Ethiopia (or Abyssinia, as many in the world still called it) in 1935–36. It barely registers in the western historical consciousness today. After all, there are two things that military historians …

Conversation with Joe Mantegna

Gene Santoro | Published: September 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm
"I know there are a lotta great stories out there about World War II," declares actor Joe Mantegna, "but I've got a pretty good one." The versatile Chicago-born star's resumé includes David Mamet films, The Simpsons, and Criminal Minds, his …

Corregidor: Return to the Rock

John D. Lukacs | Published: September 14, 2012 at 10:13 am
The fading beams of my flashlight sweep the cavernous reinforced concrete laterals of Malinta Tunnel, barely illuminating my passage. Vintage wires and fixtures, timber trusses, and piles of rubble flare into focus in fleeting camera flashes, then vanish, frustratingly, in …

Launching the War

Robert M. Citino | Published: September 04, 2012 at 10:59 am
Gambling on victory in the 1930s

United Nations: The Axis Allies

Robert M. Citino | Published: August 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm
One of the toughest questions a historian of World War II has to answer is, "How did the Germans stay in the field so long?" Their plan to conquer the Soviet Union in a single quick campaign in 1941 came …

Trains.

Robert M. Citino | Published: August 13, 2012 at 10:54 am
The lifeline of the Wehrmacht’s multiple-front war was the European rail network, the same system that supported the killing of Jews during the Holocaust.

Mount Tapotchau: The Marines Take Saipan's High Ground

James Campbell | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm
To hold Saipan's bloody peak, the Bastard Battalion had to dig in

Pride and Prejudice: The Montford Point Marines on Saipan

James Campbell | Published: August 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm
As the U.S. Marine Corps fought Japanese troops for Saipan, one group of Marines there was battling on a different level.
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