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    What If Japan Had Won at Midway?

    IT IS JUNE 4, 1942. Spearheaded by four aircraft carriers, the Japanese mobile task force steams toward Midway Atoll in the Central Pacific, hoping to lure into battle the remnants of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The Japanese do not know that,...

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    WWII Review: Ghost Army

    Ghost Army Directed by Rick Beyer. 60 minutes, $24.99. Also airing on PBS and playing at select theaters; information at ghostarmy.org. The Ghost Army of World War II: Artists of Deception By Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles. 48 pp. Plate...

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    WWII Book Review: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

    The Making of the Atomic Bomb: The 25th Anniversary of the Classic History By Richard Rhodes. 838 pp. Simon & Schuster, 2012 (with new forward by the author). $21.  The great Danish physicist Niels Bohr, writes journalist and...

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    Torpedoes in Paradise

    Yes, the Germans and the Japanese did collaborate. No, it didn’t do much good. The USS Sea south of Borneo the afternoon of April 23, 1945. The submarine’s skipper, Lieutenant Commander Herman E. Miller, had come to trust the uncannily...

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    First Proof of the Nazi Murder Machine

    Soviet soldiers of the Third Belorussian Army could be forgiven for thinking at first glance that what they had just come across in the Polish city of Lublin was a POW camp, given the rows of barracks that stretched off into the distance....

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    The Peacemaker: Simon Bolivar Buckner

    How Simon Bolivar Buckner fought to keep the services from fighting— each other. MONDAY, JUNE 18, 1945, dawned hot and steamy on Okinawa. For 79 days, the American Tenth Army and Japan’s 32nd Army had been struggling for the island in...

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    Danger Zone: Battle of Mortain

    When the Germans fought back at Mortain, the violence pivoted around a patch of high ground and the American artillerymen trapped there. War, as historian Bruce Catton once wrote, sometimes “went by a queer script of its own,” putting...

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    Time Travel: Escape to Colditz

    COLDITZ CASTLE RISES high above the surrounding country- side of Germany’s eastern Saxony region, its white walls and narrow windows peering down at the Mulde River and the small town of Colditz below. Designated Oflag (“officer...

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    War Letters: Closing Ceremonies

    THIS ISSUE’S “War Letters” will be the last, and, appropriately enough, concludes with a pair of previously unpublished accounts of events surrounding the ceremony that marked the end of World War II. Captain Ed Clement, 25,...

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    Hard Landing: Conversation with Henry Supchak

    FOR DECADES AFTER the war, Henry Supchak, who flew B-17 bombers as a lieutenant in the Eighth Air Force, had nightmares. He was a successful executive with a loving family and a Distinguished Flying Cross, but the memories of being shot...

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    The Reading List: Andrew Carroll

    The author of World War II’s “War Letters” column, which concludes this issue  after a six-year run, spotlights self-published books deserving of greater attention: An Alcove in the Heart: WWII Letters of Sidney Diamond to...

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    WWII Today- August 2013

    Third Reich’s Infrastructure of Horror Far More Widespread Than Thought The Nazis built and operated a far more extensive mechanism of debasement and death than previously known, historians have found. When researchers began in 2000 to...

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    Letters from Readers- World War II August 2013

    Familiar Face A COMMENT on the March/April cover: The tank commander looks very much like a young Robert Taylor to the point I thought it was a movie shot! Just wondering if anyone else thinks so. GREG VANDERZEE LAKE LUZERNE, N.Y. We do!...

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    WWII Book Review: Monte Cassino

    Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell By Peter Caddick-Adams. 432 pp. Oxford, 2013. $29.95.  The battle of Monte Cassino, from January to May 1944—“129 days of hell”— was arguably the Allies’ toughest combat of World War II....

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    WWII Review: Against the Odds

    Against the Odds: American Jews and the Rescue of Jewish Refugees 1933–41 Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City. Through May 2014, adults $12. mjhnyc.org Long before war again engulfed Europe, Jews intent on fleeing Nazi Germany began...

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    WWII Review: Rising Storm

    Rising Storm, a shared effort of developers and fans of Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, is among the very best multiplayer first-person-shooters set in World War II for the PC. Excellent environments, asymmetrical warfare, and...