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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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Submitted by
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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Steve Mercatante
on: Feb 22 2013 - 7:00pm

So, let me get this straight. The Pentagon is crying bloody murder about a sequester it's had well over an entire year to prepare for. Yet, in spite of the coming money crunch and impending doom on Wednesday out came this little goodie about the F-22 Raptor:

"Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (FA8611-13-D-2850) with a ceiling of $6,900,000,000 for F-22 modernization."

Mind you this contract was released at

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Jan 31 2013 - 2:34am

We are pleased to now feature the work of Lieutenant Colonel James T. McGhee. As of July 2012 he serves in the active U.S. Army as a Deputy Commander assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 75th Training Command in Denver, Colorado. He studied history at Southeast Missouri State University, is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and holds a Masters Degree in Military Studies from American Military University.

His article "In the Shadow of the Elites: The 9th SS Panzer Division

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Jan 24 2013 - 5:35pm

Good day. We just wanted to let you know that two new articles have now been posted to the Articles Section of The Globe At War. These articles are the first in our new "long-form" series that takes a more in depth look at historical events and/or recent/current military operations. What's more, our authors are both veterans of the U.S. Navy. Please read on for more about our authors and their work.

The first, "Sea Lion vs. Overlord" offers an in depth analysis and comparison of Germany's

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Jan 15 2013 - 11:47pm

Let's start with the good news. The Navy is 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 is welcome news since it has been just over four years since the Freedom was commissioned.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Jan 15 2013 - 12:46am

The USS Kittiwake was a US Navy submarine rescue ship built during WWII, and commissioned on July 16, 1945. Decommissioned in 1994, the Kittiwake was sunk early in 2011 as an artificial reef just off the island of Grand Cayman in the Caribbean Sea.

Though not a warship - in comparison to most modern corvettes and other such vessels the Kittiwake certainly ranks as good sized.

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Dec 11 2012 - 6:54pm

The Hartford Connecticut Police Department recently received quite a surprise when during a gun buy back program a woman walked into the station with a World War II era Sturmgewehr 44; widely recognized as the world's first assault rifle. Heavy and awkward by today's standards, nevertheless when introduced the Sturmgewehr quickly became a prized possession capable of laying down tremendous firepower at standard combat ranges.

Manufactured in Nazi Germany during World War II only around 400,000

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