Military History

Interview War of Words

Guy Stern

Early in World War II the U.S. Army recognized its need for skilled linguists to interrogate captured enemy troops or conduct covert operations in Axis-controlled areas. Recruits included both Americans possessing German, Italian and Japanese language skills and immigrants who had fled Europe and Asia for the United States. Among them were the “Ritchie Boys,” some 15,200 men who attended the Military Intelligence Training Center at Camp Ritchie, Md. Many were German- and Austrian-born Jews who had fled Adolf Hitler’s genocidal Nazi regime—making them most determined enemies of the Third Reich. Military History recently spoke with Guy Stern, a “Ritchie Boy” and Bronze Star recipient. Stern, 98, is a former professor of German literature and cultural history at Invisible Ink

Sie lesen eine Vorschau. Registrieren Sie sich, um mehr zu lesen.

Mehr von Military History

Military History1 min gelesen
War For Sale
Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s Rising Sun rank flag, which flew from the bridge of the battleship Nagato during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, recently fetched $40K at auction. A member of the U.S. Navy prize crew that boarded the cap
Military History3 min gelesen
Hallowed Ground The Great Chain, West Point, N.Y.
From the outset of the American Revolutionary War it was apparent to the combatant armies that control of the Hudson River Valley would in all likelihood determine the outcome of the conflict. Certainly British domination of the valley would effectiv
Military History12 min gelesen
‘Ablest Soldier Of His Age’
The military profession today is a matter of nationality. Modern-era soldiers spend their careers serving the country of their citizenship. It wasn’t always that way. In centuries past the international brotherhood of arms was almost a nationality in