October 2019

Volume 18, No. 6

Cover: A weary Marine carries a machine gun down a jungle trail on New Britain, part of the campaign to isolate the Japanese stronghold of Rabaul.
Photo: National Archives

Paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division march into Bastogne, Belgium, on December 19, 1944. Combat veteran Private Brad Freeman, a mortarman with the division’s East Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, passed through the town, thinking to himself, “Here we go again.”

October 2019

WWII History

Easy Company Mortarman in Bastogne

By Kevin Hymel

When word reached 21-year-old Private Bradford “Brad” Freeman in Mourmelon-le-Grand, France, that the entire 101st Airborne Division was being put on 24-hour alert for movement to the front, he was neither surprised nor shocked. Read more

battle for Bougainville

October 2019

WWII History

The Fight for Bougainville

By Michael E. Haskew

The bloody fight for Guadalcanal, where the string of Japanese conquests in the Pacific had finally run its course, was a turning point of World War II. Read more

October 2019

WWII History

D-Day Assault on Juno Beach

By Nathan N. Prefer

Most students of World War II know that there were five invasion beaches included in Operation Overlord, the invasion of northwestern Europe, on June 6, 1944. Read more

sinking Japanese submarine I-1

October 2019

WWII History

Sinking Japanese Submarine I-1

By Bruce Petty

Gordon Bridson was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1909, but shortly thereafter his family moved to Auckland, where he attended Auckland Grammar School. Read more

October 2019

WWII History, Editorial

The Legend of the Black Sheep

In the 1970s, actor Robert Conrad starred in Baa Baa Black Sheep, leading a band of brawling, hard-drinking U.S. Marine fighter pilots flying their Vought F4U Corsairs against the best Japanese fighter jockeys in the Solomon Islands, and the show became a staple of weeknight television viewing. Read more

The guns of the German battleship Bismarck and the cruiser Prinz Eugen fire at the British battleship HMS Prince of Wales and battlecruiser HMS Hood in the Denmark Strait on May 23, 1941.

October 2019

WWII History, Ordnance

The Hood Has Blown Up!

By Mark Carlson

In one of the most gripping scenes of the 1960 motion picture Sink the Bismarck! the viewer is witness to the climactic moment of the Battle of the Denmark Strait on May 24, 1941. Read more

October 2019

WWII History, Insight

Italian, Japanese and Nazi POWs in America: Strangers Within our Gates

By Richard L. Sherman

For William “Red” Verzola, Friday night was the liveliest night of the week. That was when a group of soldiers from Camp Myles Standish in Taunton, Massachusetts, made their regular pilgrimage to Charlie Pino’s Victory Club, just up the road in the tiny town of Norton, to enjoy a few beers and a couple of hours of relaxation. Read more

Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle

October 2019

WWII History, Profiles

Jimmy Doolittle: The Warrior from Shangri-La

By Michael D. Hull

Shortly after the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt remarked that he would like to bomb the enemy homeland in revenge as soon as possible. Read more

Popular bandleader Glenn Miller and his orchestra entertain a crowd in England in 1943.

October 2019

WWII History, Top Secret

Hero with a Horn

By Michael D. Hull

One of the best known and most effective champions of the Allied cause in World War II was a dour, slightly built Iowa native wearing rimless glasses who never fired a shot in anger and collected no ribbons for gallantry. Read more

October 2019

WWII History, Books

To the Summit of Suribachi

By Christopher Miskimon

In the predawn darkness of February 23, 1945, a patrol went out toward the towering mass of Mount Suribachi. Read more