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    WWII Model Review: BMW R75 Motorcycle

    German BMW R75 Motorcycle In 1916, two premier German aircraft companies merged to become Bavarian Motor Works, or BMW. Their logo symbolized a white airplane propeller against a blue sky. But the company would soon be grounded by the 1919...

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    WWII Book Review: The Retreat

    The Retreat: Hitler’s First Defeat By Michael Jones. 352 pp. Thomas Dunne Books, December 2010. $27.99. Even before the Wehrmacht retreated from Moscow, it retreated from civilized behavior: its soldiers and officers launched an orgy of...

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    WWII Review: Anne Frank

    Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography By Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon, 160 pp. Hill and Wang, 2010. $16.95. From the authors of the bestselling The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation (Jacobson was executive editor of...

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    The Adventures of Mutt and Jeff

    Named by MI5 for comic strip characters, two Nazi spies working for Britain proved that espionage is serious business Late in the evening of April 6, 1941, a twin-engine seaplane took off from the city of Stavanger on Norway’s southwest...

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    The Kindness of Strangers

    How thousands of Danes —and one brave German—defined the Nazis to rescue Denmark’s Jews. “I know what I have to do,” the man wrote in his diary. But even the prospect of what Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz had to do that day, Sept-...

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    WWII Today- April 2011

    Russia Finally Condemns Stalin In a major break with precedent, the Russian parliament officially condemned Joseph Stalin for the first time ever this fall for his role in the Katyn Forest massacre during World War II, setting the stage...

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    WWII Letters from Readers- April 2011

    The Unsinkable Higgins Boat I enjoyed your article “The Bridge to the Beach” (November/December). Only a few people knew how rugged the Higgins LCVP landing craft proved to be under actual combat conditions. After surviving three days...

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    WWII Model Review: Yukikaze

    Japan’s Yukikaze Destroyer The commissioned in 1940, saw action in Yukikaze, a Kagero-class destroyer most of the big battles in the Pacific War. In December 1941, it supported Japanese landings at Luzon. The ship screened troop landings...

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    Red Ramage’s Wild Ride

    An American sub skipper chases an elusive Japanese convoy—and finds unparalleled glory. The commanding officer was hopping back and forth between the lookouts on the radar screen in the conning tower, and the plot table in the...

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    WWII Today- June 2011

    The War’s Deadliest Weapon: Starvation World War II was about many things: ideology, conquest, survival. But food historian Lizzie Collingham makes a persuasive case in a new book that the war was largely about food. In The Taste of War:...

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    WWII Letters from Readers- June 2011

    Fuze Fans I must note an inaccurate spelling in the article “Bombs Away” (January/February) when describing German bomb fuzes. The author uses a spelling of “fuse,” which is incorrect. A fuse is a cord of readily combustible...

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    The Darkest Valley: American Paratroopers in Italy

    Scattered, lost, and underequipped behind enemy lines in Italy, American paratroopers resorted to what they did best—wreaking havoc...

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    WWII Kids Stuff: Women Heroes and Phantoms in the Snow

    Women Heroes of World War II By Kathryn Atwood. 272 pp. Chicago Review Press, 2011. $19.95. The 26 women in this well-written collection of short biographical essays faced off against the Nazis in one form or another as part of the...

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    WWII Book Review: Beautiful Assassin

    Beautiful Assassin  By Michael White. 480 pp. Harper Perennial, 2011. $15.99.  Snipers are inherently romantic figures. They reduce war to its elemental essentials: fighter, weapon, cunning, target. Make the sniper a gorgeous,...

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    WWII Model Review: Raketenwerfer auf Somua

    Germany’s 8cm Raketenwerfer auf Somua MCL S303(f) At Heinrich Himmler’s direction, a program was developed to create weapons to be used exclusively by the SS, including the 8cm Raketensprenggranate, a rocket delivery system based on...

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    Field Trip for the OSS Women

    A group of unconventional young women groomed for OSS field work take on leeches, exploding toilets, and the finer points of propaganda warfare. ‘It is urgently requested that great care be given in the selection of female personnel for...