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    Bringing Auschwitz Inmates’ Music Back to Life

    Prisoners played joyous arrangements in harrowing circumstances....

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    WWII Book Review: U.S. Intelligence and the Nazis

    U.S. Intelligence and the Nazis by Richard Breitman, Norman J.W. Goda, Timothy Naftali and Robert Wolfe;  Cambridge University Press, New York, 2005, $24.99 (softcover). In 1998 Congress enacted and President Bill Clinton signed the...

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    WWII Book Review: Hell Is Upon Us

    Hell Is Upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific—June-August 1944 by Victor Brooks, Da Capo Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2005, $27.50. Operation Forager, the seizure of the Marianas Islands by U.S. forces in 1944, was significant in the Allies’ drive...

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    WWII Book Review: The Blitzkrieg Legend

    The Blitzkrieg Legend: The 1940 Campaign in the West by Karl-Heinz Frieser, with John T. Greenwood; Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Md., 2005, $47.50. Case Yellow, the victorious German campaign in Western Europe in 1940, continues to...

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    The Salamander: Bernard Freyberg

    To Winston Churchill, he was “the Salamander of the British Empire,” like the mythical creature that could pass through fire unharmed. To a subordinate, Major General Sir Howard Kippenberger, he was “simple as a child and cunning as...

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    New Zealand’s Unknown Warriors

    When Lord Louis Mountbatten was named supreme Allied commander of the South East Asia Command (SEAC) in 1943, among his first decisions was to address the soldiers of the British Fourteenth Army in Burma, who felt so neglected they had...

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    Sailing into the Unknown

    Choosing the uncertainty of an epic journey across 2,000 miles of enemy-controlled ocean rather than the ignominy of surrender, Lt. Cmdr. Jack Morrill and the crew of USS Quail escaped from the Philippines in a fragile 36-foot motor...

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    In the Eye of the Tempest

    After narrowly surviving the Axis invasion of the Balkans in April 1941, New Zealander Haddon Donald and his men were evacuated to Crete. They soon found themselves at the dawn of a new era in warfare. The Germans had two goals when they...

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    If You Die, You Die

    Werner Kurkowski already knew the war was lost when he was dropped into the maelstrom of Monte Cassino. Nevertheless, the young German paratrooper fought on with grim determination in a battle of attrition that ground his unit into dust....

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    Blood for Dignity

    In March 1945, black volunteers forced the first breach in the U.S. Army’s color barrier. The American soldiers hemmed in on the east bank of the Rhine River were desperately protecting their tenuous Remagen bridgehead, resisting...

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    Admiral Leahy: U.S. Ambassador to Vichy

    When Admiral William Daniel Leahy retired as U.S. chief of naval operations in August 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt awarded him the Distinguished Service Medal. “Bill,” the president said as he pinned the medal on the...

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    WWII Today- November 2006

    Bringing World War II Into The Classroom On July 25, 2006, the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum screened the first in a series of educational films dealing with World War II: On Freedom’s Wings: Bound for Glory—The Legacy of the Tuskegee...

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    WWII Book Reviews: The Best of 2006

    As any buff knows, the term “World War II” is something of a misnomer. In fact, the conflict consisted of several great wars taking place at the same time, culminating by 1945 in one horrific symphony of destruction. It is customary...

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    A Dubious Distinction at Kassel

    Flying their B-24 Liberators in the flak-filled skies over Europe late in World War II, the men of the 445th Bombardment Group knew they were renowned among the Eighth Air Force for two primary reasons—one, their ranks included Hollywood...

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    Reinhard Heydrich: A Devil With Many Faces

    On June 22, 1941, the first day of the German invasion of Russia, the Luftwaffe took advantage of beautiful weather to attack targets deep in enemy territory. Playing a big part in the initial onslaught were Messerschmitt Me-109E fighters...

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    Crossing the Rubicon

    The thousands of young men who flew in the terror-filled skies over Nazi-occupied Europe laid the foundation for American air power well into the 21st century, all while confronting some of the most timeless questions in the history of...