20th - 21st Century Archives

20th – 21st Century

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: A World at Total War

    A World at Total War: Global Conflict and the Politics of Destruction, 1937-1945 Edited by Roger Chickering, Stig Förster and Bernd Greiner; Cambridge University Press, 2005, $70. This collection of articles is the latest in a series....

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    WWII Book Review: The War Comes to Plum Street

    The War Comes to Plum Street by Bruce C. Smith; Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2005, $29.95. The war comes to Plum Street details the impact World War II had upon New Castle, Indiana, and in particular on the four daughters of the...

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    The Beetle in Battle

    No present-day company is more a product of military might than Volkswagen. On May 26, 1938, just outside the new town of Fallersleben in lower Saxony, Adolf Hitler spoke at a cornerstone dedication ceremony for a new factory. The factory,...

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    One Man’s War: Cliff Bennett

    NAME: Cliff Bennett DATE ENTERED SERVICE: April 2, 1943 CAMPAIGNS: China-Burma-India, Air Offensive Japan, China Defense DECORATIONS: Five Campaign Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal, Victory Medal The story of the war...

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    Commands: First Belgian Independent Brigade

    DESIGNATION: First Belgian Independent Brigade ACTIVATION: January 21, 1944 CAMPAIGN: Northwest Europe Among the representatives of myriad exiled nations operating from England in 1944 were a handful of Belgians—most of whom had not seen...

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    In the Ashes of the Reich

    Dodging a torrent of fire from Red Army soldiers to deliver dispatches from Adolf Hitler’s Berlin bunker, Hitler Youth member Armin Lehmann witnessed the dying days of the only world he had ever known. Raised on the lies of their elders,...

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    The Desert Fox’s Defense of Normandy

    Erwin Rommel’s decision to stop the Allied invasion of France at the water’s edge was contrary to the rule book and anathema to his more tradition-bound contemporaries. ROMMEL’S GLORY YEARS For Rommel, the first three years of the...

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    Death of the Desert Fox

    Field Marshal Erwin Rommel— Germany’s vaunted “Desert Fox”—met his end not on the battlefield, but at the hands of henchmen sent by his own commander in chief. After more than 60 years, Rommel’s death remains a testament to the...

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    Scaring Them to Death: The BAR

    On the morning of June 6, 1944, a detachment of 200 U.S. Army Rangers approached the coast of Normandy and prepared to carry out the unenviable mission of scaling a perpendicular cliff behind the beach and silencing a battery of 155mm...

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    One Man’s War: Gordon Jackson

    NAME: Gordon Jackson DATE ENTERED SERVICE: September 1939 DECORATIONS: Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, 1939-1945 Star My decision to join the Canadian Permanent Force in September 1939 was easy. A couple of my...

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    Commands: Polish 1st Armored Division

    DESIGNATION: Polish 1st Armored Division ACTIVATION: November 25, 1942 CAMPAIGNS: Normandy, France, Holland The Polish 1st Armored Division descended directly from the 10th Cavalry Brigade, which was raised, along with the 10th Mounted...

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    WWII Letters from the Editor- June 2006

    A NEIGHBOR TO THE NORTH I just finished the article on Leonard Birchall in the December 2005 issue (“Personality”) and was surprised to read how important Sir Winston Churchill felt the actions of one individual were in World War II....

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    WWII Book Review: War in the Wild East

    War in the Wild East: The German Army and Soviet Partisans  by Ben Shepherd; Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2004, $29.95. In the mid-1990s, the Wehrmacht exhibition (Wehrmachts-Ausstellung) that traveled to cities in Germany and...

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    WWII Book Review: In Command of History

    In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War by David Reynolds; Random House, New York, 2005, $35. He was a giant of a man, a larger-than-life figure with an insatiable appetite for fine cognac (although...

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    WWII Today- August 2006

    Gary Sterne had no idea that he was about to find something that could significantly alter our understanding of D-Day. A map found among the belongings of a World War II veteran living in England had brought him to a bluff near Omaha...

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    One Man’s War: Carlyle Coleman

    NAME: Carlyle “Carl” Coleman DATE ENTERED SERVICE: 1942 CAMPAIGNS: Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, the Ardennes, and Central Europe On June 6, 1944, the 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division stormed ashore at...