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Posted on Oct 21, 2006 in Armchair Reading

Please make an “Eastern Front” issue!

By Victor Cantu

I love ARMCHAIR GENERAL! Like most of your readers, I am most interested in WWII. As every good student of WWII knows, by far the most ‘action’ occurred with the fighting between the Nazis & the USSR.

Please could you create an "EASTERN FRONT" issue? It would sell like hotcakes! There are endless possibilities for it. Both ‘regular’ & interactive articles. I’m sure it would also increase your advertising revenue as well as your subscriptions.

Anxiously awaiting,

Victor Cantu

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Dear Mr. Cantu,

Thanks very much for your email to Armchair General and for your kind comments on our magazine. We always appreciate hearing from our readers and thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts on the magazine.

World War II’s Eastern Front remains a popular subject amongst those interested in articles on the Second World War — by far the most popular era of military history for our readers, as indicated in reader polls we’ve conducted on our website. In this regard, we have often featured articles on the Eastern Front. For example, our Battlefield Leader article in the September 2005 issue was on Marshal Zhukov and the What Next General article in that issue placed readers in Zhukov’s boots as he fought the Japanese at the battle of Khalkin Gol in the Soviet Far East. Other examples include our What Next General article on Vatutin at Kursk, Commander Dossier article on Marshal Rokossovsky (along with a companion Weapon Files article on Russia’s T-34 tank), a You Command on the Battle of Mtsensk in 1941 and numerous others.

ACG does not publish "theme" issues, as most of our readers prefer a mix of eras  in each issue — however, as a reader of ACG you’ll note that World War II continues to be the most popular era and, therefore, makes up a large proportion of our articles.

You will certainly want to buy our upcoming March 2007 issue (goes on sale in late-January/early-February 2007) as it contains Eastern Front articles: Witness to War is on a female Soviet sniper at Stalingrad in 1942 (with our photographer, Seimon Pugh-Jones’ wonderful combat recreation photographs!) and the issue’s Combat! article is about a German infantry unit fighting Soviet partisans. The following issue (May 2007) will contain a special History in Depth article titled "Shattering the Wehrmacht Myth: How the Red Army Really Beat Hitler" by historian Jon Jordan.

We’ll continue to feature Eastern Front articles in ACG and hope you enjoy them. Please note that we are featuring a special subscription rate for ACG. If you do not already subscribe, now is a great time to do it.


Jerry Morelock

Editor in Chief, Armchair General Magazine