January 2012

Volume 11, No. 2

Cover: A German paratrooper photographed during Operation Mercury, the invasion of Crete, May 20, 1941.
Photo: Signal Magazine

German invasion of Crete 1941

January 2012

WWII History

ANZACs at Maleme

By David H. Lippman

“Maleme. 20th May, 1941. Usual Mediterranean summer day. Cloudless sky, no wind, extreme visibility; e.g., details on mountains 20 miles to the southeast easily discernible.” Read more

January 2012

WWII History

Saving Operation Grandslam

By Allyn Vannoy

On January 23-24, 1945, Allied forces initiated Operation Grandslam against the Colmar Pocket, a German salient that bulged west from the Rhine, south of Strasbourg, France. Read more

January 2012

WWII History, Dispatches

Underground Guerrillas

Dear Editor,

I have enclosed three photos that show without any doubt that the photo used in the “Tito’s War” article is a fake. Read more

January 2012

WWII History, Ordnance

The Concrete Fleet of WWII

By Brandt Heatherington

It is a fact that war has sparked some amazing innovations. It has at the same time spawned incredible desperation. Read more

January 2012

WWII History, Insight

Joe Rosenthal: Flag-Raising Photographer

By Gene Beley

The “Raising of the Flag” photo taken by 33-year-old Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal on the fifth day of the Iwo Jima battle provided the world with a much-needed uplifting symbol in February 1945. Read more

January 2012

WWII History, Books

Tactics of the War in the Pacific

By Al Hemingway

Many Americans view the conflict in the Pacific during World War II as primarily a series of land battles, mainly fought in a jungle environment between the American and Japanese armies. Read more

January 2012

WWII History, Simulation Gaming

Naval War: Arctic Circle

By Joseph Luster

Offering a bit of a change of pace, and location, from our typically WWII-only take on upcoming games is Paradox Interactive’s Naval War: Arctic Circle, developed by Turbo Tape Games. Read more