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    1939 Polish Cavalry vs. German Panzers

    The real story is far more interesting than the enduring Nazi-promulgated myth. On September 1, 1939, German land, air, and sea units struck targets all across Poland. Although it was not a surprise attack, the speed and level of violence...

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    To Catch a Traitor

    Recruited by George Washington to kidnap the turncoat Benedict Arnold, John Champe had to join the British himself to trap his man. On September 25, 1780, George Washington was scheduled to inspect West Point with Major General Benedict...

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    Shooting Down a Legend

    Despite its enduring fame, the Red Baron’s slow, crash-prone Fokker triplane was no great fighting machine. High over La Neuville airfield in occupied France, October 30, 1917, a lone Fokker triplane soared through the late afternoon...

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    Everyman’s Gun- The AK-47

    How Cold War politics made the AK-47 the world’s most ubiquitous gun. Plus—Fidel, Saddam, and the history of automatic weapons. One weapon alone has been a consistent presence in modern war: the infantry rifle. Tanks can rout...

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    ‘A Madman’s Business’

    Death was everywhere at Cold Harbor in 1864, but the point of the killing and the war itself seemed lost. THE REVERED CIVIL WAR HISTORIAN and writer Bruce Catton won a Pulitzer Prize in 1954 for A Stillness at Appomattox, his account of...

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    Churchill at War: Scandinavian Twist

    Churchill’s fiasco in Norway in 1940 propelled him into office—and ensured Hitler would fail to turn back the D-Day invasion four years later. On April 15, 1940, utterly alone and deeply worried, the commander in chief of Germany’s...

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    Tactical Exercises: Fear the Phalanx

    The Macedonian formation terrified opponents— and at times overwhelmed the vaunted Roman legion. ONE DAY in late June 168 Rome and Macedon were encamped be- tween Mount Olympus and the port city BC, the armies of of Pydna in Macedonia....

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    MHQ Letters from Readers- Winter 2011

    Illusions of victory WHEN I READ your magazine, I seek to learn about new subjects or aspects of the familiar that I had not considered. But “Blinded by Hope” Autumn 2010, by Thomas Fleming, left me unenlightened and, frankly, angry....

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    Artists on War: If at First You Do Succeed

    John Trumbull painted three versions of The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar. He always considered the first effort his best. THE AMERICAN Revolution culminated in failure for the British. But even as it was unfolding, Britain was...

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    Wellesley’s Trial

    How the calcified British high command nearly sacrificed the young general— and Britain’s future—after he defeated the French in 1808. Victory on the battlefield can be easily frittered away. Anyone familiar with the British Army in...

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    The End of Athens

    A demagogue, a treacherous ally, and a brutal Roman general destroyed the city-state—and democracy—in the first century BC. Two scenes from Athens in the first century BC: Early summer, 88 BC A cheering crowd surrounds the envoy...

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    Getting the Truth Out

    Ten Americans made a daring escape from the Japanese and shocked the home front with the first detailed account of the Bataan Death March. One day in early May 1943, ten American servicemen emerged from the jungle on the northern coast of...

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    Lee Takes Charge

    McClellan thought he was timid. Newspapers called him ‘Granny Lee.’ But once in command, the general attacked quickly and boldly. The musketry and artillery fire had died away with nightfall on May 31, 1862. For most of that day, the...

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    Arms and Men: Underwater Terror

    The plucky Bushnell brothers invented the military submarine, frightened the mighty British fleet, and gave George Washington a bit of hope. LEONARDO da Vinci, a great dabbler in military machines, once sketched designs for a crude subma-...

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    MHQ Letters from Readers- Spring 2011

    Poland’s Just Deserts I WOULD LIKE to thank John Dunn, author of “1939: Polish Cavalry vs. German Panzers” Winter 2011. Far too often, the contributions of Poland—the “first ally,” as English historian Norman Davies calls...

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    The Battle of Algiers, Torture, and Marcel Bigeard

    IN LATE 1956 FRENCH AUTHORITIES concluded they had to stop the protests and terrorist bombings in Algiers. The 10th Parachute Division assumed civil and military powers in the Algerian capital and its paras set about destroying the...