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  • World War II Magazine

    Monty’s Armored Smokescreen

    What was the real goal of Operation Goodwood, the biggest British tank offensive of World War II? And does it matter? Within days of storming ashore on D-Day, the Allies found themselves hopelessly deadlocked in Normandy, unable to make...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- October 2010

    Stalin’s Top General Admits Germany Nearly Defeated Russia at Moscow Western historians have been saying it for decades, but to hear it from Georgy Zhukov himself is something else entirely. In a shockingly candid interview that was...

  • MHQ Magazine

    1939 Polish Cavalry vs. German Panzers

    The real story is far more interesting than the enduring Nazi-promulgated myth. On September 1, 1939, German land, air, and sea units struck targets all across Poland. Although it was not a surprise attack, the speed and level of violence...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The American Rommel

    Major General John Wood Showed Patton and the rest of the high command how to fight a true lightning war.   THE HISTORIC FRENCH TOWN OF TROYES CONTROLLED an important stretch of the upper Seine River, so it was a likely spot for the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Taking on Tanks at Kontum

    Only a desperately thin line of defense against a tank-led NVA assault stood in the way of a likely defeat of South Vietnam in May 1972. In the spring of 1972, a dozen North Vietnamese Army divisions with hundreds of tanks and the latest...

  • MHQ Magazine

    “Relax—It’s Only a Maneuver”

    The first army-versus-army maneuvers in American history, "fought" in the fall of 1941, were an elaborate game—but they helped prepare American forces for World War II...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Model Kit: Raupenschlepper Ost

    Germany’s Raupenschlepper Ost 7.5cm PaK 40/4 auf. RSO In response to the poor performance of wheeled and half-track vehicles in mud and snow during the Wehrmacht’s first winter on the Soviet front, the Austrian manufacturer Steyr...

  • HistoryNet

    Interactive: Italian Attack at Bir Hakeim, 1942

    Choose the correct tactical plan for an Italian tank crew attacking French defenders in North Africa. You are Lieutenant Tomasio LoPresti, commander of a Fiat M13/40 tank and three-man crew of 132d Armored Regiment, Italian Ariete...

  • HistoryNet

    Interactive: U.S. Tank Action in Iraq, 2004

    You are U.S. Army Lieutenant Nelson Patel, leader of a 1st Infantry Division tank platoon with four M1A1 Abrams tanks. Your unit is stationed at a forward operating base (FOB) near the city of Baqubah, 30 miles north of Baghdad, in support...

  • World War II Magazine

    Comic Book Review: World of Tanks: Rollout!

    Check out World War II's review of Dark Horse/Wargaming's latest "World of Tanks" comic books–based off the popular video game....

  • HistoryNet

    German Assault Gun vs. Soviet Tanks, 1944: You Take Command

    You are German army Lieutenant Wolfgang von Bostell, commander of a Sturmgeschütz III assault gun. Although the StuG III is a fully tracked armored vehicle mounting a high-velocity 75 mm gun, it does not have a rotating turret and is not...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Tanks that Mattered

    For the past century, in single combat and in wars, these landmark tanks have been arbiters of victory and defeat. The tank was the glamour weapon of 20th-century warfare, combining mobility, armor, and firepower into one deadly package....

  • Gear, Videos, World War II

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    Video: German Voiceover of Nazi Panzer II in Action

    (Img: Ryzhov Sergey/Dreamstime.com) Designed and produced during the 1930s, the Panzer II was originally used as a temporary fix for Germany’s tank use. It was replaced during the early years of World War II by later models and was moved...

  • Gear, Videos, World War II

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    Video: Nazi Germany Tiger Tank Firing in Action

    The Tiger tanks I and II were heavy German tanks used during World War II. The tanks were commonly used in heavy tank battalions on all fronts. The Tiger I was eventually replaced by the Tiger II which was first used in 1944....

  • Gear, Videos, World War II

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    Video: German Panzers in Action in World War II Nazi Germany

    (Img: National Archives) Landscape in the Don region , Ostwarts Kursk .Panzer, of Panzerkampfwagen, were a series of armored combat vehicles designed and produced by Germany during World War II. Although Panzer technically describes tanks...

  • Gear, Videos

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    Video: Watch the Nazi German Marder III in Action

    (Img: U.S. Air Force/National Archives) The Marder III, one of many in the Marder (Marten) series, was a tank destroyer that was used by the Germans on all fronts. The Marder series was produced from 1942 till the end of World War II....