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Spring Military Games

By Joseph Luster

Ever since its inception, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has enjoyed a tenuous grip on history. Lovingly rendered locales and a compelling narrative device are a couple of the chief reasons behind its lasting—and at this point steadily increasing—success, but until recently Ubisoft has only taken Assassin’s Creed’s wild historical fiction so far. Read more

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America’s First Prisoners of War in the Philippines

By Al Hemingway

On the morning of April 12, 1899, a U.S. Navy cutter from the USS Yorktown with a crew of 14 sailors and one officer cautiously made its way up the Baler River in the province of Aurora in the northeastern section of Luzon Island in the Philippines. Read more

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Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

By Al Hemingway

On the cold, dark morning of January 18, 1943, the familiar sound of German Army jackboots could be heard in the Jewish sector of Nazi-occupied Poland. Read more

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The Sinister Valley

By David H. Lippman

On February 8, 1945, Lt. Gen. Sir Brian Horrocks climbed onto a platform halfway up a tree. Read more

Warface is another of many shooters that take war into the near future, doubling up on tech while sticking to real-world locations and a first-person perspective.

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New Game Releases: Warface

by Joseph Luster

Originally released as a PC exclusive in 2012, Warface’s free-to-play action is finally making its way to consoles—Xbox 360, specifically—with a debut set for 2014. Read more

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The British Liner Queen Mary

By Chuck Lyons

Not all those who died in World War II died in combat. There were also illness, heart attacks, cancer, friendly fire … and accidents. Read more

Tokyo night raid, May 26, 1945. The United States hoped that such massive destruction would compel the Japanese to surrender.

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Death & Destruction

The aerial photos of the aftermath were stunning. Miles and miles of destroyed homes, apartments, businesses. Fires burning out of control. Read more

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Hitler’s Pope

By Al Hemingway

History has not been kind to the Roman Catholic Church during World War II, especially Pope Pius XII, who was the spiritual leader of the church during that period. Read more

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Battle Against an Ally

By Michael D. Hull

When the armistice between France and Germany was put into force on June 25, 1940, the fate of the powerful French Navy—the fourth largest in the world—was of critical importance to the British. Read more

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Tracking Nazi Murderers

By Al Hemingway

On the bone-chilling night of March 24, 1944, shadowy figures from nowhere out of the ground. They emerged from a makeshift tunnel that led from the German prison camp Stalag Luft III located approximately 100 miles southeast of Berlin to a wooded area outside the barbed wire. Read more

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Marine Air In The Philippines

By Eric Hammel

Backstory: In the first installment, after heroically performing close air support missions for their Marine infantry brethren during several island invasions in 1944, U.S. Read more

Lieutenant WIlliam Wilson chats with a medic. Note the jeep windshield frame that says it belongs to the Army Pictorial Service.

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The Magnificent Jeep

Rifle Company Casualties

Dear Sir,

As a World War II veteran of C Company, 134th Infantry, 35th Division, I certainly enjoyed Don Haines’s article on the Bedford Boys in the May 2012 issue of WWII History. Read more

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Treasury Spy for Stalin

By Al Hemingway

Harry Dexter White was an unassuming man. His metal-framed glasses, child-like appearance, and mild demeanor endeared him to people. Read more

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Panzer Corps: Afrika Korps

By Joseph Luster

Let’s take a break from our usual World War II game scenarios and head to the desert for some expanded skirmishes in Panzer Corps: Afrika Korps. Read more

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Father of Tuskegee Airmen

By Al Hemingway

On the hot, humid afternoon of May 22, 1934, a one-seater Buhl “Pup” aircraft slowly descended from the skies over a large field near the all-black Tuskegee Institute in eastern Alabama. Read more