March 2003

Volume 2, No. 2

Cover: With a Stuart light tank in the background, an Australian soldier advances during the final assault on the Japanese beachhead at Buna, New Guinea.

March 2003

WWII History

The U.S. Fifth Air Force: A Strategy to Win

By Sam McGowan

Although the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was the event that served to galvanize America to fight World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt and his military advisers had pervasively decided that defeating the Japanese would be secondary to destroying the Nazi war machine in Europe. Read more

March 2003

WWII History, Dispatches

C.R. Smith

Dear Editor:

I awaited the “Dispatches” to question why C.R. Smith’s name was not acknowledged in “Anything, Anywhere, Anytime” (July 2002) about the Air Transport Command (ATC), written by Sam McGowan. Read more

March 2003

WWII History, Books

McCarthy and Syron’s ‘Panzerkrieg’

By Michael D. Hull

When German forces rumbled across the Polish frontier in the early hours of Friday, September 1, 1939, igniting World War II, it was the speed and mobility of the armored divisions—the Panzerwaffe—that stunned the world. Read more