June 2019

Volume 18, No. 4

Cover: American troops on board landing craft headed to North African
beaches near Oran, Algeria, November 8, 1942.
Photo: National Archive

June 2019

WWII History

Remembering D-Day

By Michael E. Haskew

Few events in human history have been so fraught with drama as the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Read more

D-Day capture of Les Moulins

June 2019

WWII History

D-Day Capture of Les Moulins Draw

By Kevin M. Hymel

 Twelve Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVPs) carrying Captain William Callahan’s F Company and Captain Eccles Scott’s G Company—some 400 men—slapped the English Channel’s rough waves as they approached Omaha Beach’s Les Moulins Draw. Read more

WWII skip bombing

June 2019

WWII History

WWII Pioneers of Skip Bombing

By Gene Eric Salecker

By September 1942, after numerous aerial strikes against the advancing Imperial Japanese Navy, the Battle of the Coral Sea in May, and numerous attacks against enemy convoys along the New Guinea coast in the summer of that year, Maj. Read more

captured at the Battle of the Bulge

June 2019

WWII History

Captured at the Bulge

By Kevin M. Hymel

Private Leon Goldberg pulled the trigger on his heavy, water-cooled M-1917 Browning machine gun and fired bursts of .30-caliber rounds into the attacking German infantry. Read more

Operation Torch North Africa

June 2019

WWII History

Operation Torch: Invasion of North Africa

By Michael D. Hull

 Coming after a series of bitter defeats from France to Norway to Crete, news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II was one of the early high points of Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s leadership years. Read more

June 2019

WWII History, Top Secret

Mussolini’s Fall from Power

By Blaine Taylor

At 10:30 on the night of May 9, 1936, as 400,000 people stood crowded together on Rome’s Palazzo Venezia underneath the most famous balcony in the world, Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini, 52, the leader of the country’s ruling Fascist Party, strode forward and began to speak to the silent masses below him. Read more

June 2019

WWII History, Books

The American Heavy Tank

By Christopher Miskimon

A black Opel automobile raced through the streets of Cologne, Germany, on March 6, 1945. The driver, 40-year-old Michael Delling, was making a run for it. Read more

June 2019

WWII History, Simulation Gaming

Hearts of Iron Expands Its Naval Capabilities

by Joseph Luster

If you’ve played through Hearts of Iron IV at this point, you’ve likely gotten a feel for the ups and downs of the naval aspect of Paradox Interactive’s latest World War II-based grand strategy game. Read more