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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Why Germany Nearly Won

    Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe By Steven D. Mercatante. 408 pp. Praeger, 2012. $58. This book’s title doesn’t adequately describe the ambitions of the author. Steven D. Mercatante goes beyond...

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    WWII Book Review: September Hope

    September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far By John C. McManus. 512 pp. NAL Hardcover, 2012. $27.95. Cornelius Ryan’s classic book A Bridge Too Far dominates the historical landscape of Operation Market Garden, just as in fall...

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    A Bridge Enough: No Mercy at Nijmegen

    When a teenage paratrooper landed on Dutch soil as part of Operation Market Garden, his dreams of combat collided with bloody reality. When I heard the 82nd Airborne would be jumping into Holland, I was relieved. It was September 1944....

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    Heavier Metal at Tarawa

    When the Marines hit Tarawa, the punch included Sherman medium tanks—a Pacific Theater first. The battle for Tarawa marked not only the start of the Central Pacific Campaign but also the debut of Marine Corps medium tanks in the Pacific....

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    The Reading List: John Prados

    Many a passion and many a career start with a good book. With that in mind, we asked a leading historian to look back at the World War II histories that were most meaningful to him as a boy. D-Day: The Sixth of June, 1944 David Howarth...

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    WWII Today- December 2012

    Decades-Long Search Leads to Discovery of U-Boat Off Nantucket The salvage team had spent two days far off Nantucket Island aboard the 45-foot dive boat Tenacious, pinging the depths with sonar. Night was coming. Suddenly the sonar picked...

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    World War II- Letters from Readers December 2012

    Salerno in the Spotlight BY WHAT STANDARD could the Salerno landing be considered a “Battle Without a Victor” (July/August)? The Allies’ immediate objective was to land on the Italian mainland; the Germans’ was to prevent the...

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    What Next, General? Marshal Konev’s East Front Offensive, 1944

    As the famed Red Army commander, YOU must defeat Adolf Hitler’s armies and liberate Ukraine. JUNE 1944, THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW It is mid-June 1944 as you assume the role of Marshal of the Soviet Union Ivan Stepanovich Konev, commander of...

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    Interactive- U.S. Marines Defend Wake Island, 1941

    Choose the correct plan for an American gun crew facing Japanese invaders. You are U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Woodrow M. Kessler, commander of an eight-man gun crew. Your 5-inch gun, once mounted on a U.S. Navy battle- ship, is part of...

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    1943: World War II’s Forgotten Year of Victory

    Unfairly overlooked by historians, this crucial year of global conflict turned the tide of war irrevocably in the Allies’ favor. The year 1943 opened badly for the once unstoppable Axis forces of Nazi Germany, fascist Italy and Imperial...

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    Ploesti: Anatomy of a Disaster

    Brave U.S. airmen persevered in the face of horrendously daunting circumstances. On June 11, 1942, 13 B-24D Liberator bombers flew from Fayid, Egypt, and bombed the oil complex at Ploesti, Romania. These aircraft were part of a secret...

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    MacArthur’s Defense of the Philippines, 1941-42

    Sound decisions helped create a roadblock to Japan’s Pacific blitzkrieg. The Japanese offensive that began World War II in the Pacific targeted the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, British and Dutch possessions in resource-rich...

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    Armchair General- Letter from the Editor January 2013

    Forgotten History- Revealed! Although our popular Forgotten History department regularly presents some of the most intriguing yet little known battles and events throughout history, this issue features several additional articles on...

  • Film Recon

    FILM RECON Interview: Fionn Whitehead on “Dunkirk”

    Fionn Whitehead, 19, acted on stage and in a miniseries before Christopher Nolan selected him for the lead role in Dunkirk. He spoke to Senior Editor Paraag Shukla of World War II magazine about the film, which...

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    FILM RECON Interview: Jack Lowden on “Dunkirk”

    Jack Lowden, 27, is a successful and award-winning actor. Prior to being cast as a Royal Air Force pilot in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, Lowden performed on stage as well as in television and film projects. He...

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    FILM RECON Interview: Mark Rylance on “Dunkirk”

    Mark Rylance, 57, is a well-respected actor, theatre director, and playwright. Known for acclaimed performances on stage and screen, he won an Academy Award and BAFTA Award in 2015 for his performance in Steven Spielberg’s...