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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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War at Sea

By Christopher Miskimon

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

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Western Airlift to Poland

By Christopher Miskimon

It was two hours before noon on September 18, 1944, when Polish freedom fighters inside Warsaw received word an airdrop was coming. Read more

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The USMC in World War II

By Christopher Miskimon

The Germans advanced against the U.S. Marines in Belleau Wood at 2 pm on June 4, 1918. Among the first Marines to see the coming assault were several snipers hidden atop a haystack at the Les Mares Farm. Read more

A Marine on Guadalcanal waits for “chow call” while manning a trench near the front lines.

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Operation Shoestring

By Christopher Miskimon

The night of October 26, 1942, was a hellish time for the soldiers and Marines on Guadalcanal, and it was about to get worse. Read more

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Inside Washington’s Battle Tactics

By Christopher Miskimon

The fate of the American Revolution seemed bleak indeed in December 1776. New Jersey was on the verge of collapse with many of its residents swearing new oaths of loyalty to Great Britain. Read more

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Dealers of Death

By Christopher Miskimon

Lyudmila Pavlichenko had not moved for more than 24 hours. She was a small, stout 25-year-old woman able to crawl on her belly for hours at a time. Read more

Churchill joined in the charge of the 21st Lancers at the Battle of Omdurman in 1898.

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Young Churchill in Battle

By Christopher Miskimon

Young Winston Churchill expected to enter battle on September 1, 1898, but instead he watched as British gunboats bombarded Dervish forts. Read more

A British soldier awaiting evacuation on the beach at Dunkirk points looks for low-flying German aircraft harassing the trapped soldiers of the BEF.

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Morale-Boosting Miracle

By Christopher Miskimon

Royal Engineer Robert Halliday was hungry. He had searched the town of Dunkirk, France, for food only to find nothing. Read more