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World War II

World War II September - October 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.

TOM CLAVIN (“Final Flight of Old 666”) has worked as a newspaper and website editor, magazine writer, TV and radio commentator, and also as a reporter for the New York Times covering entertainment, sports, and the environment. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and National Newspaper Association. Clavin lives in Sag Harbor, New York, and is working on a book about Dodge City in the 1870s. JOSEPH CONNOR (“Drafting Women?”) has been fascinated by American history, especially the World War II era, since childhood. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a bachelor’s degree in history and from the Rutgers Law School with a juris doctor degree. After a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter and editor in New Jersey, Connor worked for…

6 min.
my mother, the pinup

I got quite a surprise when I opened the “Pinup” page of your May/June issue and saw a photo of my mother, actress Julie Bishop! The photo is one I had not seen before, and it was wonderful to see her smiling face among the pages of your magazine. I also enjoyed reading about my mother’s career and her relationship with my father, Major General Clarence A. Shoop—at that time a colonel. After his command of the 7th Photo Reconnaissance Group, my father became commander of Muroc Flight Test Base (now Edwards AFB), and chief of flight testing for Howard Hughes. He was later vice president of the International Division of Hughes Aircraft Company and was also the commander in chief of the Air National Guard of California until his death.…

4 min.
marines confirm mistaken identities in iconic 1945 photo

THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS has confirmed a 2014 claim that it misidentified two of the six men photographed raising the American flag on Iwo Jima. The photo, which captured the second of two flag raisings atop Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945, went on to become one of the most widely reproduced images of the war. For decades, the men in Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning picture were thought to be five Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman. In 2014, however, amateur historians Stephen Foley and Eric Krelle raised doubts about the men’s identities. After a three-month examination of photographs taken that day, a Marine Corps panel confirmed in June that the man identified as Corpsman John H. Bradley is in fact Marine Private First Class Franklin Sousley,…

3 min.
program reunites filipino veterans with their families

MORE THAN A QUARTER-MILLION FILIPINOS fought alongside American forces during World War II, and at least 60,000 died. In gratitude of their service, the U.S. government promised Filipino veterans benefits, pensions, and citizenship. But at the end of the war, President Harry S. Truman signed laws that reneged on those promises. It was not until the early 1990s that Filipino veterans were allowed to move to the United States as full citizens, along with their spouses, parents, and unmarried children under 21. Any older children had to remain behind in the Philippines. Now, the United States is finally correcting that injustice. In June, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began allowing Filipino veterans and their spouses to seek a “discretionary grant of parole,” allowing their family members to come to America…

3 min.
holocaust heroine honored  

THE BOY WAS EXASPERATING. He wouldn’t stop talking. He made irritating noises. “His naughtiness,’’ Maria Madi wrote, “may mean death for us all.’’ But Madi, a Hungarian doctor, soothed seven-year-old Alfred Lakos whenever gunfire sounded, nursed him when he was sick, and hid him and his aunt, Irene, from Nazi troops seeking Hungarian Jews to send to death camps. In May, Israel’s Holocaust remembrance authority posthumously honored Madi as “Righteous Among the Nations” for her actions. Madi’s story was almost lost to history. In December 1941, she started a diary in English for her daughter, who had emigrated to Louisiana. In 16 handwritten volumes, she recorded observations about life in wartime Budapest and the intensifying mistreatment of Hungary’s Jews. In October 1944, shortly after the Germans invaded Hungary, Madi took in…

3 min.
robert m. citino

AN EXPERT ON THE Wehrmacht, Robert M. Citino is at work on a volume on the last two years of the war, when the Germans endured one disaster after another. “The literature on the topic is huge, and keeping up is a 24/ 7 job,” says Citino, author of The German Way of War, Death of the Wehrmacht, and The Wehrmacht Retreats. “To give you a leg up, here are a few books you may have missed on the German side of the war.” TAPPING HITLER’S GENERALS Transcripts of Secret Conversations 1942-45 Sönke Neitzel, editor (2007) “The Allies captured hundreds of German generals and staff officers, put them in prison, and taped their private conversations. Editor Sönke Neitzel gives it to you straight: their actual words, discussing their participation in the campaigns (and crimes)…