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Book Review: Armor and Blood, by Dennis E. Showalter

HistoryNet Staff | Published: September 08, 2013 at 3:28 pm
In Armor and Blood longtime Military History contributor Dennis Showalter takes in the full scope of the massive World War II tank clash on the Kursk salient.

Book Review: Death in the Baltic, by Cathryn J. Prince

HistoryNet Staff | Published: September 08, 2013 at 3:18 pm
Cathryn Prince recounts the wartime loss of the Nazi passenger liner Wilhelm Gustloff, with history's greatest loss of life in a single ship sinking, in Death in the Baltic.

Table of Contents—November 2013 'Aviation History'

Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:14 pm
Reginal Mitchell's Supermarine Spitfire; the mysterious disappearance of the Hawaii Clipper; Max Immelmann, the "Fokker Scourge;" the effort to cut off Hitler's oil supply in Ploesti; a dramatic search-and-rescue in Greenland during World War II.

Ploesti—The Rest of the Story

Barrett Tillman | Published: September 06, 2013 at 2:01 pm
The Fifteenth Air Force struggled for four long months to shut off Hitler’s Balkan oil supply near Ploesti.

Ask MHQ: Stealing Enemy Thunder—and Tanks

Jon Guttman | Published: August 20, 2013 at 11:34 am
What to do with captured guns?

Letter From MHQ, Autumn 2013

MHQ Editors | Published: August 20, 2013 at 11:31 am
This issue of MHQ features three stories about soldiers who chose to tell their war story not through words but through images.

Reader Comments, MHQ Autumn 2013

Published: August 20, 2013 at 11:30 am
'Victory disease' strikes American commanders in WWII and West Point classes compete for honors

MHQ Reviews: Autumn 2013

Published: August 20, 2013 at 11:21 am
MAIN REVIEWS The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II, by Charles Glass, reviewed by David Lamb Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea, by Sheila Miyoshi Jager, reviewed by William Donnelly   TELEVISION Plunder, Glory, and Everyday …

MHQ Reviews: When the Greatest Generation Went AWOL

Charles Glass | Published: August 20, 2013 at 11:08 am
Many of the books about World War II take the Tom Brokaw approach and salute the courage of “the Greatest Generation.” But what of the men who apparently lacked the courage to stand in battle, those who deserted?

Lucky Break

Robert M. Citino | Published: July 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm
I've been thinking a lot lately about the endgame of the war in the European Theater, early 1945. For the Germans, things had fallen apart. The Soviets were slashing deeply into East Prussia and crossing the Oder. The western allies …

Book Review: Monte Cassino, by Peter Caddick-Adams

HistoryNet Staff | Published: July 03, 2013 at 3:58 pm
In Monte Cassino, Peter Caddick-Adams explores the strategy, tactics and outcome of the four-month slog for the Italian town and monastery during World War II.

Webley & Scott Mk VI Revolver: The British Officer’s Man-Stopper of Choice

Jon Guttman | Published: July 03, 2013 at 12:14 pm
The Webley & Scott Mk VI top-break revolver was a versatile weapon, designed with trench warfare in mind, that remained popular with British officers through World War II.

Tiso in the Wolf's Lair

Robert M. Citino | Published: June 17, 2013 at 11:57 am
Last time out we began a discussion of a seemingly insignificant event. Near the end of May 1944, Monsignor Jozef Tiso, the wartime leader of Slovakia, paid a visit to Adolf Hitler at the latter's headquarters in East Prussia–the famous …

Deception

Robert M. Citino | Published: May 29, 2013 at 11:15 am
Last time out we discussed an Allied deception operation called Starkey. Designed to simulate a landing in the Pas de Calais in 1943, and thus to draw off German strength from Italy (where the Allies actually were landing at the …

The Greatest Story Often Told: Rick Atkinson's Guns at Last Light

Alex Kershaw | Published: May 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm
THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT  The War in Western Europe, 1944–1945 By Rick Atkinson. 896 pp. Henry Holt and Co., 2013. $40. For almost 15 years—three times longer than World War II lasted—Pulitzer winner Rick Atkinson has toiled with …

Kharkov 1943: The Wehrmacht's Last Victory

Robert M. Citino | Published: May 08, 2013 at 5:47 pm
Erich von Manstein gave the Wehrmacht a comeback but couldn't change its fate
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