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    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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    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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    Armored Debut on the Road to Damortis

    The subsequent exploits of U.S. armored forces during World War II have overshadowed the first action involving American tankers. The United States’ first World War II tank versus tank engagement was no grand, dashing maneuver on the...

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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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    WWII Letter from the Editor- May 2006

    Living in the shadow of the Bunker Hill Monument, it is pretty hard to avoid an interest in the American Revolution. At one point in a program I recently watched, the narrator read a letter from Abigail Adams in which she admonished her...

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    WWII Book Review: What Stalin Knew

    What Stalin Knew: The Enigma of Barbarossa by David E. Murphy; Yale University Press, New Haven, 2005, $30. Career CIA officer David E. Murphy endeavors to explain in What Stalin Knew, why, on the very eve of the launching of Operation...

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    Ancestry Ignored in the Luftwaffe

    Helmut Wilberg was a Prussian officer and a gentleman. He radiated confidence, was built like a linebacker and had clear blue eyes that gazed out from his square face. Typical of his class, he was apolitical, a consummate professional and...

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    From Blitz to Normandy

    As his company rose up and began to advance into the cornfield, Blitz veteran Richard G. Clements thought it looked like something from a B movie—then the SS Panzergrenadiers defending the Norman village of Maltot opened fire. By 1942...

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    Riding a Wildcat into War

    Jack Maas took to the skies with the ‘Cactus Air Force’ during some of the most desperate days of the Guadalcanal campaign. He went on to fight his way across the Pacific…and beyond. For some fighter aces, fame rests primarily or...

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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 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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    ‘Dream Big and Dare to Fail’

    From the icy shoreline where he stood, a tall gaunt man took off his goggles and stared out into the rough seas. It was nearly impossible to see anything through the descending fog, and he was alone except for his dogs. He was on the...