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Plevna Under Seige

By Victor Kamenir

By the late 1870s, Turkey, the so-called “Sick Man of Europe,” was in terminal decline. While Sultan Abdul Hamid sequestered himself in his palatial compound through paranoid fear of an assassination, the Ottoman Empire was tearing itself apart. Read more

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Bushmasters’ Company B

Dear Editor:

I enjoyed Blaine Taylor’s “Top Secret” column in the May 2004 issue. However, for future reference, you may want to review one minor technical error. Read more

Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombers of the U.S. Army Air Forces fly over the Market-Garden glider landing zones in Holland while on their way to bomb a distant target on September 18, 1944.

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What went wrong at Market Garden?

While the American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions were engaged in fighting near the Dutch towns of Eindhoven and Nijmegen, respectively, and the British XXX Corps struggled up the 100 miles of narrow road from the Belgian frontier toward Arnhem, Operation Market Garden very likely was already lost. Read more

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Vietnam is the setting for two action games.

By Eric T. Baker

The Battlefield franchise is famous for its on-line, multiplayer depictions of World War II combat. Battlefield Vietnam for the PC brings the action into the 20th century and provides the players with modernized weaponry and vehicles, while adding a more immersive infantry experience. Read more

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The Weight of a Sword

Dear Editor:

First, let me congratulate you on a great magazine; I love history, especially medieval history, and Military Heritage rarely fails to have much of interest. Read more

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Colonel Hans Oster

By Brooke C. Stoddard

Adolf Hitler won victory after victory in the late 1930s: the remilitarization of the Rhineland in 1936, the incorporation of Austria into the Reich in 1938, the acquisition of the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia in 1938 followed by the control over much of the remainder of Czechoslovakia six months later, and then the conquest of Poland in September 1939. Read more

As one aviator is strapped into the cockpit of his Hawker Hurricane fighter, other pilots of the Eagle Squadron dash to the aircraft as an alarm is sounded during the Battle of Britain.

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Yanks in the RAF

By David Alan Johnson

As they boarded the train for Montreal, the two Americans tried to look as inconspicuous as possible. Read more

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Pointe du Hoc: D Plus 60 Years

By Kevin M. Hymel

The gunfire has receded with the tide. One of the most valuable pieces of real estate in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, which once crawled with American GIs and German soldiers, now welcomes peaceful visitors from around the world. Read more

U.S. landing craft churn through the rough waters of the English Channel toward the coast of Normandy. The morning haze and the smoke ofå battle blow across the beaches, while some soldiers have already disembarked and wade the last few feet to shore.

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“We’ll Start the War from Here”

By Roy Morris Jr.

Peering through the predawn darkness at the slowly emerging shoreline 300 yards away, the little man with the famous name prepared once again to set foot in France as a soldier of the liberation. Read more

Residents of an English town gather around an Army band to listen to their favorite songs in Band Concert by Olin Dows. Many of the songs that were written and performed during World War II are standards today.

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World War II Music

By Sheldon Winkler

Some of the most memorable and enduring popular music of the 20th century was written during World War II. Read more

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General Andrei Vlasov

Dear Editor:

I was considering whether to renew my subscription to WWII History. I then received the January 2004 issue and noticed the article, “Free French Stand at Bir Hachiem,” by Edward L. Read more