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Letter from Military History – July 2008

  What were they thinking? is a valid question when reviewing a campaign, battle or other military maneuver and seeking to understand why the recorded actions were taken. Why did the Persian cavalry fail...
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Letter From Military History – April 2008

At the end of the 1954 film The Bridges at Toko-Ri, based on James Michener's novel about combat in Korea, two downed American fliers are trapped in a ditch and killed by Communist soldiers, and the narrator...
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Letter From Military History – February 2008

The Right Question Detective stories have an evergreen popularity that precedes any star power of their protagonists or the suspenseful twists and turns of an ingenious plot. Much of the attraction lies in...
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Letter From Military History – December 2007

War and Memory Paul Fussell, the distinguished literary critic, historian and combat veteran (as an infantry lieutenant he fought and was wounded in France in 1945) recently commented on some of the most...
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Letter From Military History – November 2007

All Warfare Is Local When the late Massachusetts Congressman and Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill famously and shrewdly observed, “All politics is local,” he meant...