September 2007

Volume 6, No. 5

Cover: General Sir Bernard Law Montgomery commanded the British Eighth Army in North Africa and went head-to-head with Rommel at El Alamein. After fighting with the Eighth Army in Sicily and Italy, he was called home to England to command the 21st Army Group and prepare for the invasion of Normandy. Photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.

Preparing for an invasion by the Japanese, Indian troops, which comprised a large number of the British Commonwealth forces in Burma, march past a pagoda toward defensive positions. (Imperial War Museum)

September 2007

WWII History

The 17th Indian Division in Burma: Disaster on the Sittang

By Marc D. Bernstein

The Japanese looked unstoppable. Two divisions of the 15th Army had crossed from Thailand into Burma in mid-January 1942, bent on capturing Rangoon before the British could land reinforcements and block the seizing of the Burma Road. Read more

September 2007

WWII History

The Great German Escape

By Charles Whiting

Devizes in southern England had had a quiet war. It had not suffered any bombing as most English cities had. Read more

September 2007

WWII History

The Afrika Korps at El Alamein: Beginning of the End

By John Brown

Tobruk, the vital Libyan seaport on the coast of Cyrenaica, fell to General Erwin Rommel and his victorious Afrika Korps in less than 24 hours after an unexpected and devastating air, armor, and infantry attack on June 21, 1942. Read more

September 2007

WWII History, Dispatches

Debacle at Luban

Dear Editor:

I read the “Debacle at Luban” article in your July 2007 issue with much interest. The study of this unknown campaign gives the reader a clearer insight than he can get from the study of famous battles which are distorted by myth and legend. Read more

The German crew, which has manned a captured British Matilda tank in the Western Desert in 1941, surrenders to a group of New Zealand troops after the vehicle has been disabled by antitank fire. Note the German markings and flag draping the tank. (Australian War Memorial)

September 2007

WWII History, Ordnance

Captured Allied Armor: Enemy Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

By Christopher Miskimon

The German crewmen occupied the various stations in their tank as they approached the American roadblock ahead. It was 2100 hours on Christmas Eve, 1944, just outside the town of Manhay, Luxembourg, which was occupied by elements three different U.S. Read more

September 2007

WWII History, Profiles

Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess: Foe or Ally?

By Sherman Gengler

Throughout the reign of the Nazi Party in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s, Adolf Hitler’s inner circle comprised a diverse group of men from many walks of life. Read more

Not yet a second lieutenant or a pilot, student flier Grant Stout poses with the Stearman PT-17 Kaydet primary trainer that was the initial aerial classroom for so many.

September 2007

WWII History, Insight

What happened to fighter pilot Grant Stout?

By Robert F. Dorr

It was loud. It was violent. Gunfire ripped into 1st Lt. Grant G. Stout’s Republic P-47D Thunderbolt fighter high over Dortmund, Germany, near midday on March 19, 1945, and the aircraft trembled and shook. Read more

September 2007

WWII History, Books

Recalling the devastation of Dresden

By Mason B. Webb

It is highly unusual in the publishing world for two books to come out in the same year on the same topic with the same title (and even the same photo on their covers). Read more