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  • MHQ Magazine

    The Invasion of Cuba

    The greatest short-term mobilization since World War II took place during the missile crisis of 1962. The plans to take the island are revealed here for the first time.   Most published accounts and studies of the Cuban Missile Crisis...

  • World War II Magazine

    Revolt and Betrayal- Warsaw

    The 1944 Warsaw Rising was a courageous insurrection turned disaster when the Soviets showed as much contempt for the Poles as the Nazis did. On an unseasonably wet and chilly summer afternoon in 1944, Warsaw was in a state of nervous...

  • World War II Magazine

    Death of an Army

    Surrounded by Germans and betrayed by its own commander, Russia’s 2nd Shock Army vanished from the battlefield, and from the history books. WHEN RUSSIAN INFANTRYMAN I. I. Kalabin looked back on the last days of the 2nd Shock Army, his...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Game Review: Condemned Heroes

    Since the first was released in 2009, the series has Men of War installment become a favorite of World War II fiends in search of exceptionally challenging strategy games. Returning fans will be pleased that the latest chapter, Condemned...

  • HistoryNet

    You Command Solution: Hungarian Freedom Fighters, 1956

    Historical outcome and winning Reader Solutions to CDG #52, September 2012 issue. The September 2012 issue of Armchair General® presented the Combat Decision Game “Hungarian Freedom Fighters, 1956.” This CDG placed readers in the role...

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    What Next, General? Rotmistrov at the Korsun Pocket, 1944

    As a World War II Red Army general, YOU must lead an attack to encircle German defenders in a crucial East Front battle. EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third installment in our trilogy of What Next, General? interactive articles in which we...

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    The Devil’s Agreement

    Through the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact, cynical dictators paved the way for World War II in Europe. In Moscow’s Kremlin late on Au- gust 23, 1939, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin stood in the background beaming proudly as his foreign...

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    The Forest Brothers Against the Soviets

    From 1944-53, Lithuanian partisans risked their lives to oppose repressive Soviet occupation. From the end of World War II through the early years of the Cold War, thousands of Lithuania’s sons and a few of its daughters disappeared into...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Finland’s White Death

    Simo Häyhä Finnish Army Order of the Cross of Liberty Finland 1940 The Russians called him “White Death.” During the 1939–40 Winter War, in the space of 100 days, Finnish sniper Simo Häyhä killed a confirmed 505 Russian soldiers...

  • Military History Magazine

    AK-47: Weapon of the Century

    Conceived as an intermediate rifle for Soviet foot soldiers, the AK became the prototype of the modern assault rifle. A fine rifle has the same superbly machined beauty, purity and proportionate lines as does a complicated chronograph or a...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Battle for Baikal

    In 1918 the Czecho-Slovak Legion found itself fighting the Red Army in Siberia for control of the world’s deepest lake.   ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR YET LITTLE-KNOWN STORIES of World War I and the Russian Revolution is the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    ‘Unstart’ Over Murmansk

    All hell broke loose at 83,000 feet, just as a Soviet SAM site had the SR-71 Blackbird in its sights. Summer 1984: the coldest part of the Cold War’s final years, when both sides were doing their best to keep tabs on each other. For the...

  • American History Magazine

    Interview with Charles Elachi, planetary scientist

    Charles Elachi directs the Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA’s center for unmanned space exploration. JPL pioneered rocket propulsion during World War II but is best known for its space telescopes and Mars rovers. Last...

  • American History Magazine

    Nikita Khrushchev Ogles Marilyn Monroe

    When President Dwight Eisenhower invited Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to a summit meeting at Camp David in 1959, Khrushchev eagerly accepted, informing Ike that he’d like to spend “ten to fifteen days” traveling around the United...

  • American History Magazine

    Reagan Reborn

    A near-death experience changed his presidency and led to the most important steps ever taken to reduce the threat of nuclear war. Ronald Reagan had learned to read audiences during decades of public speaking, so it didn’t take him long...

  • World War II Magazine

    What If Stalin Had Signed an Alliance with the West

    THE AUGUST 23, 1939, signing of a nonaggression pact between the Soviet Union and Germany came as a thunderclap. The Nazi regime had been so vociferously hostile to communism that rapprochement between the nations and their ideologies...