V-E Day in Perspective: How Different Originally Were Each of the Allies Own Plans to Defeat Hitler?

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Today May 8th, 2017 is the 72nd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. The very day the guns fell silent in Europe, and the world rejoiced in the defeat of Nazism. Yet in the popular narrative of the Second World War, the cooperation between the Allies is taken for granted. The reality of the Alliance full of growing pains and family squabbles as they learned to fight as an effective coalition is often glossed over in favor of representing a monolithic force of Allied “good” verses Hitler/Axis “evil”. Though a commendable aim, the process of how such varied and diametrically different global powers as the United Kingdom, United States, and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics could compromise to create a plan to liberate Europe is more laudable still.

So, how did these three very different Allies envision total victory, and how did they make the most successful military alliance in history work?

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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The Complete Guide to WWII in 10 Books


It’s fair to ask, “Could there possibly be a comprehensive list of books that encompasses arguably the greatest cataclysm in history?” Never mind accomplishing such a feat with only ten books. The final decision must ultimately be left to the reader, but what follows is a credible assemblage of works worthy of being called “a complete guide” to the Second World War.

First, the ground rules guiding the title selection:

This collection does not contain any first person memoirs or accounts from major political figures (e.g. Winston Churchill’s History of the Second World War). Neither does it contain any biographies nor what might be considered “traditional” choices on the subject (e.g. William L. Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich). Finally, encyclopedic A-Z volumes of World War II have not been included because, while informative, this group tends to lack  a greater sense of contextual focus.

Each title listed below is meant to examine a very specific and very important aspect of the war. When taken as a whole, these 10 books will provide a vast and varied perspective of the war.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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Pearl Harbor in Perspective: What Happened Around The World The Day Japan Attacked?


December 7th, 1941 holds a singular place in America’s historical memory. It is the day that changed the national identity and destiny as few others. Like many Americans, my early introduction to the Second World War began with the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the war in the Pacific. It is natural for one to be drawn to the history of their own country, however it is but one piece a midst the greatest cataclysm in human history. For everything Pearl Harbor entails in American history, it is one of several major events in the war on that day. So, what kind of world did this attack draw the U.S. into? This is a global snapshot of that global conflict as it was on that quiet Sunday morning, 75 years ago today.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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Royal Find at King Arthur’s Legendary Birthplace



Gallos sculpture by Rubin Eynon is on the Tintagel campus.

By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief

Cornwall, United Kingdom – A five year archaeological dig at Tintagel, the location of King Arthur‘s birth according to chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth – has shown that the site may indeed have been a royal seat.

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Alexander The Great And The Mystery of Kasta Hill



Alexander and Hephaestion  (Image Credit: Public Domain/Wikicommons

By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-In-Chief

In 2014, archaeologist working in the Macedonia region of Greece uncovered the largest ancient tomb to date.  Preliminary analysis placed the Tumulus of Kasta Hill’s construction in the era of Alexander the Great and many speculated the grand burial site belonged to the leader himself.  TGNR followed the discovery closely until it was overshadowed by the Greek financial crisis and the Syrian refugee surge.  Now, two years later, new evidence has surfaced and the story continues. Continue reading