Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:49 am
On March 19, 1944, Allied warplanes blew up a German U-boat off the coast of the Cape Verde Islands, killing 47 of its 55 crewmen. Among the survivors was the submarine's Austrian commander, Gunter Leopold, who was picked up by …
Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:48 am
Three legendary war correspondents—Robert Capa, Ernie Pyle, and Ernest Hemingway—scramble to cover the Allied advance across France.
Published: April 23, 2012 at 10:47 am
Once a haven, the island fortress of Corregidor became its own brand of hell following the fall of Bataan
Published: April 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm
Just past midnight on April 15, 2012, a group of 20 men in tuxedoes lined up at the base of the Women's Titanic Memorial in Washington, D.C. As a mild breeze rolled across the Washington Channel, a bell tolled. The …
Published: March 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm
American soldiers returning from war don't always get the treatment they deserve.
Published: March 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm
Vietnam in HD, which ran on the History channel in November 2011, is a six-hour documentary using film footage from GI's in-country home movies, including first-person accounts
Published: March 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm
A former DEA agent lays to rest rumors that a flood of heroin entered the U.S. with the remains of servicemen from Vietnam
Published: March 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm
Donut Dolly: An American Red Cross Girl's War in Vietnam, by Joann Puffer Kotcher, makes a strong case for the impact that a small cadre of women had on the arc of women's equality in the armed forces
Published: March 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm
The Invention of Ecocide: Agent Orange, Vietnam and the Scientists Who Changed the Way We Think About the Vietnam War, by David Zierler, provides an examination of the first great ideological battle between nascent environmentalism and cold war dogmatism
Published: March 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm
On a Huey gunship escort for a deep recon mission in Laos, Willis found out that a dead comrade had been left behind
Published: March 01, 2012 at 2:22 pm
Military attaché Truman Smith was the first American diplomat to meet a local agitator in Munich named Adolf Hitler, and among the first to warn of Germany’s military resurgence. His reports were timely,
prescient—and largely ignored.
Published: February 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Walt Ehlers will turn 91 this May, but his memories of landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day and fighting until V-E Day haven't dimmed. Staff Sergeant Ehlers of the 1st Infantry Division killed dozens of Germans and was wounded …
Published: February 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm
'John Brown's Body' by Stephen Vincent Benet, published in 1928, remains a vibrant tapestry of America's diversity and its unity, its 15,000 lines re-imagining the Civil War as Lincoln understood it.
Published: February 09, 2012 at 11:59 am
The Second Sino-Japanese War takes off, solidifying Emperor Hirohito's power and perhaps dooming Japan in World War II.
Published: January 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Sixty-seven years after her death, Eva Braun, the long-time mistress of Adolf Hitler, remains a mysterious figure. Heike G. Görtemaker, a German historian and author, attempts to add clarity to the life of a woman who met Hitler as …
Published: January 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm
How Stalin's policies meant the difference between life and death, and not in the way one might think