September 2002

Volume 1, No. 5

Cover: Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., in Sicily with his camera at the ready, took pictures of almost everything that crossed his path during World War II.

Patton spent his birthday, November 11, 1944, “getting where the dead were still warm.” He enjoyed his day by snapping a photograph of a recently captured German Stu. Gesch. 111 self-propelled gun. Patton’s shadow can be seen in the picture.

September 2002

WWII History

War As He Saw It

By Kevin M. Hymel

Everywhere General George S. Patton, Jr., went, from North Africa to Sicily to continental Europe, his camera swayed from his neck, ready to capture images that interested him. Read more

September 2002

WWII History

The Sinking of Scharnhorst

By Robert Barr Smith

She was a beautiful ship, long and sleek and very fast. She was christened Scharnhorst,named for Prussian General Gerhard Scharnhorst,one of the revered founders of the Prussian Army. Read more

September 2002

WWII History, Dispatches

Four Came Home

Dear Sirs:

Regarding the article on the Doolittle Raiders attack on Japan entitled “Pearl Harbor Payback” (July 2002), there are several corrections that should be noted. Read more

Shortly after his rescue by elite German troops, Mussolini prepares to board a Fieseler Storch for a flight to safety.

September 2002

WWII History, Ordnance

The Fieseler Storch Fi 156

by Blaine Taylor

On March 12, 1939, Heroes’ Memorial Day (or Veterans Day) in the Nazi Third Reich, the thousands of onlookers at the giant annual parade in Berlin were treated to an unusual sight as a small monoplane landed on the Unter den Linden between Hermann Göring’s State Opera House and the Neue Wache (New Guardshouse). Read more

September 2002

WWII History, Profiles

General Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell

By Kevin M. Hymel

General Joseph Stilwell was one of the United States’ best military commanders, yet in the course of America’s involvement in World War II he never led U.S. Read more

September 2002

WWII History, Insight

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima: The Story of the Photo

By Chris McGowan

Atop 550-foot Suribachi Yama, the volcano at the southwest tip of Iwo Jima, Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment, 5th Division, hoist the Stars and Stripes, signaling the capture of this key position. Read more

September 2002

WWII History, Books

Tom Schachtman’s ‘Terrors and Marvels’

By Michael D. Hull

It could have been a futuristic nightmare straight from the science fiction tales of H.G. Wells, with terror weapons raining death and destruction on an unsuspecting London. Read more