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Ridgway: Iron Man at the Front

Carlo D'Este | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Acts of great courage in war aren't limited to the battlefield. One little-known incident during World War II defined Major General Matthew B. Ridgway as a commander of unrivaled courage when he laid his career on the line at a …

Time Travel: Normandy's Contested Landing Beaches

Dan Carlinsky | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:21 pm
  Shortly after midnight on June 6, 1944, the sky above the Normandy market town of Sainte-Mère-Église quietly grew thick with billowing silk as American paratroopers dropped into the night ahead of the long-expected Allied invasion of Europe; by …

Germany's He111 Medium Bomber

Jim Laurier | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:19 pm
  Click for larger image. To see past Weapons Manuals by Max Gadney, click here. This infographic originally appeared in the January/February issue of World War II magazine.    …

Conversation with Matthew Brzezinski

Gene Santoro | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:17 pm
'Writing this book," Matthew Brzezinski declares, "made me grasp the horrors of the situation's choices." The "situation" is the Nazi-ruled Warsaw Ghetto, portrayed with gritty detail in Isaac's Army. From 1940 on, a 24-year-old Zionist youth leader named Isaac …

A Young Pilot's Surprising Political Leanings

Andrew Carroll | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:17 pm
Branded a left-wing peacenik during his 1972 presidential campaign against incumbent Richard M. Nixon, Senator George S. McGovern lost that race in a landslide, winning only Massa-chusetts and Washington, D.C. A major reason for his defeat was his opposition to …

No Regrets

Laurence Rees | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:15 pm
Of all the places I've been, the port of Archangel in the north of Russia is the least romantic. The climate is terrible—cold and dank most of the year—and ships lie rusting in the harbor. From the drunks on the …

What If the Omaha Beach Landing Had Failed?

Mark Grimsley | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:15 pm
An Allied failure would have made a second invasion of northwestern Europe unlikely.

Review: The Liberator by Alex Kershaw

Tom Huntington | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:08 pm
The Liberator One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau By Alex Kershaw. 448 pp. Crown, 2012. $28. War is hell, but Felix Sparks, the central figure in The Liberator…

Death by P-38

Don Hollway | Published: March 04, 2013 at 12:25 pm
Seventy years ago, American pilots accomplished a mission: impossible—and set a military precedent.

Spitfires, Real and Imagined

Published: March 04, 2013 at 11:22 am
Considering the Siren's call of an alleged buried cache of Supermarine Spitfires.

Canon de 75 modèle 1897: France’s 'Black Butcher'

Jon Guttman | Published: February 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm
The French 75 made its mark in 1914 at First Marne, then echoed around the world in various versions.

Interview With Author-Historian Rick Atkinson

Published: February 28, 2013 at 11:39 am
Pulitzer Prize–winning author-historian Rick Atkinson has completed the final volume of his Liberation Trilogy, a history of the U.S. Army in Europe in World War II.

Book Review: Stalin’s General, by Geoffrey Roberts

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm
Geoffrey Roberts has written a well-researched, candid biography of Soviet General Georgy Zhukov, an impressive if only intermittently sympathetic commander.

Slaughterhouse in Three Movements

Noah Andre Trudeau | Published: February 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm
In "Airborne Symphony," Marc Blitzstein composed a vivid picture of air power in World War II

The Crucible at Kursk

Dennis Showalter | Published: February 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm
Soviet infantry and T-34/76 tanks charge the German line at Kursk. (akg-images/RIA Nowosti) This is an excerpt. To read the complete article, subscribe to MHQ! HistoryNet store • Kindle at Amazon "It's time to write the Last Will and Testament" one …

Oh What a Lucky Man, III

Robert M. Citino | Published: February 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm
The theme of this column lately has been the way that Americans are keeping alive the memory of World War II. The results are in, and the verdict is "wow!" The recent exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts of …
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