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    The Reading List: Richard Frank

    This list focuses on five titles among many worthy examples of outstanding recent scholarship on the vastly neglected Asian-Pacific War. (The sixth and idiosyncratic pick is just one of my all-time favorites.) The Battle for China: Essays...

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    Letters from Readers- World War II April 2014

    Focused on the Photos I would like your help in identifying the rifle on page 40 of Phil Stern’s story “Still Focused,” (November/December 2013). A Ranger is taking aim with what appears to be a rifle with a Springfield 1903/1903A3...

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    Battle Films: Casablanca and the Politics of Sacrifice

    The first time I saw was 20 years old, with a date on my arm and hope in my heart. Casablanca I Unsurprisingly, I watched it through the lens of romance. So too, for at least the first five viewings, should anyone watch this most beloved...

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    Book Review: The Longest Day

    The Longest Day: The Illustrated 70th Anniversary Archive Edition By Cornelius Ryan. 256 pp. Barrons, 2014. $59.99. D-Day’s most beloved epic retelling has been upscaled as a sumptuous coffee-table book stuffed with memorabilia and...

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    Book Review: Bombing Nazi Germany

    Bombing Nazi Germany:  The Graphic History of the Allied Air Campaign That Defeated Hitler in World War II By Wayne Vansant. 104 pp. Zenith, 2013. $19.99. For decades, air operations in World War II didn’t draw the attention lavished on...

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    DVD Review: Surviving D-Day

    Surviving D-Day: Directed by Richard Dale. 138 minutes. Airing on the American Heroes Channel; also on DVD, 2012. $14.98. Big D-Day anniversaries like this year’s 70th inevitably surface new and old videos for an eager market. Sadly, too...

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    Book Review: The Burning Shore

    The Burning Shore: How Hitler’s U-Boats Brought World War II to America By Ed Offley. 288 pp. Basic, 2014. $27.99. In June 1942, flames leapt into the air and black smoke from the last giant oil tanker in a northbound convoy filled the...

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    Exercise in Tragedy: Practice for the D-Day Landings

    Ready to give their all on D-Day, hundreds of GIs and sailors lost their lives rehearsing for the landings. In at least one respect, the name Slapton Sands is a misnomer. There is no sand at all on the beach at the edge of Lyme Bay, of the...

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    Overlooked Overseer: Frederick E. Morgan

    A forgotten British general built the plan that brought Operation Overlord to fruition. NEVER IN HISTORY HAD so great a mission begun under such unusual circumstances. Frederick E. Morgan accepted the position of Chief of Staff to the...

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    Fog of War: Aerial Combat in the Aleutian Islands

    The Imperial Japanese Navy light aircraft carriers in heavy seas, steaming into the wind 180 miles south of the American naval Ryūjō and Junyō were base at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, as dawn neared on June 3, 1942. To elude U.S. Navy PBY...

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    A Knife in the Vitals: Omaha Beach

    A green lieutenant and a battle-hardened sergeant led the first Americans to fight their way off bloody Omaha Beach. The 32 men in the first boat section of E Company, 16th Infantry Regiment, landed late, in chin-high water, at 6:45...

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    Time Travel: Battlewagon Becalmed

    A FLUKE OF TIMING brought us onto the battleship on December 7. The weekend my wife and I chose to beat the Christmas crunch included the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, from which the USS North Carolina would someday wage war....

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    Fire for Effect: Rich Man’s War

    IT’S GOOD TO BE WEALTHY, and World War II saw the richer side win. The Grand Alliance was a behemoth, consisting of the world’s largest land mass (the Soviet Union), the biggest overseas empire (Great Britain), and the financial and...

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    Omaha the Hard Way: Conversation with Hal Baumgarten

    IT’S AMAZING that Private Hal Baumgarten survived D-Day. The 19-year-old, a member of of Company B, 116th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, was wounded five times. Evacuated on June 7, he had 23 surgeries that inspired him to become a...

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    WWII Today- June 2014

    VA Doctors Lobotomized Hundreds of Troubled American Veterans After the war, doctors at overwhelmed veterans hospitals lobotomized about 2,000 emotionally devastated World War II veterans—and probably hundreds more. Some patients...

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    Reading List: Eri Hotta

    War with the Newts Karel Capek (1936) “This is a brilliant book by the Czech writer who invented the word “robot.” His story of how giant salamanders take over the world after being exploited by humans is at once a chilling social...