World War II
Published: July 03, 2013 at 12:14 pm
The Webley & Scott Mk VI top-break revolver was a versatile weapon, designed with trench warfare in mind, that remained popular with British officers through World War II.
Published: June 17, 2013 at 11:57 am
Last time out we began a discussion of a seemingly insignificant event. Near the end of May 1944, Monsignor Jozef Tiso, the wartime leader of Slovakia, paid a visit to Adolf Hitler at the latter's headquarters in East Prussia–the famous …
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 …
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 …
Published: May 08, 2013 at 5:47 pm
Erich von Manstein gave the Wehrmacht a comeback but couldn't change its fate
Published: May 07, 2013 at 10:49 am
MHQ editors recommend great summer reads
Published: May 07, 2013 at 10:25 am
A chilling excerpt from the final book in Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy
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 …
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.
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, …
Published: April 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm
Wounded veterans continue to serve comrades and country in the Military Order of the Purple Heart
Published: March 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm
Many words and phrases used in the Korean War were first used in the World Wars
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 …
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 …
Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:24 pm
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Sundown at Torpedo Junction
Japan's submarines wreaked havoc
early in the Pacific War, until
rigid doctrine dragged them down.
By John Prados
General Matthew Ridgway had the
unblinking courage needed …
Published: March 04, 2013 at 2:23 pm
In the battle for Guadalcanal, Imperial submarines ruled the sea—until rigid doctrine dragged them down.