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World War II Special Forces

World War II Special Forces

By Michael E. Haskew
The concept of elite or “special” forces matured during World War II, and the term became synonymous with extraordinary heroism, particularly against long odds. The editors of WWII History magazine have put together a Special Issue, World War II Special Forces, entirely devoted to these units and   More »

Dutch Debacle

Dutch Debacle

By John W. Osborn, Jr.

 

When world war engulfed Europe for the second time in a generation, the Netherlands placed its faith in the diplomatic delusion that it could remain neutral like it had during World War I. When that failed it counted on a military miracle that turned out to   More »

Prisoner of the Gestapo: Freed by Words

Prisoner of the Gestapo: Freed by Words

By Susan Zimmerman

With war comes untold stories of unbroken spirits. These are universal stories without bounds and sides, some of which remain buried deep in psyches. Then there are those that must be written in order for the survivor to move on. In purging the horrors of war from the   More »

German Failure at Kursk

German Failure at Kursk

By Pat McTaggart
Colonel General Walter Model was a rising star in the German Army in early 1943. The son of a music teacher, Model was born on January 24, 1891, in Genthin, Saxony-Anhalt. In 1909, he joined the Kaiser’s army as an officer candidate, but the harsh training almost made   More »

Death of the Tirpitz

Death of the Tirpitz

By Blaine Taylor
April 1, 1939, was a red-letter day in the history of the reborn German Kriegsmarine for two key reasons. First, Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler presented the fleet’s chief, Erich Raeder, with an ornate, icon-studded Navy blue baton of office as the first grand admiral since the days of   More »

Bloodbath in Aachen

Bloodbath in Aachen

With weapons at the ready, the American squad advanced cautiously on both sides of the tree-lined boulevard toward the German strongpoint in Aachen. Buildings pummeled by Allied shells had toppled to the ground, sending concrete and bricks spilling into the street. Hardly a structure remained intact as a result of   More »



Issue Previews

After the Lincoln Assassination: The World-Wide Manhunt for John Surratt

After the Lincoln Assassination: The World-Wide Manhunt for John Surratt

John Surratt somehow escaped justice after the Lincoln assassination despite being intimately acquainted with John Wilkes Booth and other conspirators.

Civil War Stories: Libby Prison’s ‘Lottery of Death’

Civil War Stories: Libby Prison’s ‘Lottery of Death’

Union Captain Henry Sawyer drew the short straw in Libby Prison’s infamous ‘Lottery of Death.’

“Commando” Charles Kelly & The First European Theater Medal of Honor

“Commando” Charles Kelly & The First European Theater Medal of Honor

A hero in combat, ‘Commando’ Charles Kelly battled demons at home after winning the Medal of Honor in the European Theater.

Protecting & Repatriating American Remains at the Battle of Saipan

Protecting & Repatriating American Remains at the Battle of Saipan

A Russian real estate developer plans to construct a condominium development in close proximity to the Battle of Saipan in 1944.

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