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Steve Mercatante
on: Apr 25 2013 - 12:32am

Just an update on two new book reviews done by yours truly. The first has been published by the Michigan War Studies Review. In February I was asked to join their stable of reviewers and I wholeheartedly agreed. For those of you who haven't had a chance to take a look at the work done by the Michigan War Studies Review I can't recommend it enough. The Michigan War Studies Review (MiWSR, formerly MWSR) is an online scholarly journal affiliated with the Michigan War Studies Group and edited by

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Steve Mercatante
on: Apr 17 2013 - 7:12pm

During WWII's Normandy Campaign the inability of Allied tanks to compete against their German foes, primarily in terms of armored protection and armamanent, was and remains today a fairly well known story. Nevertheless, what is often forgotten is that by the summer of 1944 the British had found a simple, relatively cost effective solution to the problems posed by hard hitting German AFV's (Armored Fighting Vehicles).

What the British had discovered was that if they took a 17-pounder L/55

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Steve Mercatante
on: Apr 10 2013 - 4:06pm

Today, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2014 Budget. In spite of the sequester, and under the proposed budget, the Department of Defense will actually see its funding only marginally decrease from the enacted 2012 levels - a drop of $3.9 billion leading to a $526.6 billion allocation for the Pentagon's base budget.  Among the budget highlights are as follows:

$96.7 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations in 2013 (primarily meaning ongoing operations in Afghanistan).$95 million to
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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Mar 27 2013 - 12:13am

During last week's 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, a U.S. Army Veteran named Tomas Young, who signed up two days after 9/11 specifically to go after Osama Bin Laden, posted at Truthdig.com and Rolling Stone a searing indictment against former President George W. Bush and former Vice-President Dick Cheney. Note that while serving a tour of duty in Iraq Young was shot and paralyzed in 2004 and that he is currently dying of his wounds.

Needless to say this letter has stirred up a firestorm with

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Mar 22 2013 - 4:35pm

In January we reported that the U.S. Navy was preparing the first monohull designed LCS 1 (littoral combat ship) USS Freedom (in contrast to the trimaran design LCS 2 USS Independence) for its first deployment. This was welcome news considering the bevy of mechanical issues that had cropped up during sea trials in 2011.

Of course, on the eve of that deployment the roughly 3,000 ton combat ship was blasted in a report issued by the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Mar 20 2013 - 4:46pm

Another new "long-form" article is up in the Articles Section of The Globe At War. The U.S. 9th Armored Division in the Liberation of Western Czechoslovakia 1945 is by Bryan J. Dickerson, a military historian and former Religious Program Specialist 1st Class in the U.S.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Mar 18 2013 - 11:16pm

We have a brand new book review. Jonathan Beard has reviewed Paul Kennedy's Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War.  Mr. Beard is a freelance journalist, researcher and translator living in New York City.  He has worked for several science magazines, including New Scientist and Science Illustrated, and translated for various publications, including the late World Press Review.  He has written hundreds of book reviews for many publications.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Mar 12 2013 - 4:34pm

For those of you who don't know Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe is about to be published in the United Kingdom by Casemate. As such, Casemate recently interviewed author Steven D Mercatante regarding such topics as how he became interested in World War Two, whether he was nervous about challenging the conventional wisdom on the reasons for the outcome of the War in Europe, and more.

For instance, the interviewer asks "In contesting a widely accepted

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Steve Mercatante
on: Mar 5 2013 - 6:43pm

Another new "long-form" article is up in the Articles Section of The Globe At War. There at the End: The U.S. 16th Armored Division's Liberation of Plzen is by Bryan J. Dickerson, a military historian and former Religious Program Specialist 1st Class in the U.S.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Feb 26 2013 - 2:56am

World War II enthusiasts will almost assuredly find interesting our newest guest author's work: The T-34 in WWII: The Legend vs. The Performance. Author Nigel Askey graduated from the University of Sussex, in the UK, with an honours degree in physics. Since the early 1980s he has taken a keen interest in military history and military simulations. In 1997 he worked as a consultant for Talansoft Inc, on war games in their Campaign Series.

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