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Letter From MHQ, Autumn 2013

MHQ Editors | Published: August 20, 2013 at 11:31 am
This issue of MHQ features three stories about soldiers who chose to tell their war story not through words but through images.

Reader Comments, MHQ Autumn 2013

Published: August 20, 2013 at 11:30 am
'Victory disease' strikes American commanders in WWII and West Point classes compete for honors

MHQ Reviews: Autumn 2013

Published: August 20, 2013 at 11:21 am
MAIN REVIEWS The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II, by Charles Glass, reviewed by David Lamb Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea, by Sheila Miyoshi Jager, reviewed by William Donnelly   TELEVISION Plunder, Glory, and Everyday …

MHQ Reviews: When the Greatest Generation Went AWOL

Charles Glass | Published: August 20, 2013 at 11:08 am
Many of the books about World War II take the Tom Brokaw approach and salute the courage of “the Greatest Generation.” But what of the men who apparently lacked the courage to stand in battle, those who deserted?

Lucky Break

Robert M. Citino | Published: July 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm
I've been thinking a lot lately about the endgame of the war in the European Theater, early 1945. For the Germans, things had fallen apart. The Soviets were slashing deeply into East Prussia and crossing the Oder. The western allies …

Book Review: Monte Cassino, by Peter Caddick-Adams

HistoryNet Staff | Published: July 03, 2013 at 3:58 pm
In Monte Cassino, Peter Caddick-Adams explores the strategy, tactics and outcome of the four-month slog for the Italian town and monastery during World War II.

Webley & Scott Mk VI Revolver: The British Officer’s Man-Stopper of Choice

Jon Guttman | 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.

Tiso in the Wolf's Lair

Robert M. Citino | 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 …

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, …
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