March 2011

Volume 10, No. 3

Cover: Lieutenant Alex Vraciu, a pilot of the USS Lexington’s VF-16 squadron, celebrates six air-to-air victories during a single day of combat in the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. Photo: National Archives

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Alex Vraciu, who shot down six Japanese aircraft in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, takes off in his F6F Hellcat from the deck of the USS Lexington in a painting by Nicolas Trudgian. By 1944 the Japanese carrier fleet had only half the number of aircraft of the United States, making it highly unlikely they would reverse the tide of the War in the Pacific.

March 2011

WWII History

The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot

By David H. Lippman

Another invasion also began on June 6, 1944. By virtue of the International Date Line, the two invasions sailed on different days, but both sortied within the same 24-hour period. Read more

March 2011

WWII History, Editorial

Bodies of Japanese Casualties Discovered on Iwo Jima.

While most images of a tourist trip to Hawaii have to do with beautiful beaches, hula skirts, and great surfing, a student of history must make it a point to visit two sites, Pearl Harbor and the Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, commonly referred to as the Punchbowl because of its distinctive location within the crater of a extinct volcano in sight of modern downtown Honolulu. Read more

A pair of Sherman tanks trains its heavy guns on sniper positions at Aschaffenberg. German snipers were capable of holding up large formations of American troops unable to leave cover.

March 2011

WWII History, Dispatches


Dear Editor:

I read with interest the story of the Battle of Aschaffenburg (January 2011 issue). I was stationed in the village of Munster bei Dieburg in the mid to late 1980s and was in Aschaffenburg many times as it was about 15 miles away. Read more

March 2011

WWII History, Profiles

Vyacheslav M. Molotov: Steel’s Hammer

By Blaine Taylor

The arrival of Vyacheslav M. Molotov, the People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union, in Berlin on a rainy November 12, 1940, was a solemn, strained occasion. Read more

March 2011

WWII History, Ordnance

WWII Aircraft: The Douglas C-54 Skymaster

By Sam McGowan

At the beginning of World War II, the globe seemed huge—covered by thousands of miles of ocean and uninhabited land mass, but by the time it ended everything had been brought closer together, thanks largely to the four-engine transports of the United States Army Air Transport Command, particularly the Douglas C-54 Skymaster. Read more

On August 11, 1943, an American soldier digs in with his heavy machine gun on a hillside near Brolo. U.S. forces attempted to outflank German troops with an amphibious landing near this site during Operation Husky.

March 2011

WWII History, Insight

Imbroglio at Brolo

By Eric Ethier

Fresh off a tense telephone conversation with Maj. Gen. Lucian Truscott, Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., climbed into a jeep and rumbled over to Truscott’s 3rd Infantry Division headquarters east of Terranova, on Sicily’s northeastern coast. Read more

March 2011

WWII History, Top Secret

Raid on Bruneval: Stealing the Enemy’s Eyes

By Kelly Bell

The parachute of aptly named Major J.D. Frost cracked open in the freezing air high above the French Channel coast at 12:45 am, and he commenced drifting down through the moonlit gloom. Read more

March 2011

WWII History, Books

Eisenhower’s Hatchet Man

By Al Hemingway

They called him “Beetle.” He could be gruff and downright insulting at times to his subordinates. New officers joining his staff cringed when they had to go in and “meet the old man.” Read more

March 2011

WWII History, Simulation Gaming

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes Of Stalingrad

By Joseph Luster

Things were a little bit different in 2006, when developer Tripwire Interactive released the first of their Red Orchestra series, Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45. Read more