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Hand-to-Hand on Saipan
In the fight to take the high ground,
willpower mattered as much as firepower
By James Campbell

Death of an Army
Russia’s 2nd Shock Army suffered two
fatal blows—one dealt by the Germans
and one by a traitorous commander
By Anna Reid

Nazis Next Door

The army housed 378,898 German POWs
on American soil during the war
By Ronald H. Bailey

The Bear Who Went to War
A cub adopted in the Middle East
became a Polish transport company’s
ever-present sidekick and comrade

Pirates of the Aegean
A tiny special-force unit waged an obscure but
merciless campaign in the Mediterranean
By Gavin Mortimer

weapons manual
Independence-class Light Carrier
Hard-charging hybrids
By Jim Laurier



World War II Today
Madeleine Albright’s Reading List

How a bicyclist brought Italy together
By Gene Santoro

War Letters

A USO sketch artist offers insight
into wounded soldiers’ psyches
By Andrew Carroll

Their Darkest Hour
Confessions of a Lithuanian
who shot Jews for the Nazis
By Laurence Rees

Time Travel
Khalkhin Gol
By Stuart D. Goldman

Double Cross
Rape of Nanking, second edition
Play Sniper Elite

What If…
…Hitler had not come to power?
By Mark Grimsley

Aspirin on parade