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    The Plot to Kidnap Washington

    In 1780 two British military officers planned a mission that could have changed the course of history. In February 1780 Lieutenant General Wilhelm von Knyphausen, the interim commander in chief of British forces in the New York area, and...

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    D-Day Revisited

    The author, laden with oral-history transcripts, spent a summer in Normandy studying the battle that marked the beginning of the end of the war in Europe.   AS PART OF THE RESEARCH for a book I am writing about D-Day, timed for the...

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    D-Day Through a German Lens

    As the Allies prepared for the Normandy invasion, what was the enemy thinking? We’ve all had the unhappy experience: the guests who wouldn’t leave. They show up unexpectedly and you scramble to respond, whipping together whatever food...

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    The Invasion of Cuba

    The greatest short-term mobilization since World War II took place during the missile crisis of 1962. The plans to take the island are revealed here for the first time.   Most published accounts and studies of the Cuban Missile Crisis...

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    Fertile Blood

    Medical progress, bought at the enormous cost of human lives, may be the most lasting and vital benefit of war.   “I am badly injured, Doctor; I fear I am dying… I think the wound in my shoulder is still bleeding.”...

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    The Man Who Saved Korea

    Matthew B. Ridgway, who brought a beaten Eighth Army back from disaster in 1951, was a thinking—and fighting—man’s soldier.   IF YOU ASKED A GROUP OF AVERAGE AMERICANS to name the greatest American general of the twentieth...

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    Failure is Not an Option

    George C. Marshall ruthlessly purged the ranks of his generals and set an enduring standard for what it takes to lead U.S. troops. WORLD WAR II BEGAN with a series of dismissals across the top ranks of the U.S. military. Less than two...

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    Until They Are Home: The Work of JPAC

    Decades after Carlson’s Raiders stormed Makin Island, an elite team of forensic sleuths found the remains of the Marines who died there. IT WAS WINDY AND RAINY, and Christmas was fast approaching on that day in 1999 when Hugh Thomason...

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    Burr in the Saddle

    Clashing with George Washington—and the British—a young Aaron Burr displays the martial spirit that would prove his undoing. He was only 19 in the summer of 1775when he arrived at the Continental Army encampment overlooking Boston....

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    A Time to Kill

    Fearing the apocalypse was near, Thomas of Marle and the knights of the First Crusade unleashed holy hell on Jerusalem. The climactic battle of the First Crusade ended with the victors bathing in the blood of the vanquished. On July 15, 1...

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    Experience: Prepare for War

    British troops en route to the Falklands gird for battle—and try to tame their jitters. At the start of the 1982 Falklands War, the BBC’s Brian Hanrahan was embedded with the troops on the British aircraft carrier Hermes as it left...

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    Gunning for Yellowstone

    Betrayal and bloodshed beget America’s first national park. On a warm evening in August 1869, a group of five Piegan Indians turned up unannounced at the home of fur trader turned rancher Malcolm Clarke, 25 miles north of Helena in...

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    William T. Sherman Joins the Navy

    Throughout the American Civil War, both sides understood the importance of railroads and rivers, the two primary means of moving goods and people across vast distances. In A Blaze of Glory, the first volume in Jeff Shaara’s Civil War...

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    ‘A Strange and Blighted Land’

    After the Rebels retreated, Gettysburg faced a second invasion, the work of thieves and scavengers, nurses and gravediggers. They came by the thousands to the scene of death and suffering. Some came to help the wounded and comfort the...

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    Guns Vs Pikes in the Habsburg-Valois Wars

    In 1522, Spanish infantrymen demonstrated the terrible power of firearms. Late in 1494, King Charles VIII of France marched into Italy at the head of a massive army—nearly 25,000 men, plus an artillery train of great siege cannons. This...

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    Alexander the Monster

    Historians say the battlefield atrocities of the Macedonian king were part of his brilliant military strategy. But were they really born of his personality? Alexander III, king of the ancient state of Macedon, is often heralded as one of...