Firsthand accounts

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Old Soldier Stories: ‘Not Its Forte’

    Union Colonel Robert Gould Shaw did have a soft side, as shown in his many letters to his family and future wife, Annie, but he was also a stickler for military discipline and had little patience for the Federal government’s handling of...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    ‘I Feel Out Of Place’

    “The army that marched Sherman from Atlanta to the Atlantic was probably the with finest army of military ‘workmen’ the modern world has seen. An army of individuals trained in the school of experience to look after their own food...

  • World War II Magazine

    Surprised Outside Strass

    An unexpected encounter with an enemy outpost on the fringes of the Hürtgen Forest taught a young infantry lieutenant a costly lesson about the confusion and carnage of infantry combat. On December 16, 1944, the German army crashed...

  • World War II Magazine

    One Man’s War: Donald Love

    NAME: Donald Love DATE ENTERED SERVICE: January 6, 1936 CAMPAIGNS: Operation Market-Garden DECORATIONS: 1939-45 Star, Aircrew Europe Star with France & Germany clasp, Defense Medal, War Medal The ground phase of Operation Market-Garden...

  • World War II Magazine

    Secretary to a Master Spy

    My career in “espionage” began with my friend Marianne, who worked at the German Embassy in Tokyo. Given that the wartime situation made it difficult for the embassy to get qualified typists from Germany, she told the employment...

  • World War II Magazine

    Final Spasm on Sulfur Island

    Comfortably bedded down for the night, VII Fighter Command personnel on Iwo Jima were rudely awakened by the sudden appearance of hundreds of Japanese soldiers bent on their destruction. Almost again standing at ease, Lieutenant General...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Letters from Readers- March 2006

    GREETINGS FROM GUAM I deeply apologize for my long delay in letting you know that I received the magazine with your article on the George Ray Tweed story you sent me (“Undercover,” June 2005). You did a great job. It was well written,...

  • World War II Magazine

    One Man’s War: Walter B. Shambarger

    NAME: Walter B. Shambarger DATE ENTERED SERVICE: October 8, 1942 CAMPAIGNS: Normandy, Northern France DECORATIONS: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster Walter Shambarger was in his third year at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University when he...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Letters from Readers- April 2006

    MURMANSK MEMORIES I feel compelled to write you concerning the article “A Most Creditable Action,” in the November 2005 issue, describing Royal Navy Captain Robert St. Vincent Sherbrooke and his command of convoy escorts on the...

  • World War II Magazine

    Armored Debut on the Road to Damortis

    The subsequent exploits of U.S. armored forces during World War II have overshadowed the first action involving American tankers. The United States’ first World War II tank versus tank engagement was no grand, dashing maneuver on the...

  • World War II Magazine

    Typhoon Strikes

    Rather than escorting the mighty bomber formations that were pummeling the Third Reich in the last year of the war, Canadian Harry Hardy flew nearly 100 ground-attack missions on a combat tour that took him from Falaise to the Rhine....

  • World War II Magazine

    A WAVE and Magic

    My war was not one of combat heroism or being sent to far distant shores. I was stationed relatively close to my home, and at no time did I feel that I was in any great danger. For all of that, I think my service was unique and, I hope, of...

  • World War II Magazine

    One Man’s War: Cliff Bennett

    NAME: Cliff Bennett DATE ENTERED SERVICE: April 2, 1943 CAMPAIGNS: China-Burma-India, Air Offensive Japan, China Defense DECORATIONS: Five Campaign Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal, Victory Medal The story of the war...

  • World War II Magazine

    From Blitz to Normandy

    As his company rose up and began to advance into the cornfield, Blitz veteran Richard G. Clements thought it looked like something from a B movie—then the SS Panzergrenadiers defending the Norman village of Maltot opened fire. By 1942...

  • World War II Magazine

    In the Ashes of the Reich

    Dodging a torrent of fire from Red Army soldiers to deliver dispatches from Adolf Hitler’s Berlin bunker, Hitler Youth member Armin Lehmann witnessed the dying days of the only world he had ever known. Raised on the lies of their elders,...

  • World War II Magazine

    One Man’s War: Gordon Jackson

    NAME: Gordon Jackson DATE ENTERED SERVICE: September 1939 DECORATIONS: Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, 1939-1945 Star My decision to join the Canadian Permanent Force in September 1939 was easy. A couple of my...