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The WWII History October 2018 issue


The WWII History October 2018 issue

The Band of Brothers and German snipers are featured in the latest issue of WWII History magazine.

It was June 12, 1944 and Lt. Dick Winters was having serious trouble with his paratroopers in Easy Company. Tasked with attacking Carentan, along with other 101stAirborne Division units, only a handful of his men had followed Lt. Welsh of 1stPlatoon when the order came to move out. As a German machine gunner fired on Welsh’s men, the rest of the men in Easy Company dove for the ditches that lined either side of the road into town.

Winters jumped into the middle of the road shouting, “Move out! Move out!” None of his men moved, and some even tried to burrow deeper into the ditch. Tossing off his gear, Winters ran to the ditch on the left side of the road, shouting, “Get going!” and kicked some of the men while yelling expletives. Winters crossed the road back and forth, cajoling his men as enemy bullets kicked up dust nearby.

Up ahead, Welsh and his handful of men dueled with the German machine gunner as they wondered what happened to the rest of Easy Company. It was a desperate moment for Lt. Winters.

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Control of the French village of Carentan was strategically vital to Allied success in Normandy, and the Germans who occupied it were not going to give it up without a fight.  In the immediate aftermath of D-Day, the 101stAirborne Division was assigned the task of wresting Carentan from the grip of the enemy, and the ensuing battle was costly for both sides.  In the October issue of WWII History, author Kevin Hymel tells the story of the legendary Band of Brothers at Carentan.  The soldiers of Easy Company, 506thParachute Infantry Regiment, 101stAirborne Division, added a courageous chapter to their combat history, begun just days earlier with their legendary baptism of fire during their D-Day jump into Nazi-occupied Normandy on June 6, 1944.  This riveting tale of heroism will keep you turning the pages, and the rest of this issue is packed with more stories of the greatest conflict in world history.

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Elsewhere in the October issue, Phil Zimmer tells the story of two German snipers on the Eastern Front.  Their day-to-day ordeal in combat makes for a gripping tale, and these life and death struggles became intensely personal – one sniper, one target, one sudden and violent death.  The combat experience of the sniper is unique, and Zimmer recounts vignettes with exciting detail and little-known facts about these solitary hunters who sometimes became the hunted and paid for their daring with their own lives.  A lone sniper was sometimes capable of striking fear into the most stalwart combat veteran or bringing an entire column of Red Army troops to a standstill, seeking shelter in an open field as a single shot from an unseen location rang out.

Other articles you’ll read in this issue include the epic story of the Stalingrad battle on the Volga River and the Soviet victory that became a turning point in the war against Nazi Germany; the saga of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s luckless cruiser, the Mogami, recounted by longtime contributor David Lippman; and a photo-essay vividly showing the toll taken on German panzers during the heroic stand of the American 30thInfantry Division against a German SS Panzer division’s counterattack near the village of Mortain during the 1944 Normandy campaign. Well-known author Eric Niderost brings the story of American Marines caught up in the post-World War II Chinese Civil War, a revealing account of a obscure period in Marine Corps history.

Read on about the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber and one of its most effective attributes, a computerized fire control system that made its array of defensive machine guns deadly accurate against attacking enemy fighter planes in the skies above Japan.  Enjoy the accounts of pioneer paratrooper William Yarborough’s military service, the rational behind the disastrous 1942 Dieppe raid that taught the Allies bitter lessons for the D-Day invasion two years later, and the top secret mission of General Mark Clark that helped ensure the success of Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa.

As always, you’ll find the October 2018 issue of WWII History a thrilling, in-depth look at the conflict.  Look for it at bookstores and newsstands, or subscribe here today!

Michael E. Haskew, Editor

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