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  • World War II Magazine

    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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    WWII Book Review: Visions of Victory

    Visions of Victory: The Hopes of Eight World War II Leaders by Gerhard L. Weinberg; Cambridge University Press, 2005, $25. The best word to describe Gerhard Weinberg’s writing is “unapologetic.” More than any other author around,...

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    ‘What good would it do you to survive?’

    The scratchy recorded voice that fought its way out of the oft-repaired speakers had a few more minutes to run. Sixteen-year-old Mitsuharu Nagase had already heard enough to cause tears to flow down his cheeks. He shot a sideward glance at...

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    A WAVE and Magic

    My war was not one of combat heroism or being sent to far distant shores. I was stationed relatively close to my home, and at no time did I feel that I was in any great danger. For all of that, I think my service was unique and, I hope, of...

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    WWII Letters from Readers- May 2006

    INSIGHTFUL ARTICLE ON IWO My hat is off to Ivan E. Prall for his very well written article “Final Spasm on Sulfur Island” (March 2006), which chronicled the Japanese attack on the support camps located on the Motoyama Plateau in late...

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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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    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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    A Most Unusual Reunion

    Navy ensign Jim Moore tensed with the rush of adrenaline as the B-24 Liberator flew above Chinese fields at 500 feet early on the morning of August 17, 1945. He was one of six men sent on a daring mission to locate the Weihsien Civilian...

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    One Man’s War: Michael R. Zarelli

    NAME: Michael R. Zarelli DATE ENTERED SERVICE: April 25, 1944 CAMPAIGNS: Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe DECORATIONS: Combat Infantry Badge The life of a foot soldier in combat hardly changes from one conflict to the next. The places...

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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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    WWII Letters to Readers- August 2006

    THE BEETLE IN BATTLE I particularly enjoyed Ryan Lee Price’s article “The Beetle in Battle” in your May 2006 issue. I hadn’t realized before that the Volkswagen and Kübelwagen were so closely related. Furthermore, it never...

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    WWII Book Review: After Such Knowledge

    After Such Knowledge: Memory, History and the Legacy of the Holocaust by Eva Hoffman;  Public Affairs, New York, 2004, hardcover $25, paperback $14. Eva Hoffman, whose writing I have long admired, has produced here another...

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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...

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    WWII Today- September 2006

    AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU ESCAPEE DEAD AT 82 On the morning of April 7, 1944, SS guards gathered their haggard group of workmen together, performed the perfunctory roll call and then marched the men outside Birkenau’s main gate, where the...

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    Neither Loved nor Hated: Field Marshal Pietro Badoglio

    Just as Benito Mussolini and his Fascists were on the brink of taking power in 1922, General Pietro Badoglio offered to eliminate the threat they posed to Italy with five minutes of machine gun fire. It was an unusual way to begin a career...