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World War II June 2020

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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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WORLDWARII.com Richard B. Frank, an internationally renowned expert on the Asia-Pacific War, is the author of this issue’s “Broken and Unbroken.” Check out these other stellar stories by Frank: Zero Hour on Niihau When a Japanese pilot crash-landed his crippled plane on a remote Hawaiian island, the fateful act played a role in the eventual internment of over 100,000 Japanese Americans Altar of Peace There was much more to the Japanese surrender ceremony on Tokyo Bay than its spectacular pageantry indicated HISTORY NET Now 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…

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JESSICA WAMBACH BROWN (“Shelter from the Storm”), a regular World War II contributor, writes about American history from her home in Kalispell, Montana. While planning a family trip to upstate New York, she discovered the story of America’s only shelter for European refugees in the many-layered history of Oswego’s Fort Ontario. RICHARD B. FRANK (“Broken and Unbroken”) is an internationally recognized authority on the Asia-Pacific War and the author of Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire (1999), which esteemed World War II historian Gerhard Weinberg named as one of the six best books in English about the war. The first volume of his trilogy on the Asia-Pacific War, Tower of Skulls, was published in March 2020; major sub-themes in the series include code breaking and communications security involving both Allied and…

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exercise in futility

READING THE STORY about the donated D-Day broadcast tapes in the February 2020 issue (“WWII Today”), I was rather surprised to learn that the Luftwaffe had attacked the Allied armada in the English Channel heading to the Normandy landings. I may well be in error, but everything that I recall ever seeing about enemy D-Day air actions that day stressed the fact that the Luftwaffe, except for a brief strafing run on the landing beaches by a pair of German fighter planes, was virtually absent from the skies. MARTIN BLUMENTHALWORCESTER, MASS. John D. Long, director of education for the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, responds: The short answer to Mr. Blumenthal’s question is that the Luft-waffe was able to fly somewhere around 100 sorties on D-Day, which resulted in multiple attacks on the…

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hawaiian museum loses struggle to stay afloat

GLEN TOMLINSON called the place “grandpa’s attic on steroids.” Over nearly three decades, he had stocked Honolulu’s Home of the Brave Museum with thousands of World War II artifacts—Japanese pilots’ flight suits, a bullet-riddled flag from the destroyer tender USS Rigel, U.S. Army helmets—creating one of the country’s largest private collections of wartime memorabilia. He also displayed photos of the many World War II veterans who visited over the years—100,000 in all. Located in a converted stable in the Hawaiian capital’s gentrified Kakaako warehouse district, the museum was avowedly hands-on, encouraging visitors to man a machine gun, clamber into a vintage jeep, or stand astride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle featured in the 2001 movie Pearl Harbor. But Home of the Brave closed its doors on December 28, victim of a vanishing target audience: World…

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three u.s. bombers found in pacific waters

FOR MORE THAN 75 YEARS, dozens of American airmen lost during a large-scale attack on Japanese positions in Micronesia have remained missing in action, their families never knowing the final resting place of their fallen relatives. Now some of these missing may soon be accounted for with the discovery of three American bombers on the Pacific Ocean floor. Nonprofit group Project Recover, in conjunction with the University of Delaware and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, discovered the likely remains of two SBD-5 Dauntless dive-bombers and a TBM/F-1 Avenger torpedo bomber after surveying more than 27 square miles of ocean in four sonar sweeps between April 2018 and December 2019. The bombers went down in 100 to 215 feet of water on February 17-18, 1944, during Operation Hailstone, a massive air attack on Imperial…

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brazen thieves snatch two armored carriers

IT SEEMS AS THOUGH it would be hard to hide two 3-ton World War II armored vehicles. But a training academy in Sheffield, England, is offering a £5,000 ($6,500) reward to anyone who can find two purloined Ford T-16 Universal Carriers—armored vehicles that transported troops and equipment, including the Bren machine gun, during the war. The carriers went missing last June. The Sheffield Sea Cadets, a charity that trains kids age 10 to 18 in sailing, camping, and other physical activities, imported two from Argentina, intending to have one “guard” the academy’s entrance and to sell the other for the equivalent of about $32,500. But when Sea Cadet First Lieutenant Chris Camps reached the storage depot, they were gone. An imposter had arrived earlier and made off with them.…