Images of War: The Vought F4U Corsair

The Bent-Winged Bird…. Whistling Death… Those two nicknames for this iconic WWII aircraft not only conjure up its reputation as a machine to be loved by friends and feared by enemies; they also happen to reference two of the central design features that made it powerful enough and fast enough to have been the second longest-produced fighter in U.S. aviation history–after only the F4 Phantom jet.

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The Arras Counter-attack, 1940

Making ample use of eyewitness accounts from war diaries on both sides, and with a wealth of maps and photos in support, Arras Counterattack: 1940 follows developments from the British assembly areas and start lines to their high-water marks and Rommel’s improvised defense and riposte, achieving an immediacy that conveys to readers something very close to “what it was really like” on that day nearly 80 years ago.

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Book Review: Night Duel Over Germany

Peter Jacobs’ impressively researched account will engross students of the air war in Europe with two parallel tracks: first, the evolution of each side’s strategies and tactics and second, perhaps even more fascinatingly, the desperate technological race that ensued between Bomber Command, as it tried to find its targets in the dark, and the Luftwaffe’s Nachtjagd, as it in turn tried to find and destroy the intruding British bombers.

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