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World War II October 2019

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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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Submarine expert Steven Trent Smith, author of this issue’s “American Subs—Where?,” finds surprising stories on dry land as well. Take a look: Surprise, Kill, Vanish American and Norwegian operatives dropped into occupied Norway on a mission of sabotage Off the Rails Railroads became a weapon when Iran played a remarkable role in the struggle on the Eastern Front HISTORYNET Now Sign up for our FREE monthly e-newsletter at: historynet.com/newsletters Let’s connect World War II magazine Follow us @WWIImag Go digital World War II is available on Zinio, Kindle, and Nook COLBY FAMILY COLLECTION/THE MAN NOBODY KNEW: IN SEARCH OF MY FATHER…

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JOSEPH CONNOR (“Final Reckoning”) graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in history and from Rutgers Law School. He worked in New Jersey his entire career, first as an editor and reporter for seven years before serving 27 years as an assistant county prosecutor. Connor became interested in B-24 Hot Stuff’s story while looking into the life and death of Lieutenant General Frank M. Andrews. JOHN MARTIN (“In Evil’s Footsteps”) began his journalism career in newspapers and moved to television, where he spent 26 years at ABC News in New York and Washington, D.C. Retiring in 2002, he taught for nearly a decade at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism; he is currently a public policy research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His article is based…

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period pieces?

ON PAGE 33 OF THE JUNE 2019 ISSUE is a photo of three soldiers before D-Day [above]. I don’t recognize the rifles. One in the foreground seems to be a bolt action—an ‘03 in 1944? The other one has a black stock; what is it? BUD BRAKMANN ORLANDO, FLA. Regarding the photo in “These Final Days”—Peter Caddick-Adams’s feature in the June 2019 issue—captioned “American GIs play a game of darts near their port of embarkation in the south of England”: an M1 carbine with a black nylon composite synthetic stock in 1944? Really? GEORGE A. MITCHELL BLAIRSVILLE, GA. Editor’s note: we asked Doug Wicklund, senior curator of the NRA’s National Firearms Museum, to examine the photo and weigh in. His observations: Yes, there is an M1903 rifle (1) at the left and two M1 carbines (2, 3).…

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from the editor

Sharp-eyed readers will notice something missing this issue: Robert M. Citino’s “Fire for Effect” column. Rob, long a presence in the magazine, has been writing the column since early 2014. But his duties as The National WWII Museum’s Samuel Zemurry Stone Senior Historian and as Executive Director of its Institute for the Study of War and Democrary are demanding more and more of his time, so Rob has decided to call it a day. Those of you lucky enough to have met him know how, well, perfect he is. Smart, funny, professional, kind, and deeply knowledgable. We’ll miss his presence tremendously. That said, we’ve got another impressive columnist lined up: I’ll introduce him properly next issue. PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO: World War II 1919 Gallows Road, Suite 400, Vienna, VA 22182-4038 OR E-MAIL: worldwar2@historynet.com…

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nazis closer than they knew to nuclear reactor

DEEMING THE FOCUS of their discovery “a failure worth celebrating,” two academic researchers learned that the Nazis bungled their nuclear weapons program and missed a chance to develop a reactor during World War II. A winding trail of evidence led to the realization that the Germans had indeed possessed enough uranium cubes to build a working reactor—but failed to recognize it because their scientists were divided into three teams working separately and in competition with each other. The detective work started in the summer of 2013 when a five-pound uranium cube measuring two inches per side found its way to physicist Timothy Koeth, director of the University of Maryland’s nuclear reactor and radiation facilities. It came wrapped in brown paper towels and accompanied by a mysterious note that read: “Taken from the…