July 2005

Volume 4, No. 4

Cover: General James Gavin (1907-1990), commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, photographed in Western Europe, 1944.

A pall of black smoke hangs over the shore installations at Rabaul as a B-25 medium bomber streaks above a Japanese merchant ship riding at anchor.

July 2005

WWII History

The Bombing of Rabaul in November 1943

By Sam McGowan

In some historical circles, a mistaken impression has developed that the U.S. Navy’s Task Force 38 launched the aerial offensive on the Japanese stronghold at Rabaul, New Britain, that ultimately rendered the base useless. Read more

July 2005

WWII History, Dispatches

North Africa

Dear Editors,

During a recent visit to Tunisia, I saw this Wehrmacht fuel barrel dated 1942, stuck in the sand near Mareth. Read more

July 2005

WWII History, Ordnance

The USCGC Taney: Pearl Harbor and Beyond

by Paul B. Cora

Built in the mid-1930s as one of the famed Treasury class of large U.S. Coast Guard cutters, USCGC Taney had a distinguished career spanning five decades of continuous service. Read more

July 2005

WWII History, Simulation Gaming

Defiant Russia, Road to Hill 30

By Eric T. Baker

At a cost of only $20, Avalanche Press’s new board game Defiant Russia: the War Against Nazi Aggression is a terrific value and an excellent introduction to the hobby of tabletop wargaming. Read more