January 2003

Volume 2, No. 1

Cover: WWII Ace Richard Ira Bong inspects the side of
his P-38, “Marge,” which shows his 40 victories against
enemy pilots. His record holds to this day.

German parachutists ride aboard a massive Tiger II tank, one of hundreds used during the Battle of the Bulge.

January 2003

WWII History

Desperate Jump in the Ardennes

By Rob Krott

In 1944, Germany’s once victorious armies were in retreat on all fronts. Germany’s borders were threatened, and the American Army already occupied the German city of Aachen, the ancient city of Charlemagne and one-time capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Read more

January 2003

WWII History

Ernest Hemingway’s War

By Roy Morris, Jr.

When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, the nation’s most famous writer, a man who had built his reputation on gritty and intense novels about wars, soldiers, and “grace under pressure,” was nowhere to be seen—at least not on the home front. Read more

January 2003

WWII History, Dispatches

1st Division on D-day

Dear Sirs:

I have enjoyed your new magazine for its subject matter, layout, and graphics. Your challenge is to present articles on subject matter that has been covered for many years by world-class writers such as Cornelius Ryan, Carlo d’Este, and lately Adrian Lewis about D-day. Read more

A twin-boomed P-38 Lightning flies over snow-capped mountain peaks. With its tremendous range and firepower, the P-38 saw service in every major theater of World War II.

January 2003

WWII History, Ordnance

What Made the Lockheed P-38 Lightning So Special?

By Sam McGowan

Due largely to their use in the postwar U.S. Army Air Forces and present proliferation among the air show community, the North American P-51 Mustang is thought of by many as the most important American fighter of World War II. Read more

Carlson’s Marine Raiders participate in rigorous training with rubber boats along a Hawaiian beach. A month later, the Raiders were in action on the Japaese-held island of Makin.

January 2003

WWII History, Profiles

Evans Carlson Forms Carlson’s Raiders

By Michael D. Hull

One of America’s earliest heroes in World War II was the tall, soft-spoken son of a Connecticut Congregational minister who distinguished himself in some of the fiercest fighting in the South Pacific. Read more

Rioting broke out in the streets of Belgrade when the announcement was made that Yugoslavia had joined the Axis on March 25, 1941.

January 2003

WWII History, Top Secret

Prince Paul Karađorđević of Yugoslavia

By Blaine Taylor

On June 2, 1939, the last great prewar military parade of the Third Reich came rolling past the reviewing stand under Nazi eagles with swastikas in their taloned grip in front of the Berlin Technical High School. Read more

January 2003

WWII History, Books

Edwin P. Hoyt’s ‘The U-Boat Wars’

By Michael D. Hull

When Chancellor Adolf Hitler started rearming Germany in 1934, his submarine force commander, Admiral Karl Doenitz, asked for men and materiel to create a fleet of 300 U-boats. Read more