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WWII Quarterly Winter 2017

Defusing World War II’s dangerous legacy.

Defusing World War II’s dangerous legacy.

By Flint Whitlock
For the most part, World War II left the U.S. and Canadian homelands physically untouched. There were a few incidents of sabotage and a few small-scale attacks, such as a Japanese submarine’s shelling of an oil refinery in southern California and balloon bombs launched from Japan that floated   More »

Celebrating U.S. Army History

Celebrating U.S. Army History

By Mason B. Webb
In the heart of Pennsylvania, not far from the Civil War battlefields of Gettysburg, stands the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on the eastern part of historic Carlisle Barracks.
While it is perhaps best known for its U.S. Army War College Library, U.S. Army Military History   More »

Building the B-29

Building the B-29

By Joe Kirby
When Maj. Gen. Curtis LeMay, the hard-driving commander of the Twentieth U.S. Air Force based in Guam, decided to change tactics in early 1945 to boost the effectiveness of the B-29 Superfortress, it was the Bell Aircraft plant in Marietta, Georgia, that ultimately provided him with the stripped-down   More »

A Screaming Eagle in Bastogne

A Screaming Eagle in Bastogne

By Kevin M. Hymel
“DON’T WORRY, GUYS––the Airborne is here!” shouted Private Howard Buford to the worn-out GIs he and his fellow paratroopers passed on the snowy road through Bastogne in the early hours of December 19, 1944.
Buford, a paratrooper with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, had never   More »

The  Allies’ Biggest Blunder?

The Allies’ Biggest Blunder?

By Brig. Gen. (ret.) Raymond E. Bell, Jr.
Before World War II, the Belgian port city of Antwerp was one of the world’s great ports, ranking with those of Hamburg, Rotterdam, and New York. Antwerp is located some 55 miles up the Scheldt (Schelde) Estuary from the North Sea. Five hundred   More »

19 Hours in Kamikaze Hell

19 Hours in Kamikaze Hell

By Nathan N. Prefer
They knew they were coming. They had been waiting for days, expecting at any minute to be rushed to battle stations, but for days nothing much had happened. Veterans of naval battles at the Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf, and the Philippine Sea couldn’t explain it. Where   More »

A Screaming Eagle in Bastogne

A Screaming Eagle in Bastogne

By Kevin M. Hymel
“DON’T WORRY, GUYS––the Airborne is here!” shouted Private Howard Buford to the worn-out GIs he and his fellow paratroopers passed on the snowy road through Bastogne in the early hours of December 19, 1944.
Buford, a paratrooper with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, had never   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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