by | Sep 1, 2019

August 31, 2019 It’s impossible to believe, but time passes so quickly that it’s now 80 years almost to the hour that World War II in Europe began with the Nazi invasion of Poland. I’m 74, so it was not…

by | Aug 3, 2019

Tin Cans and Greyhounds: The Destroyers That Won Two World Wars By Clint Johnson (Regnery History, 307 pages, $29.99) Let’s get this out of the way up front. Johnson’s subtitle — “The Destroyers That Won Two World Wars”— is an exaggeration….

by | Jul 21, 2019

A century ago, in July 1919, Germany began its journey to the lowest reaches of Hades. Another 26 years would pass before a previously civilized, enlightened people finally emerged, their nation in ruins, its cities bombed and its countryside occupied….

by | Jul 4, 2019

The absence of signage made finding it a challenge. It was a steamy-hot summer day on Okinawa. Leaving the comfortable air conditioning of the taxi, my sunglasses immediately fogged up. As a native of the American South, I am used…

by | Jun 21, 2019

The concentration camps were not just barbaric, they also served a political function. They made death anonymous. They removed any meaning from death as they made the extinction of life, in such a mechanized fashion, a statement about its worthlessness….

by | Jun 9, 2019

Saturday night and Mr Chow is hopping. It’s a fashionable, delicious Chinese bistro and as I waited for my guests, Magic Johnson walked in and upstairs to a private dining room. My guests came. Three astonishingly healthy-looking men from Holland,…

by | Jun 4, 2019

The Battle of Midway began 77 years ago, today. This anniversary (if that, indeed, is the right word) will be noted but not so lavishly as the one in two days time, in remembrance of D-Day. These were both great…

by | May 28, 2019

1. God bless for all time the fliers and support crews of the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain. 2. Let us be on our knees to the freedom fighters of Poland, Jewish and Catholic, who fought with…

by | Feb 1, 2019

Later this month will mark the 75th anniversary of the biggest air battle — actually week of air battles — of World War II. Operation Argument, informally known to the flyers who had to execute it and the journalists who wrote about it as Big Week, is not as well-known as other turning point engagements in the war. But it should be. 

by | Nov 23, 2018

It’s appropriate that I started writing this on Thanksgiving morning. We all have every reason to be thankful for the courageous Americans who stood up and did their duty during WWII, including the flyers military historian Bruce Gamble brings us in the very readable Kangaroo Squadron.

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