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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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    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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    South Africa’s ‘Stapme’ Stapleton

    Like so many others in Britain’s far-flung empire, at the tender age of 15, Basil Gerald Stapleton was sent from his home to attend school in England. As he sailed away from South Africa’s sunny shores, he expected to come back to 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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    The Royal Navy’s Revenge

    In the final days of World War II, the Royal Navy achieved a victory over the Imperial Japanese Navy that restored some measure of the prestige that it had lost early in the war. Driven from the waters of Southeast Asia by a resolute...

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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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    Typhoon Strikes

    Rather than escorting the mighty bomber formations that were pummeling the Third Reich in the last year of the war, Canadian Harry Hardy flew nearly 100 ground-attack missions on a combat tour that took him from Falaise to the Rhine....

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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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    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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    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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    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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    WWII Book Review: Inside Hitler’s Bunker

    Inside Hitler’s Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich by Joachim Fest, translated by Margot Bettauer Dembo; Picador, New York, 2005, $13. In their regular air attacks on Berlin after 1943, British and American air forces dropped...