December 2009

Volume 8, No. 7

Cover: A German soldier is ready for close combat on the Eastern Front, 1943. Photo courtesy of ullstein bild/The Granger Collection, New York.

December 2009

WWII History

Portugal during WW2: Covering the Azores Gap

By Norman Herz

The year 1944 dawned with America already at war for over two years. In an event not marked by history books, the 96th Navy Construction Battalion, Seabees, crossed the Atlantic from Davisville, Rhode Island, on the Abraham Lincoln, a converted banana boat escorted by two destroyers, the USS Ellis and USS Biddle. Read more

December 2009

WWII History

Lt. Col. Joachim Peiper’s Grisly Death After the Battle of the Bulge

By Major General Michael Reynolds

One of the foremost German characters in the Battle of the Bulge was Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) Joachim Peiper, the notorious Waffen-SS commander of the strongest armored Kampfgruppe (KG) of the 1st SS Panzer Division, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH). Read more

December 2009

WWII History, Insight

Benito Mussolini & The Fascist March on Rome

By Blaine Taylor

On March 23, 1919, but four months after the armistice that ended the Great War—100 young toughs, ex-Italian Army war veterans, former socialist politicians, and newspapermen met in Milan’s Piazza San Sepolchro in industrial northern Italy to form a new political party. Read more

December 2009

WWII History, Books

Rescuing Nazi Plunder

By Mason B. Webb

Besides being a destroyer of lives and cities, war also destroys precious works of art and the ancient monuments of civilization. Read more

December 2009

WWII History, Games

Hearts of Iron III

By Eric T. Baker

When you sit down to start a game of Hearts of Iron III for the PC from Paradox Interactive, you can choose any year from 1936 to 1948 and play one of 150 different countries. Read more