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Steve Mercatante
on: Oct 17 2014 - 6:37pm

By Bryan J. Dickerson*

In the summer of 1914, the Great Powers of Europe plunged into the first of two calamitous world wars.   This year, as part of the efforts to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Great War, the National Archives of the United Kingdom, the Imperial War Museum and Zooniverse have teamed up for Operation War Diary.  The goal of this online archival project is to open up greater access to records of the Great War for historians and the general public.

Launched earlier

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Oct 14 2014 - 10:12pm

I just finished Norbert Szamveber’s Waffen-SS Armour in Normandy. The book review can be found here.

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Oct 3 2014 - 3:11pm

I just finished Tomb of the Panzerwaffe: The Defeat of the Sixth SS Panzer Army in Hungary 1945 and really enjoyed it. You can read the full review here.

 
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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Sep 16 2014 - 8:08pm

By Bryan J. Dickerson*

This week marks the 100th Anniversary of the First Battle of the Aisne, a pivotal battle which marked a major transformation in the nature of fighting on the Western Front during the First World War.   Among the many German, French and British units that fought on the Aisne River was the 1st Battalion / Royal Highlanders.

After the outbreak of war, German armies swept through Belgium and across the French frontier in accordance with a plan commonly named for Field

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Sep 11 2014 - 12:55pm

Good morning. The Michigan War Studies Review has published my review of Lev Lopukhovsky's The Viaz'ma Catastrophe, 1941: The Red Army's Disastrous Stand against Operation Typhoon. For readers possessing a bit of background knowledge on the subject matter this is a superb book offering new insight into one of the most important campaigns of the Second World War.

If you are interested in how and why the Wehrmacht during Operation Typhoon was able to wreck the most powerful Fronts in the Red

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Aug 11 2014 - 8:40pm

There are 17 intact Avro Lancaster Bombers remaining in the world. Nevertheless, only two are flyable. One is an Avro Lancaster from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the other is Britain’s and is flown by the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF).

Last week the Canadian Lancaster arrived at RAF Coningby, Lincolnshire, U.K to join its British peer. The two bombers will spend several months touring the UK as part of a busy schedule of 60 airshows.

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Jul 16 2014 - 3:07pm

Hardly a week goes by without either the Pentagon itself or some establishment figure bemoaning the fiscal cliff deal and sequester whose cuts to the military budget began in 2013. Media outlets amplify and blindly parrot these dire warnings regarding the U.S. military's ability to keep America safe if the sequester cuts are not rolled back.

But how bad have these cuts really been?

A recent look at the numbers suggests not bad at all.

For instance, according to the Government Printing Office

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Jun 6 2014 - 2:10pm

On June 6, 1944 the Anglo-American led alliance invaded Nazi occupied France. Known today as D-Day it would be the greatest invasion in history. And though the Red Army was by June of 1944 well into the process of bleeding the Wehrmacht white, inflicting approximately 80% of Germany's Second World War military casualties, this should not take away from the considerable achievement that is since remembered today and forever since as D-Day.

It was actually on June 5, 1944 that D-Day could really

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: May 26 2014 - 8:08pm

On this Memorial Day, and with the pending 70 year anniversary of the June 6, 1944 D-Day landings in Normandy, France, I want to highlight the often overlooked sacrifice of those U.S. servicemen killed while preparing for the most famous invasion in modern military history.

In the months leading up to the June 6th Allied invasion of Nazi occupied France the assault divisions went through an intensive training regimen. Needless to say there were many fatal mistakes.

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Apr 30 2014 - 6:54pm

Good Afternoon. I just wanted to let everybody know that the Michigan War Studies Review has published my review of Dennis Showalter's Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II. I am happy to say that this is a wonderful book, unlike the last book I reviewed for them (David Stahel's lamentably lacking Operation Typhoon), especially in terms of introducing the general World War II enthusiast to an accurate and well written description of this very important battle.

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