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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...

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    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...

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    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...

  • World War II Magazine

    First Proof of the Nazi Murder Machine

    Soviet soldiers of the Third Belorussian Army could be forgiven for thinking at first glance that what they had just come across in the Polish city of Lublin was a POW camp, given the rows of barracks that stretched off into the distance....

  • World War II Magazine

    Their Darkest Hour: Follow the Leader

    THE VAST majority of people know the horrors of the Nazi regime, but in my experience far fewer know of the appalling crimes Stalin committed against his own people during World War II. As the war came to an end, Stalin’s secret...

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    Interactive: Soviet Patrol in Afghanistan, 1985

    You are Soviet army Lieutenant Andrei Sokolov, leader of a patrol composed of a T-62 tank with four crewmen and two BTR-60 armored personnel carriers each transporting an eight-man infantry squad. This morning, March 12, the commander of...

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    You Command: Battle of Cholm Pocket, 1942

    As German Major General Theodor Scherer, YOU lead a surrounded battle group in a desperate attack against Red Army forces. Operation Barbarossa, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s massive invasion of the Soviet Union that began World War II on...

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    What Next, General?: Konev and the Battle for Berlin, 1945

    It is mid-April 1945 as you assume the role of Marshal Ivan Konev, commander of the Red Army’s 1st Ukrainian Front. You have commanded Soviet troops in some of the fiercest battles on World War II’s Eastern Front since the war in the...