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World War II December 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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Readers intrigued by the bravery shown by the British fighting force No. 11 (Scottish) Commando in this issue’s “Hell of a Chance” will want to read about their first foray into battle: Baptism of Fire at Litani River By Gavin Mortimer In a single stunning day, a commando unit spearheaded an assault on Vichy French forces in the Middle East HISTORYNETNow 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…

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THOMAS W. CUTRER (“Beyond the Call of Duty”) is professor emeritus of history and American studies at Arizona State University, as well as the author of several books on American military history. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University and went on to earn his PhD from the University of Texas after serving as a U.S. Air Force combat intelligence officer in Vietnam. His interest in Doris Miller sprang from a convergence of his interest in Southern military history and the social and cultural history of Texas. JEREMY GRAY (“Truth and Consequences”) became fascinated with Oskar Kusch, the sole German submarine commander executed by the Nazis for treason, while researching naval history. Based in Potsdam, Germany, he has written on finance for Bloomberg News and Financial Times…

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in their footsteps

ALEX KERSHAW’S ARTICLE “First In” (August 2019), about the pathfinders who led the way on D-Day, helps explain why I was motivated to follow in the footsteps of my father. As the copilot of the lead pathfinder C-47, my dad, Captain Vito Pedone, calmly faced the many dangers and did his duty that night on June 5, 1944, to spearhead the Airborne assault into Normandy. My mother, a flight nurse, would soon follow to evacuate the wounded in C-47s. Their service and courage inspired my air force career. “First In” captures the exceptional spirit and bravery of all those who were in harm’s way on D-Day and continue to inspire our future generations. Great article, as is Alex’s book! STEPHEN P. PEDONE LIEUTENANT COLONEL, USAF (RET.) NAPLES, FLA. PAYING FOR THE PAST Both Albert Reimann…

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from the editor

I take great pleasure this issue in introducing World War II readers to our new columnist. Folks, meet Robert Bateman, whose column, “Bateman’s War,” premiers on page 22. Bob, a career Airborne Infantry Ranger who spent 27 years in uniform, is also a longtime military historian, having taught at West Point along with George Mason University and Georgetown University. A writer for Esquire.com, he is the author of two books, Digital War: A View from the Front Lines (1999) and No Gun Ri: A Military History of the Korean War Incident (2002), and he has co-authored or contributed to many others. He is also, as you’ll soon discover, a man who doesn’t mince words, and a thoughtful and provocative writer. Buckle up and enjoy! PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO: World War II 1919 Gallows…

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fallen marines recovered, remembered

THEY FELL DURING THE FINAL NIGHT of ferocious fighting on the Pacific atoll Tarawa. Now, they’ve finally come home. The nonprofit History Flight unearthed the remains of Marines and sailors killed on Betio Island at the end of the November 20-23, 1943, Battle of Tarawa. To the playing of “Taps” in a July 17 ceremony, Marine pallbearers carried cases containing the remains of at least 22 fallen servicemen into a hangar at Hawaii’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. They’d been transported via a C-17 cargo plane from Tarawa, now part of the Republic of Kiribati. In a speech, Lieutenant General Lewis Craparotta, commander of Marine forces in the Pacific, welcomed home his “brothers in arms who fell long ago in battle, enabling the freedom and security we’ve enjoyed since the end of World War II.” The…

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eagle-eyed divers find sunken warship

WHEN THE U.S. NAVY’S Eagle-56 patrol boat went down off the Maine coast on April 23, 1945, it left behind two mysteries: What caused the World War I–era boat to sink, killing 49 of the 62 men onboard? And where, exactly, did the wreck wind up? The first puzzle was solved in 2001 after Massachusetts lawyer Paul Lawton compiled enough evidence to convince the navy—which had previously blamed the maritime tragedy on a boiler explosion—to reverse itself and rule that a U-boat had brought down Eagle-56. That made it the second-to-last American warship sunk by a German submarine in World War II. (The USS Frederick C. Davis, a destroyer escort, was sunk the following day.) The second mystery was finally cleared up in July when undersea search specialist Garry Kozak revealed that…