July 2009

Volume 8, No. 4

Cover: An officer peers through the periscope in the control room of a U.S. submarine, 1942. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.

July 2009

WWII History

The Costly Kyushu Invasion of Operation Olympic?

By Sam McGowan

During the more than half a century since the end of World War II, there has been much speculation about what would have happened if President Harry Truman had not dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the invasion of Japan had actually taken place. Read more

July 2009

WWII History

Ribbentrop at Prokhorovka

By George M. Nipe, Jr.

On the morning of July 12, 1943, a climactic engagement of the Battle of Kursk was about to take place. Read more

In this painting by war artist Jack Fellows, Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter pilot Henry T. “Hammerin’ Hank” Elrod scans the skies above Wake Island for Japanese aircraft on the morning of December 12, 1941. The defenders of Wake Island were among the first American heroes of World War II.

July 2009

WWII History

Flying Leathernecks

By Robert F. Dorr and Fred L. Borch

In this painting by war artist Jack Fellows, Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter pilot Henry T. Read more

July 2009

WWII History, Editorial

The Muddled History of Philippe Pétain

By Michael E. Haskew

He was, in the truest sense, a national hero. Philippe Pétain, Marshal of France, the hero of Verdun, is, however, best remembered in the modern world as a traitor, a collaborationist who sacrificed the honor of France to make a deal with Hitler and the Nazis. Read more

A U.S. Army soldier and a Chinese soldier put flags on the first convoy from China to India on the Stilwell Road.

July 2009

WWII History, Dispatches

“How Dare WE!”

Dear Editor:

I was offended and angered as I read the rhetoric of Kevin M. Hymel’s article entitled “They Also Served” in the May 2009 issue. Read more

July 2009

WWII History, Books

Ordeal of the USS Bunker Hill

By Mason B. Webb

At exactly 9:58 am, on May 11, 1945, a Japanese kamikaze pilot named Kiyoshi Ogawa radioed his base 350 miles away that he had spotted the American fleet lying off the coast of Okinawa. Read more