January 2004

Volume 3, No. 1

Cover: Legionnaires of the 1st Free French Brigade move across the desert near Bir Hacheim to face Rommel’s Afrika Corps. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

January 2004

WWII History, Ordnance

Rivals of the River Plate

By David H. Lippman

The four ships that raced into battle on December 13, 1939, off the mouth of the River Plate were, as historian and novelist Len Deighton tartly observed, “three different answers to the question that had plagued the world’s navies for half a century: what should a cruiser be?” Read more

January 2004

WWII History, Dispatches

USS Houston

Dear WWII History:

My compliments on your fine article by John Wukovits in the November 2003 issue, “Heroic Fight Against Long Odds,” describing the last battle of the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth and the American heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA 30). Read more

January 2004

WWII History, Top Secret

Operation Jericho

by Joseph M. Horodyski

On the bitterly cold, windswept morning of February 18, 1944, the crews of 19 De Havilland Mosquito Mk.VI Read more

January 2004

WWII History, Ordnance

The B-26 Marauder

By Sam McGowan

Of all the better-known Allied aircraft of World War II, the most controversial was Martin’s B-26 Marauder, a twin-engine cigar-shaped medium bomber that was loved by some and hated by many. Read more

Before finishing it off, famed Japanese ace Saburo Sakai surveys the B-17 bomber flown by young Lieutenant Colin Kelly. Flying the nimble Zero fighter, Sakai is credited with 64 aerial victories.

January 2004

WWII History, Insight

Bomber Pilot Colin Kelly

By Wil Deac

The days following Pearl Harbor were grim ones for the United States. Headlines screamed of one Japanese victory after another. Read more

January 2004

WWII History, Books

Ivan R. Dee’s ‘Forged in War’

By Michael D. Hull

They were two unlikely looking warriors, yet their fateful friendship and shared leadership ensured the Allied victory in World War II and laid the groundwork for peace. Read more