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WWII History December 2017

Developing the Atomic Bomb

Developing the Atomic Bomb

By Michael E. Haskew
In 1938 the Italian Fascist government of Benito Mussolini began enacting a series of laws intended to intimidate, persecute, and otherwise control virtually every aspect of the lives of Italian Jews. Among those caught in the web of these ordinances was Laura Capon Fermi, wife of the   More »

WWII Book Reviews: From Defeat to Victory

WWII Book Reviews: From Defeat to Victory

By Christopher Miskimon
The Battle of Sangshak is one of those unknown fights that laid thegroundwork for the subsequent Allied victory in World War II. In March 1944, the Japanese U-Go offensive was making gains against the mostly Indian British IV Corps as it advanced toward Kohima, a major Allied position.   More »

Soviet Disaster in the Crimea

Soviet Disaster in the Crimea

By Pat McTaggart

Christmas Day 1941 was anything but festive for the commander of German Army Group South’s 11th Army, General Erich von Manstein. He was currently involved in his toughest battle of the war to date. Staring at the maps spread before him, von Manstein followed the arrows that marked   More »

Ernie Pyle: Foxhole Dateline

Ernie Pyle: Foxhole Dateline

By Michael D. Hull

If General Omar N. Bradley was “the GIs’ general,” then their best friend in World War II was undoubtedly a small, stringy reporter with graying red hair from Indiana who shared their foxholes and hardships while slogging across five battlefronts.

Writing six dispatches a week for the 13   More »

Wolf of the Atlantic

Wolf of the Atlantic

By Christopher J. Chlon
Fregattenkapitän (Commander) Otto Kretschmer sank or damaged more Allied ships than any other U-boat commander during World War II. According to German records, he racked up 312,000 gross tons sent to the bottom or damaged.
Self-confident, well-trained, and with a ruthless quest for knowledge of the sea and   More »

The Tide Turns at El Alamein

The Tide Turns at El Alamein

By Michael D. Hull
After more than two wearying years of seesaw fighting across the North African desert, the outlook was bleak for the British Eighth Army in the early summer of 1942.
The gallant but dispirited army had been outgunned and outmaneuvered by German panzers, deadly 88mm flak guns, and generalship   More »

Seven Meetings to D-Day

Seven Meetings to D-Day

By Kevin M. Hymel

The invasion force was ready. All across the United Kingdom men waited in more than 5,000 ships and hundreds of landing craft. Pilots, crewmen, and paratroopers waited around fighters, bombers, and carrier planes. Jeeps, trucks, tanks, and every type of military vehicle in the Western Allied arsenal   More »



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Japanese Sneak Attack on Sydney Harbor

Japanese Sneak Attack on Sydney Harbor

In May 1942, a Japanese submarine force snuck into Australia’s Sydney Harbor for a daring, suicidal attack.

Napoleon Bonaparte in Present-Day Israel

Napoleon Bonaparte in Present-Day Israel

When an Ottoman army surrounded Jean Kleber’s Division of Mount Tabor on April 16, 1799, the timely arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte ensured a French victory.

Nazi U-Boats At America’s Doorsteps

Nazi U-Boats At America’s Doorsteps

Nazi U-Boats brought World War II to America’s shores as they ravaged merchant shipping off the East Coast.

World War I Doughboys’ Bloody Baptism

World War I Doughboys’ Bloody Baptism

In their first major battles of World War I, American Expeditionary Force troops helped blunt multiple offensives launched by the German Army in the spring of 1918.

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