July 2006

Volume 5, No. 4

Cover: In Keith Ferris’s painting, “Fortresses Engaged,” B-17s from the 100th Bomb Group fly over Germany, while Me 109s attack. See story beginning on page 44. (Painting © Keith Ferris.)

The battered entrance to Fort Driant after its capture.

July 2006

WWII History

Patton’s Lost Battle

By Duane E. Shaffer

The road to Fort Driant began for the United States Third Army when it landed on Utah Beach at 3 pm on August 5, 1944. Read more

July 2006

WWII History, Dispatches

Coast Guard Cutter Taney

Dear Editor,

I read with much interest the article concerning the US Coast Guard Cutter, Taney and its action during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941 (July 2005 WWII History), but, I have never seen an article written about the attack on Honolulu Harbor at that time. Read more

A young French woman carries a captured German weapon and moves with a comrade alongside a building in Paris.

July 2006

WWII History, Profiles

Important Women in World War 2: Virginia Hall

By Michael D. Hull

Slender, five feet, seven inches tall, and with a warm smile that belied toughness and leadership ability, Virginia “Dindy” Hall of Baltimore had a wooden leg and a price on her head. Read more

German Alpine troops relax at a table in a small Bulgarian town. Hitler’s Eastern European allies were restive at times, requiring action on the part of the Fuhrer to keep them in line.

July 2006

WWII History, Top Secret

King Boris III of Bulgaria

By Blaine Taylor

It was the high summer of 1943 in Eastern Europe, and World War II was going decidedly against the Third Reich, which had just suffered massive twin defeats on the Russian Front at the Battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, which many historians now believe turned the tide of war irrevocably against Nazi Germany. Read more