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    WWII DVD Review: Nazi Collaborators

    Nazi Collaborators: The True Stories of the Nazi Conspirators  Directed by Jean-François Delassus. 4 discs, $20.  Maintaining the Nazi death grip on the Reich’s far-flung occupied lands partly depended on a patch-quilt network...

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    WWII Book Review: Exorcising Hitler

    Exorcising Hitler :  The Occupation and Denazification of Germany By Frederick Taylor. 438 pp. Bloomsbury Press, 2011. $30. The swift fall of Saddam Hussein and Iraq’s Baathist Party in the spring of 2003 sparked a flurry of...

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    Eye on a Juggernaut

    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....

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    Moving Target

    After the Japanese occupied the Philippines, one American family found themselves on a run for their lives. Coming from most adolescent boys, this statement might be dismissed as idle prattle. But 14- year-old Clifford Schuring knew it to...

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    WWII Today- April 2012

    Fight On Two Fronts They sent him to a segregated boot camp, relegated him to a support role hauling ammunition, and refused to let him fight. But Ambrose Anderson Jr. never considered himself anything less than a full-fledged U.S. Marine....

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    World War II- Letters from Readers April 2012

    Imperfect Pearl I ENJOYED “The Pearl Harbor Myth” in your November/December issue, as I have all of your articles for many years. But I was surprised that the author omit ted what is perhaps the most serious error the Japanese made:...

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    WWII Book Review: The Taste of War

    The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food  By Lizzie Collingham, 656 pp. The Penguin Press, 2012. $35.  ‘We’re supposed to die of starvation, to make place for the Germans.” This was how the people of Kiev...

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    WWII TV Review: Hitler’s Bodyguard

    Hitler’s Bodyguard: How history’s most evil tyrant survived 25 years of terror Directed by Alexander Kluge. $79.99. 13 episodes; 10 hours on 4 DVDs. Between Hitler’s early days in Munich and the war’s opening, his security detail...

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    Plot Against a Pilot?

    Werner Goering was a skilled B-17 commander, but his family background became a security issue in this strange tale of loyalty to crew and country. On November 21, 1944, a young U.S. Army Air Forces first lieutenant named Werner Goering...

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    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...

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    WWII Today- June 2012

    Outcasts No Longer Anywhere else they might have been heroes—the 5,000 Irish soldiers who volunteered to join British and American forces fighting Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. They landed at Normandy, liberated the Bergen-Belsen...

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    World War II- Letters from Readers June 2012

    Honored Warriors YOUR NOVEMBER/December article “American Samurai” was a great tribute to our 442nd Infantry Regimental Com bat Team. The photographs were new to me—would love to have a few for my collection. The timing of the...

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    WWII Model Review: Bishop 25 Pounder Self-Propelled Artillery

    When the British Army faced off against the Germans in North Africa’s western desert, they were very much surprised and impressed by the enemy’s use of mobile artillery. Desperate to keep up, the British looked for a fix to their...

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    WWII DVD Review: Red Tails

    Red Tails (PG-13)  Directed by Anthony Hemingway. 120 minutes.  During World War II, African American military pilots fought bigotry from their own country and fought Axis aggressors overseas to prove themselves worthy of their...

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    FDR’s China Syndrome

    The Asian giant had a powerful hold on the president’s imagination— one that shaped his wartime policy for the worse. Tourists trudging through the Roosevelt family seat in Hyde Park, New York, pass by Ming vases, a dinner gong, and...

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    First Strike Against Japan

    Long before the United States entered the war, an American aviator hatched a brazen scheme—which President Roosevelt authorized—to preemptively attack Japan. Claire Chennault wanted to bomb Japan. Using B-17 bombers flying from Chinese...