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World War II September/October 2017

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.

JESSICA WAMBACH BROWN (“Time Travel”) stumbled upon Battery Russell while camping along the Oregon Coast in summer 2016 and decided to take a closer look at the only mainland U.S. military installation fired on by a wartime enemy since the War of 1812. A graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism and Hawaii Pacific University’s Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies program, she writes about history and veterans’ affairs from her home in Carnation, Washington. JAMES M. FENELON (“The Darkest Valley”) is a former U.S. Army paratrooper who developed an avid interest in World War II Airborne history during his military service. He has traveled to battlefields in North Africa and Europe, and has jumped out of a C-47 in Normandy during the commemoration of D-Day’s 70th…

5 min.
who’s to blame?

Richard B. Frank’s review of A Matter of Honor (March/April 2017) leaves me a bit confused. His high praise for the book hits the mark. But then he states that making the two commanders at Pearl Harbor scapegoats was due to “command responsibility.” Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel and Lieutenant General Walter C. Short were but soldiers under the command of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Had the president and the military heads used as much clear thinking and creativity in analyzing the intelligence they had before the attack on Pearl Harbor as they did in creating the cover-up of their failed leadership, Pearl Harbor would not have been the blight on our history that it is. A Supreme Court justice set up a kangaroo tribunal, the highest-ranking military officials told blatant,…

4 min.
associated press accused of cooperating with the nazis

REPORTING IN ADOLF HITLER’S GERMANY posed a big dilemma for journalists. To what extent would they have to cooperate with a repressive regime to work inside the country or from Nazi-occupied territory? Critics say the nonprofit American news agency Associated Press bowed to Nazi pressure, compromising its independence to ensure that it could continue sending stories and pictures to newspapers across the United States during Hitler’s rise to power and the subsequent war. German historian Harriet Scharnberg argued last year that AP’s cooperation with the Third Reich let the Nazis “portray a war of extermination as a conventional war.” AP responded in May with a lengthy report of its behavior in Germany from 1933 to 1945, arguing that the agency acted as “forthrightly and independently as possible” but admitted “it should have done…

2 min.
b-25 wrecks discovered in the south pacific

SCIENTISTS HAVE FOUND THE WRECKS of two B-25 bombers in the waters off Papua New Guinea. Divers and residents of the provincial capital Madang had been aware of one of the wreck sites in the city’s harbor, but it was documented for the first time in February by Project Recover—a partnership between the University of Delaware, the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the BentProp Project, a nonprofit organization that searches for the remains of missing American servicemen. One of the six crew members from the Madang Harbor B-25 is believed to have gone down with the aircraft; the Japanese took five prisoners, executing four of them. The fifth crewman survived. Project Recover found the second B-25 while scouring nearly four square miles of ocean floor with a sonar-equipped…

2 min.
a long overdue introduction

VERNON “BO” SIGO, A B-17 NAVIGATOR, always appreciated the fighter pilots who escorted him on 48 bombing runs over Germany and occupied Europe. He just didn’t know who they were. “After the war, I found out those P-51s were flown by the Tuskegee Airmen,” Sigo, 92, said. “It’s been my hope that one day I could thank a Tuskegee airman personally for their service.” He had to wait seven decades, but the opportunity finally came May 9. Sigo took the stage at Cambier Park in Naples, Florida, to thank George Hardy, 91, one of the African American pilots who made up the Tuskegee Airmen in a segregated wartime military. “Many of us owe their lives to these brave men,” Sigo said. Although stationed in Italy at bases only 25 miles apart, the two men…

2 min.
back to bataan

MANY AMERICANS CELEBRATED Memorial Day weekend by grilling burgers and hoisting cold beers. Four veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan picked another way to remember the fallen: they walked the route of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines, consuming half rations, limiting their intake of water, and sleeping on the ground along the five-day journey. Josh Jespersen, Nick Colgin, Margaux Mange, and Brian McPherson are founders of Mission Memorial Day. The four are mountain climbers, and they decided two years ago to honor fallen veterans on Memorial Day climbs. In 2015 they planted American flags 18,000 feet up on Alaska’s 20,310-foot Denali (formerly Mount McKinley). The next year, they made it to Denali’s summit with the names of 500 fallen veterans. This year, they decided to honor those who…