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Roscoe C. Blunt, Jr.’s “Foot Soldier”

By Michael D. Hull

A few days after German panzers rumbled through the chill, foggy Ardennes Forest early on December 16, 1944, breaching thinly held American lines and causing widespread confusion and near panic, a number of Allied units were rushed in to plug the gaps. Read more

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Martin Blumenson’s ‘Anzio’

By Lt. Col. Harold E. Raugh, Jr., Ph.D., U.S. Army (Ret.)

The World War II campaign in Italy, fought in rugged terrain that favored the German defender, inhibited maneuver, and restricted resupply efforts, had ground to a standstill by the end of 1943. Read more

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John Blacker’s ‘Have You Forgotten Yet?’

Undeniably “war is hell,” but surely no war was more hellish for the common soldier thanWorld War I. The United States’ participation in the conflict, although of vital strategic benefit to our allies, was relatively brief, limited in scope, and overwhelmingly successful. Read more

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Alanbrooke’s ‘War Diaries 1939-1945’

By Michael D. Hull

Outside the Ministry of Defense in London is a statue of one of the most influential yet overlooked leaders of World War II—an officer considered by many to have done more than any other to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Germany. Read more

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Heinz Gunther Guderian’s ‘From Normandy to the Ruhr’

By Lieutenant Colonel Dominic J. Caraccilo

Not just another historian’s reenactment of the outcome of World War II, From Normandy to the Ruhr: With the 116th Panzer Division in Word War II is at once a well-crafted and deeply researched scholarly narration and a “multi-tiered memoir”—immaculately translated (a task often overlooked and underrated)—into a definitive history of the ubiquitously employed “Greyhound Division.” Read more

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Colonel William Blumenson’s ‘Heroes Never Die’

By Lieutenant Colonel Dominic J. Caraccilo

Acclaimed historian Martin Blumenson’s new book is Heroes Never Die: Warriors and Warfare in World War II, 50 articles and essays on WW II spanning the likes of Anzio, successful but often overlooked corps commanders,George Patton, generalship, and notably, the first Ranger commander, Colonel William O. Read more

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John S.D. Eisenhower’s ‘Yanks’

By Lt. Col. Dominic J. Caraccilo

The Free Press continues to provide top-quality and original military history with Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I (by John S.D. Read more

The carnage of the battle for Iwo Jima is evident in this photograph showing two American soldiers making their way past some of the fatalities. (National Archives)

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Hell in the Pacific

By Mason B. Webb

Ask anyone today to name the three toughest, most important battles of World War II and chances are good that the name “Iwo Jima” will be at, or somewhere near, the top of the list. Read more