World War II

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The Sherman Tank

Building the Sherman Tank In 1940, in the light of the successful use of panzers in the European war, the US Army decided to start a rapid tank-building programme. Rather than adapting existing engineering plants, the President of Chrysler suggested constructing a brand new Tank Arsenal just outside Detroit, the home of the US car industry. Adopting the mass-production techniques used for making cars, this huge new […]

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Great Commanders – Yamashita

Graham Goodlad reviews the career of Tomoyuki Yamashita, ‘the Tiger of Malaya’, who was responsible for the fall of Singapore in 1942.

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WAR ON FILM – The Longest Day

Taylor Downing takes a look at how 1960s Hollywood dealt with one of the most important days of the Second World War. ‘Hollywood meets D-Day’ is probably the best way to describe the all-star spectacular The Longest Day released in 1962. Most of the key players in early 1960s Hollywood competed to be in the […]

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Your MH – Glider Pilots at Arnhem

Alan Jamieson tells the story of Mike Hall, a glider pilot who survived the 1944 Battle of Arnhem. On 12 September 1944, more than 100 officers assembled in what had once been Lady Ebury’s bedroom in Moor Park, an elegant 18th-century mansion near Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire. Lieutenant-General ‘Boy’ Browning and Major- General Roy Urquhart, who […]

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BEHIND THE IMAGE – ‘Forcibly Pulled Out of Dug-outs’

In May 1944, an official document was prepared by Jürgen Stroop detailing the suppression of the Warsaw Uprising. The 75-page report was put together for the benefit of Heinrich Himmler and assembled as if it were a souvenir album. The contents of the report, despite the design, contained images of a stricken city razed to […]

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Sinking the Bismarck – Map of the last voyage of the Bismarck

In this map specially prepared for Military Times, we chart the last journey of the Bismarck in May 1941. Here the course of the Bismarck is depicted in black, and the British forces in red. To read the full feature about the Bismarck, read the April issue of Military Times

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Victory Jive

Don’t miss the National Army Museum’s stylish summer swing dance this weekend. With only a couple of days left, sure to get your ticket to this authentic ’40s dance night,set to burst with Big Band Swing, fancy footwork and serious style. It’s a night of hot steps and high glamour as guests don their finest […]

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WWII Facts – Interesting facts about the Second World War

Complimenting our fact-files on Spitfire, Churchill, Hitler and Stalin, Military Times has compiled a list of frequently baffling facts about the Second World War. Many of these have been widely reported and circulated, entering the annals of modern folk-lore.  Yet like all legends, they have been embellished over time, either by hyperbole or simple miss-reporting. Whilst […]

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The Battle of Britain, by James Holland

The Battle of Britain: five months that changed history, May-October 1940 Those with a special interest in the Battle of Britain or air war more generally will enjoy this book. It is a lively, detailed, not to say exhaustive narrative of the entire battle. Careful attention is given to both sides. The story is told […]

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