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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

MHQ Reviews: Notable Books, Summer 2013

Published: May 07, 2013 at 10:49 am
MHQ editors recommend great summer reads

The Hürtgen Forest, 1944: The Worst Place of Any

Rick Atkinson | Published: May 07, 2013 at 10:25 am
A chilling excerpt from the final book in Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy

Diversion

Robert M. Citino | Published: May 06, 2013 at 4:08 pm
It's a familiar figure of speech: "What if they gave a war, and no one came?" I am old enough to recognize this slogan. I was born in 1958, the youngest of five, with my older siblings in college. I …

Elco PT Boat: 80 Feet of Wood and Weaponry

Jon Guttman | Published: May 01, 2013 at 4:22 pm
Of the nearly 400 fast, light and heavily armed patrol boats Elco made for the U.S. Navy during World War II, a few achieved notoriety and one survives today as a museum ship.

Why Anvil Gets No Respect

Robert M. Citino | Published: April 16, 2013 at 10:07 am
Last time out, I wrote about a forgotten campaign: the Allied landing in the south of France in August 1944. The planners first called it Operation Anvil, then renamed it Dragoon just days before it took place. By any accounting, …

A Combat Brotherhood That Makes a Difference - Military Order of the Purple Heart

Vietnam magazine | Published: April 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm
Wounded veterans continue to serve comrades and country in the Military Order of the Purple Heart

Fighting Words: From the World Wars to Korea

Christine Ammer | Published: March 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm
Many words and phrases used in the Korean War were first used in the World Wars

No Respect

Robert M. Citino | Published: March 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm
Life isn't fair, and neither is history. Indeed, some historical events—no matter how vast or significant—seem destined to be forgotten. And World War II is full of them. Let's say you are launching a complex amphibious invasion of an enemy-held …

Typo

Robert M. Citino | Published: March 07, 2013 at 11:28 am
I am all thumbs. Put me at a computer keyboard, and I am trouble. I am the lord of the typo. Put my on an iPhone and things get exponentially worse. Put me on an iPhone with that quaint function …

World War II January/February 2013 Table of Contents

Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:24 pm
  FEATURESclick to subscribe cover story Sundown at Torpedo Junction Japan's submarines wreaked havoc  early in the Pacific War, until rigid doctrine dragged them down.  By John Prados Iron Man General Matthew Ridgway had the unblinking courage needed …

Torpedo Junction

John Prados | Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:23 pm
In the battle for Guadalcanal, Imperial submarines ruled the sea—until rigid doctrine dragged them down.

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 …
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