World War II

August 2021

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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wwii online

WORLDWARII.com Readers intrigued by Nicholas Reynolds’s account of the wartime evolution of military intelligence— “Magic Act,” on page 48—will want to check out a story by another esteemed historian that is essentially its prequel. “Broken and Unbroken,” by Richard B. Frank, appeared in our June 2020 issue; you can find it online as: Two of World War II’s Greatest Codebreaking Achievements Shared a Remarkable Common Element Behind the codebreaking success against the sophisticated Japanese “Purple” cipher machine as well as the development of the most secure cipher machine of the war, the United States’ SIGABA, was the same man: William F. Friedman. Sign up for our FREE monthly e-newsletter at: historynet.com/newsletters Let’s connect World War II magazine Go digital World War II is available on Zinio, Kindle, and Nook COURTESY OF THE GEORGE C. MARSHALL FOUNDATION, LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA/PHOTO ILLUSTRATION…

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JONATHAN DIMBLEBY (“Moscow in the Crosshairs”) is a British writer, radio broadcaster, filmmaker, and television host, and the author of books including Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and Its People (2008) and The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War (2016). This issue’s cover story is adapted from his latest work, Operation Barbarossa: The History of a Cataclysm (2021). JOSEPH CONNOR (“Leveling the Playing Field”) studied history at Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned his JD from Rutgers Law School. Following a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter and editor, Connor worked for 27 years as an assistant county prosecutor in New Jersey. An avid New York Yankees fan, Connor laments that he’s too young to have watched the legendary Jackie Robinson play baseball. BARBARA NOE…

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beyond measure

RICHARD B. FRANK’S ARTICLE about the previously unknown death toll of Japanese troops and others due to American submarine campaigns, “Slaughter at Sea” in your April 2021 issue, instantly caught my attention. I became interested in the Pacific War when I was 12 years old, especially in the U.S. submarine campaign against the Japanese. The holy grail of resources on the topic was the Joint Army-Navy Assessment Committee (JANAC) findings, referenced by Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison in his maritime histories and in Frank’s article. In 1973, I located the one and only copy in California—a goldmine of information. After reviewing JANAC, the nagging question I had was: what cargoes were destroyed in all those sinkings and what effect did that have on the war effort? Most sources quantify the submarine campaign’s…

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from the editor

Fond of mysteries? We’ve got a particularly compelling one in this issue’s “From the Footlocker” (page 20); a tiny bowl that may well have survived the devastating atomic blast at Hiroshima 76 years ago this August. Was the bowl truly from Hiroshima? Who brought it back and why? Josh Schick, a curator at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, has provided some invaluable clues; perhaps there’s a reader out there who can put the rest of the story together. In the meantime, if you have a mystery object of your own, we’re happy—and ever curious—to take on the challenge. Contact us at: Footlocker@historynet.com. PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO: World War II 901 N. Glebe Road, 5th Floor, Arlington, VA 22203 OR E-MAIL: worldwar2@historynet.com Please include your name, address, and daytime telephone number.…

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dod exploring new way to id war dead

UNDER PRESSURE TO IDENTIFY THE REMAINS of troops lost in World War II and other conflicts, the Department of Defense is considering a tactic that police have used to crack unsolved murders and other cold cases. DOD investigators presently undergo a laborious process of using dental records, military paperwork, and other evidence to narrow down the possible identities of the fallen. They then seek blood samples from likely family members, hoping they match DNA from the remains. But tracking down family members isn’t easy. Siblings and other direct relatives can be long dead. Many of those killed in action were young and left behind no children. The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System is exploring something new: casting a much wider net by running the recovered DNA through every available database in search…

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pacific hero remembered

THE NAVY IS PREPARING TO HONOR a Black mess attendant nicknamed the “Human Tugboat” for swimming through shark-infested waters to tow his shipmates to safety in 1942. Stunned that he’d never heard the story, navy veteran and author Malcolm Nance went on Twitter in late April to call for more recognition for Petty Officer Charles Jackson French. Rear Admiral Charles Brown, the U.S. Navy’s chief of information, tweeted back, promising to “look into whether we can do more to recognize Petty Officer French.” On September 5, 1942, the high-speed transport USS Gregory was sunk by Japanese battleships off Guadalcanal; 24 survivors found themselves on a lifeboat, worried they’d drift to shore and be taken prisoner. French, an orphan from Arkansas who learned to swim in the Red River, volunteered to tow them…