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World War II

World War II July - August 2016

World War II magazine covers every aspect of history's greatest modern conflict with vivid, revealing, and evocative writing from top historians and journalists. Each issue provides a lively mix of stories about soldiers, leaders, tactics, weapons, and little-known incidents of the war, including riveting firsthand battle accounts and reviews of books, movies, and video games. And the most authoritative magazine on the war features a striking design that highlights rare, archival photographs and detailed battle maps to convey the drama and excitement of the most famous battles and campaigns.

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2 min.

Neal Bascomb (“Saboteurs on Skis”) is the author of seven award-winning, bestselling books, including the search for a Nazi war criminal in Hunting Eichmann. His article is drawn from his latest history, The Winter Fortress. Inspired by Richard Rhodes’s classic The Making of the Atomic Bomb and by many journeys to the Norwegian wild, it follows the epic tale of a scientist and team of commandos who aim to stop Hitler from obtaining the bomb. James Holland (“Larger Than Life”) is the author of the bestselling Fortress Malta, The Battle of Britain, and Dam Busters, as well as numerous works of historical fiction. A regular commentator for British television and radio, he has written and narrated World War II documentaries for the BBC and others. His latest book, The Rise of…

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Dereliction of Duty In the Japanese fighter attack on the B-24 Superchick (“Replacement,” March/April 2016), Top Gunner Joe Busbey was out of his turret as the attack came in from 12 o’clock high. He would have been in perfect position to alert the crew to the attack and to attempt to thwart it with counter-fire. As it was, the attack came in unopposed and without alert until the last moment, by the flight deck team. As a result command pilot Elmer Gladson was killed, other crew wounded, and the aircraft damaged to the extent that it was very nearly lost. Busbey’s absence from his battle station in combat was a court-martial offense. Was he ever charged and tried? WAYNE LONG CHESTER, MD. Kenny Kemp, the author of “Replacement,” responds: Busbey died in the attack along…

2 min.
from nazi officer to israeli assassin

Otto Skorzeny looked like the villain he was. The Austrian Waffen-SS lieutenant colonel stood six foot four, his face disfigured by a long, jagged, dueling scar. But the man known as “Hitler’s Commando” ended his career working for an improbable employer: the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, according to a detailed account in March in the New York-based Jewish newspaper Forward. Drawing on new interviews with former Mossad operatives and Israelis who have access to intelligence archives, CBS News correspondent Dan Raviv and Israeli journalist Yossi Melman report that the Israelis hired Skorzeny in 1962 to assassinate German rocket scientist Heinz Krug, who was working for the Egyptian government. Skorzeny also mailed a bomb that killed five Egyptians at a rocket factory. “I met and ran Skorzeny,” the legendary Israeli intelligence operative,…

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restored red-tail mustang makes its debut

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans unveiled a newly restored P-51D Mustang painted to resemble a red-tailed aircraft flown by the U.S. Army Air Forces’ 332nd Fighter Group. An all-black unit popularly known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the 332nd gained renown for its successful missions flying bomber escort over Axis-occupied Europe. Attending the event were former Tuskegee Airmen and Lieutenant Colonels Charles McGee, 96, and George Hardy, 90. The Mustang will remain on permanent display at the museum, in its U.S. Freedom Pavilion. TOP: POST OG TELE MUSEUM; LEFT: NAITONAL WWII MUSEUM; RIGHT: DOUG MACCASH/TIMES-PICAYUNE…

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congress set to honor america’s ‘ghost army’

One of World War II’s finest acting jobs is up for an award—not an Oscar, but a Congressional Gold Medal. Bipartisan legislation would recognize the U.S. Army’s 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, more evocatively called the “Ghost Army,” which used inflatable tanks, fake radio transmissions, and playacting to fool the Germans on the whereabouts and strength of Allied forces from June 1944 through March 1945. “Their tactics were meant to be invisible, but their contributions are as lasting as any of the Greatest Generation,” said Senator Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who introduced the legislation in March. “It is time the Ghost Army’s heroics came out of the shadows.” The unit’s activities were classified until 1996. The 23rd’s recruits were an unusual bunch—actors, stagehands, and advertising men. Ghost Army veteran Bud Bier,…

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honored weatherman’s relatives found

Last November, the U.S. government belatedly awarded four Purple Hearts to U.S. Weather Bureau civilians killed in September 1942 when a German U-boat sank their weather ship. Descendants of three of the meteorologists attended the ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington D.C.; relatives of the fourth, Luther Brady of Atlanta, could not be found. At least not until two volunteer genealogists went to work. After reading about the men in the March/April 2016 issue of World War II, Janice Rosenthal of Wilmette, Illinois, started searching for Brady’s kin. She enlisted Georgia genealogist Melora Hiler for help. The job was tough. Luther Brady, a bachelor, never had children. Neither did his brothers, Joseph and William. Hiler was relentless, combing the Georgia Archives and old newspaper obituaries for clues. Eventually, she found Helen…