WWII Quarterly

Winter 2014

Volume 5, No. 2

COVER: American infantryman T/SGT Johnny Jonak looks cautiously over a hedgrow in Normandy.

Photo: National Archives

Winter 2014

WWII Quarterly, Editorial

Digging Up History

Not long ago I was watching one of my all-time favorite war movies—The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, and many others. Read more

Winter 2014

WWII Quarterly, Propaganda

Director Frank Capra

By Herb Kugel

In his 1971 autobiography, The Name Above the Title, prestigious Hollywood film director Frank Capra claimed that on Monday morning, December 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, two U.S. Read more

A picture taken by the ROV of the driver’s position on the DUKW. The instrument gauges are still visible although a portion of the dashboard has fallen off. The rubber-coated steering wheel is still largely intact.

Winter 2014

WWII Quarterly, Investigations

The Lost DUKW of Lake Garda

By Jeff Patton, Colonel, Usaf (Ret.)

The editorial in the Summer 2013 issue of WWII Quarterly concerned the search for an amphibious DUKW that sank with 25 men aboard on April 30, 1945, in Lake Garda, northern Italy’s largest lake. Read more

Ogden Pleissner, an artist and war correspondent for LIFE magazine, captured American tanks advancing through the bombed-out city of St. Lô as German prisoners are marched to the rear.

Winter 2014

WWII Quarterly

Deadly Cobra Strike

By Michael E. Haskew

The Allied planning for Operation Overlord had been ongoing for more than two years. Vast quantities of supplies and hundreds of thousands of fighting men and their machinery of war had crowded southern England. Read more

Aviation cadets, 150 strong, salute the flag during Retreat on the parade ground at Beloit College. The school’s first building, known as Middle College, is in the background.

Winter 2014

WWII Quarterly

An American College Goes To War

By Patricia Overman

The sacrifices made by American men and women in uniform during World War WII are legion. The contribution made by the workforce of our nation’s industries, exemplified by the image of “Rosie the Riveter” with riveting gun in hand, is also well known by most Americans. Read more

Winter 2014

WWII Quarterly

Defending the ‘Admin Box’ In Burma’s Arakan Region

By William B. Allmon

In the misty early morning of February 4, 1944. thousands of Japanese troops marched silently through the jungle in the first move of their counter-offensive against the British-Indian XV Corps attempting to advance south in the Arakan region of Burma. Read more

Winter 2014

WWII Quarterly

Wildcats Ashore!

By Nathan N. Prefer

On maps of the Pacific, it’s barely visible––a mere, seemingly insignificant speck in a vast ocean. Its name––unlike Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa––is virtually unknown today. Read more

Luftwaffe Field Marshal Erhard Milch, far left, with Hermann Goring, Adolf Hitler, and SA Stabschef Viktor Lutze. Milch, who otherwise would have been considered a “half-Jew” or Mischlinge, was “aryanized” by Hitler, who claimed the power to change an individual’s ethnicity.

Winter 2014

WWII Quarterly

Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers

By Bryan Mark Rigg

On September 15, 1944, as Allied armies squeezed Germany from east and west, and the Third Reich needed all the experienced, able-bodied soldiers it could find, a strange but far from unusual letter was being written. Read more

De Gaulle, now a colonel in command of the 507th Tank Regiment, watches military maneuvers in eastern France in 1938.

Winter 2014

WWII Quarterly

In Desperation And Triumph

By Michael E. Haskew

Paris was in tumult. The French 2nd Armored Division had rolled into the City of Light on August 25, 1944, ending four years of harsh Nazi occupation. Read more