Berlin just after war’s end

A mere 15 years later, as a military kid living in Germany, my 8th grade class had a three day field trip to Berlin. It was completely rebuilt in the western side. We loved the place. My father flew for 15 months in the Berlin airlift, an extraordinary military-led...

Kerry’s Loose Talk

In the 2004 presidential election, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ran ads attacking John Kerry’s war record in Vietnam. To many, this was just dirty politics, a smear. In fact, they’ve managed to turn “swiftboating” into a synonym for a...

A Train Near Magdeburg

First person history. Excerpt from Wayne Robinson, Move out Verify: the Combat Story of the 743rd Tank Battalion (Germany, no publisher, 1945) There was another sidelight to the death of fascism in Europe.  Only a few of the battalion saw it.  Those who did will...

what it takes to win

Jay Nordlinger Last week, I wrote about a visit to the hydroelectric plant in Telemark, Norway, where those brave saboteurs on skis slowed the Nazis’ drive for an A-bomb. I said I had a memory from student days. It was the historian Ernest May, I think, who told us,...

can we still win wars?

Victor Davis Hanson: Can We Still Win Wars? Given that the United States fields the costliest, most sophisticated, and most lethal military in the history of civilization, that should be a silly question. We have enough conventional and nuclear power to crush any of...