As his comrades root out enemy combatants from a house in Bologna, a U.S. soldier provides cover.

March 2005

Volume 4, No. 2

Cover: A camouflaged Japanese soldier photographed during combat in Burma, 1944. Photo ©Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis.

Despite its tragic end, the USS Tang officially sank 31 vessels for a combined total of 227,800 tons.

March 2005

WWII History

Famous Navy Ships: The USS Tang

By Flint Whitlock

During World War II, the United States employed 288 submarines, the vast majority of which raided Japanese shipping in the Pacific, thus preventing the enemy’s vital supplies and reinforcements from reaching the far-flung island battlefields. Read more

On the coast of Italy, military personnel take time out from their duties at the beach. The water adapted observation plane may have been used for water skiing.

March 2005

WWII History

Uniformed for R&R

Photo Essay by Kevin M. Hymel

For the lucky few that got the opportunity, putting on a bathing suit and hitting the waves or pools was a welcome escape from the war. Read more

Half-track-mounted antiaircraft guns stand guard on a partially demolished bridge downstream on March 17. The Ludendorff Bridge, visible in the distance, collapsed that day after being weakened by aerial assaults, artillery barrages, and V-2 rocket attacks.

March 2005

WWII History, Editorial

Crossing the Rhine at Remagen

by Michael Haskew

Nine months after they splashed ashore on the beaches of Normandy, Allied troops stood along the west bank of the great Rhine River, the last natural barrier between them and the expanse of the Third Reich. Read more

March 2005

WWII History, Dispatches

Patton’s Best Friend

Dear Editors,

I have received my November 2004 issue and read it. I shared it with a neighbor and he has also ordered a subscription after seeing it. Read more

March 2005

WWII History, Ordnance

Famous Navy Ships: The HMS Electra

By Glenn Barnett

War clouds gathered rapidly once Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Allied demands that Hitler withdraw his armies went unheeded. Read more

March 2005

WWII History, Top Secret

WWII Nazi Spies: ‘Cicero’

by Kelly Bell

On the evening of October 29, 1943, a middle-aged man, innocuous in appearance but for his deep-set, penetrating eyes, appeared at the German embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara. Read more

Cronkite and General Eisenhower tour German bunkers in Normandy after the war.

March 2005

WWII History, Profiles

Walter Cronkite: The War As He Saw It

by Eric Niderost

Walter Cronkite is the acknowledged dean of American journalists, an icon whose distinguished career spanned 60 years. Cronkite is best known as the anchorman and managing editor of The CBS Evening News, a position he occupied from 1962 to 1981. Read more

March 2005

WWII History, Books

The 761st Tank Battalion

By Lt. Col. Harold E. Raugh, Jr., Ph.d., U.S. Army (Ret.)

As a boy growing up in New York City in the 1950s, basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) idolized his father’s co-worker, Leonard “Smitty” Smith, and considered him a surrogate father. Read more