Book Reviews

Book Reviews

At the Costly Anzio Beachhead

By Christopher Miskimon

The morning of February 16, 1944, dawned foggy over the Via Anziate near Anzio, Italy. The 45th Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment had advanced overnight to take positions on the west side of the roadway, assuming its place on the front lines. Read more

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Daring PT Boat Rescue

By Christopher Miskimon

On February 22, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered general Douglas MacArthur, commanding American and Filipino forces resisting the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, to leave the islands for the relative safety of Australia. Read more

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Remembering the Winter War

By Christopher Miskimon

“You can run, but you will only die tired!” Lt. Col. Aaro Pajari gave his battalion this dire warning on December 8, 1939, as the invasion of his homeland raged. Read more

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Navy Pilots at Cactus

By Christopher Miskimon

The late afternoon sun still shone brightly overhead as four destroyers raced eastward toward the island of Guadalcanal. Read more

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One Family’s Ordeal

By Christopher Miskimon

It was early in the morning of June 14, 1940, when the Third Reich arrived in Paris. The defeat of France was nearly complete, with French and British forces in retreat. Read more

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Japan’s Vast War

By Christopher Miskimon

On April 12, 1942, thunder sounded across the waters surrounding the island of Corregidor. It was not a natural storm, however, but a conflagration of steel. Read more

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War at Sea

Gunther Prien grew up at sea, joining the merchant service as a cabin boy at 15. In October 1939, with World War II just a month old, the 31-year-old Prien stood in the conning tower of U-47, a German U-boat plying the North Sea toward the United Kingdom. Read more

Officers and men of the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion deployed near El Guettar in 1943. An M3 Tank Destroyer is visible in the background.

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In the Desert and Beyond

By Christopher Miskimon

It was nearly dawn on the morning of March 23, 1943, when a motorcycle and sidecar bearing two soldiers of the 10th Panzer Division blundered into the American lines in front of the town of El Guettar in Tunisia. Read more