February 2018

Volume 17, No. 2

Cover: An unidentified paratrooper photographed during training at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1943.

Photo: The Frank S. Errigo Archive / Getty Images

A single German soldier stands guard over several American prisoners, captured in the confusion on D-Day. At least some of these prisoners were airborne, and Charlie Lefchik shared a similar journey to a prisoner of war camp.

February 2018

WWII History

Riding the German Rail

By Richard A. Beranty

The large number of Allied prisoners being funneled south to Rennes, France, following the D-Day invasion swelled the German transit camp to capacity so the decision was made to transport the men to permanent locations inside Germany. Read more

February 2018

WWII History

The Winter War’s Classic Victory

By David H. Lippman

The word itself was bland. “Motti” is Finnish for a “bundle of sticks,” but the theory was how the tiny armies of Finland would deal with the long columns of Soviet troops that had been storming down the roads and logging the trails of that nation’s sub-Arctic wilderness since the Russo-Finland War broke out on November 29, 1939. Read more

First Over Germany, a dramatic painting by artist Ray Waddey, depicts Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of the U.S. Eighth Air Force executing the first American daylight raid over Nazi Germany. The event took place on January 27, 1943, and Lieutenant Frank Yaussi served as lead bombardier for the 306th Bomb Group.

February 2018

WWII History

First Over Germany

By Lance Thompson

Among many sticky issues British Prime Minister Churchill would discuss with President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Casablanca conference in January 1943 was the fact that the U.S. Read more

February 2018

WWII History

Cultural Clash in New Caledonia

By Gene E. Salecker

In June1940, when France capitulated to Nazi Germany, the victorious Germans agreed to let the French retain control over the southern portion of their country and all their colonial possessions. Read more

February 2018

WWII History, Ordnance

Failure of Hitler’s Terror Weapons

By Adam Lynch

During any war, combating countries predictably issue reports andcreate publicity more favorable to their own side. Often the difference is subtle, but sometimes it is profound. Read more

February 2018

WWII History, Top Secret

Top Secret: The Infamous Thai Declaration

By Bob Bergin

It is a great story, and well known that in January 1942 Thailand’s ambassador to the United States refused to deliver Thailand’s declaration of war to the U.S. Read more

February 2018

WWII History, Insight

Britain’s Broomstick Army

 

By Michael Hull

As powerful, fast-moving German panzer and infantry columnsrampaged across Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and into northern France early in May 1940, the British held their breath and watched apprehensively from across the narrow English Channel. Read more

A British soldier awaiting evacuation on the beach at Dunkirk points looks for low-flying German aircraft harassing the trapped soldiers of the BEF.

February 2018

WWII History, Books

Morale-Boosting Miracle

By Christopher Miskimon

Royal Engineer Robert Halliday was hungry. He had searched the town of Dunkirk, France, for food only to find nothing. Read more

February 2018

WWII History, Simulation Gaming

Review – Wolfenstein II: the New Colossus

When last we saw the mighty Captain William J. Blazkowicz, well, he wasn’t looking quite so mighty. Sure, he managed to score a major victory in the battle against the postwar alt-history Nazi regime, but he was left more or less on death’s fickle doorstep. Read more

February 2018

WWII History, Simulation Gaming

Preview – Attentat 1942

Many of us have friends and family members who served in the military during World War II, but how intimately do we know their story? Read more