April 2012

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Taking the X on Iwo

X-shaped Airfield No. 2 was the prize that brought US Marines to rocky Iwo Jima. But it was a prize well guarded, and winning it would cost blood. By Eric Ethier

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Iwo Jima Snapshots

Clearing ash-coated Iwo Jima of its grim Japanese defenders was a grind unlike anything US marines had ever experienced before.

Dad Flew
with Doolittle

70 years ago, Colonel Jimmy Doolittle and his 79 men flew a daredevel first raid on Japan. Today, children of the raiders share stories their fathers told. By Susan Zimmerman

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The impossible raid

Just when Axis Japan felt invincible, Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle hit Tokyo with a daring bomber raid that shattered Hirohito’s peace of mind. By Richard Sassaman

Mountain Men

World-class skiers take up rifles and train to battle Nazis in Europe’s snowy heights with the 10th Mountain Division. By Joe Razes

Government Girl

A wartime Nebrarka teen remembers moving to Washington, DC, living in cramped dorms, working long hours typing for the FBI, and dating the occasional fresh GI. By Melissa Amateis Marsh

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Secretaries of War

Thousands of women spent the early 1940s working in government offices in Washington, DC, getting vital information into the right hands to keep the war machine running.



Kilroy Was Here

A note from our editor: "Pondering Pants"


Letters from our readers

Home Front

Who Wears the Pants?


Maria Montez

I Was There

The Boy Learns to Fly B-17s


Texas’s Surprising Pacific War Museum


The National Museum of the Pacific War

Readers’ memories of the war


Print ads from the war years

Books and Media

Our take on the latest releases

Theater of War

Kelly’s Heroes

Web Extra: Footage

Official 1970 Movie Trailer

78 RPM

Dinah Shore

WWII Events

A calendar of present-day happenings


Down on the Tank Farm