August 2010

Volume 9, No. 5

Cover: A Canadian soldier prepares to lob a hand grenade into a building, December 31, 1943. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

August 2010

WWII History

Delaying Action at Enchenberg

By Allyn Vannoy

The 44th Infantry Division, part of the U.S. Seventh Army’s XV Corps, was pushing elements of the battered German 25th Panzergrenadier Division back toward the German frontier in the Vosges Mountains during early December 1944. Read more

Troops of B Company of the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles stand proudly with a Japanese flag they have captured in battle at Mubo on July 21, 1942.

August 2010

WWII History

Jungle Warriors Against All Odds

By Glenn Barnett

The first Allied victory of World War I occurred when Australian volunteers occupied the German colony of northeastern New Guinea and the adjoining Admiralty Islands. Read more

August 2010

WWII History

The Twilight of the Gods

By Major General Michael Reynolds

By the end of April 1945, two of the most feared divisions of the Waffen-SS, the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler and the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, had both been reduced in strength to little more than reinforced regiments. Read more

August 2010

WWII History

Hollywood Goes Pacific

By John Wukovits

“They’re machine gunning! They’re strafing the hospital! The beasts! The slimy beasts!”

“Pearl Harbor! Most of us didn’t know what it was, let alone where it was.” Read more

With smoke rising and the barrel of their Bofors gun hot from rapid discharging, the weapon’s crew fires over open sights during support for British and Canadian troops in Operation Veritable. This photo was taken in the Netherlands at Nuttderden on the road to Kleve, as British and Canadian troops moved forward.

August 2010

WWII History

Devils in the Forest

By William E. Welsh

The German paratroopers marched the captured Canadian officer through the dark forest to the damp underground bunker that served as their platoon headquarters. Read more

August 2010

WWII History, Dispatches

Joy Ride on a C-47!

Dear Editor:

I want offer a few words of thanks to Sam McGowan for his story and contribution to WWII History. Read more

Japanese Type 94 tankettes speed through a village in China. The Japanese military operated in China for nearly 15 years beginning in 1931.

August 2010

WWII History, Ordnance

Tanks of the Rising Sun

By Arnold Blumberg

Imperial Japan’s first hesitant steps toward adoption of armored fighting vehicles occurred in 1925 with the creation of two company-strength tank units. Read more

Pictured with several aides, Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop was often maligned by other top Nazis. However, history reveals that he did not often receive the credit he was due.

August 2010

WWII History, Profiles

Hitler’s Second Bismarck

By Blaine Taylor

Despite being ridiculed as a vain, pompous, and glory-seeking imbecile in a spate of biographies, diaries, letters, trial transcripts, and memoirs by leaders, field marshals, generals, and diplomats from both the Allies and his own Axis partners during and after the war, Joachim von Ribbentrop nevertheless was one of the premier foreign affairs practitioners of the Nazi epoch. Read more

A German submarine rolls on a heavy sea during a mission in the Atlantic. Painting by Olaf Rahardt, 2000.

August 2010

WWII History, Top Secret

Cloak and Dagger Mounties

By John Mancini

In the early morning of Monday, November 9, 1942, the german U-boat U-518 surfaced off the bleak Quebec coast. Read more

General Joseph W. Stilwell, commanding the U.S. Tenth Army, broadcasts from a radio station on Okinawa. As a staff officer at the Pentagon, L. VanLoan Naisawald often read Stilwell’s colorful dispatches.

August 2010

WWII History, Insight

A War Department Staff Officer Remembers

By L. VanLoan Naisawald

In the fall of 1943, I found myself a “limited service” duty officer assigned to the Operations Division, War Department General Staff in Washington, D.C. Read more

August 2010

WWII History, Books

Hero of the Marine Corps

By Al Hemingway

No one looks like a hero. But when certain men are placed in impossible situations, they rise to the occasion and perform spectacular deeds that defy imagination. Read more

August 2010

WWII History, Simulation Gaming

The Triumphs And Trenches Of Medal Of Honor

By Joseph Luster

Heavy is the burden on the first horse out of the gate. There’s the pressure of setting the pace; establishing the flow for those approaching from the rear. Read more