February 2013

Volume 12, No. 2

Cover: U.S. paratroopers prepare to jump from their C-47 during training in 1943.
Photo: ullstein bild – LEONE / The Granger Collection, New York

February 2013

WWII History

Pegasus Bridge: Operation Deadstick’s Glider Assault

By Christopher Miskimon

On a darkened airfield at 2230 hours on June 5, 1944, a reinforced company of British gliderborne infantry, D Company of the Second Battalion, Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Ox & Bucks), boarded gliders, prepared to start the invasion of France. Read more

February 2013

WWII History

The Los Baños Raid

By Gene Eric Salecker

On January 9, 1945, after almost three years, General Douglas MacArthur and the United States Army returned to the Philippine island of Luzon, landing at Lingayen Gulf on the northwest coast. Read more

February 2013

WWII History, Editorial

From Sahara’s Heart: Unearthing A Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk

By Michael Haskew

The ghosts of World War II continue to surface in remote corners of the globe.

Decades after the war in North Africa ended, another reminder of the early and uncertain days in that theater came to the attention of the media and excited historians with a snapshot of a pilot’s ordeal in the unforgiving Egyptian desert where he was forced to land a crippled fighter plane. Read more

February 2013

WWII History, Top Secret

Balkan Bedlam: Special Forces in WWII Albania

By John W. Osborn, Jr.

When British Prime Minister Winston Churchill created the Special Operations Executive (SOE) to organize guerrilla resistance against the Nazis, he famously ordered it to set Europe on fire. Read more

A Korean pressed into working as a slave laborer for the Japanese on the island of New Guinea receives medical treatment after his liberation. Thousands of Koreans were forced to construct installations and fortifications across the Pacific for their Japanese captors.

February 2013

WWII History, Insight

Korea Under the Rising Sun

By Allyn Vannoy

The first recorded encounter between American forces and Koreans in the Central Pacific during World War II came at Tarawa Atoll in November 1943. Read more

February 2013

WWII History, Books

Tracking Nazi Murderers

By Al Hemingway

On the bone-chilling night of March 24, 1944, shadowy figures from nowhere out of the ground. They emerged from a makeshift tunnel that led from the German prison camp Stalag Luft III located approximately 100 miles southeast of Berlin to a wooded area outside the barbed wire. Read more

February 2013

WWII History, Games

Game Reviews – Under Defeat HD: Deluxe Edition

By Joseph Luster

It’s not often we get to dig into the shoot ‘em up genre in these pages, and no, I’m not talking about the other type of shooter we actually do get to talk about on a regular basis; I’m talking the games lovingly referred to by fans as “shmups” for short. Read more