History of War Issue 73
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Published 3rd October
In September 1939, as the Nazi campaigns in Western Europe gained momentum, a remote but nonetheless consequential struggle was concluding in Mongolia. Beginning as a minor border skirmish, the Battles of Khalkhin Gol saw thousands of Japanese and Soviet infantry, armour and aircraft deployed along the vast grasslands surrounding the Khalkha River.
Among the Soviet officers in charge was Corps Commander Georgy Zhukov, who would later take his experiences from Khalkhin Gol and apply them on the decisive Eastern Front against German divisions. In History of War issue 73, historian Anthony Tucker-Jones explores how Zhukov made his name during this brief but bloody encounter, and how he developed his strategies for future battles with Nazi forces.
Elsewhere this issue, journalist and historian Hareth Al Bustani explores how the arrival of firearms to Japan radically changed the battlefields of the samurai. Back with another gripping story of Polish WWII heroism, documentary filmmaker and researcher Marianna Bukowski tackles this month’s Great Battles with a blow-by-blow account of General Maczek’s Armoured Division during the Battle of the Falaise Pocket.
Also in issue 73, Features Editor Tom Garner spoke with US veteran Pete Shaw. He shares his experiences fighting across Europe, from the beaches of Normandy, to the heart of the Reich. Tom also spoke with world-renowned historian Antony Beevor about his new book on Operation Market Garden.