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    Hard Liquor, Easy Duty

    The 15th United States Infantry Regiment at Tientsin—”the Can Do Boys,” as they liked to be called—may have had a very martial-sounding motto, but they didn’t do much. They didn’t have to; they had the cushiest...

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    Poetry | The Fallen Volunteer

    A collection of Sorley’s poetry, Marlborough and Other Poems, was published posthumously in 1916. His last poem was discovered in his kit bag after his death....

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    Why Hitler Declared War on the United States

    Was it an irrational act? Hardly. Pearl Harbor merely gave him the excuse he had long been seeking.     WHEN NEWS OF THE JAPANESE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR reached Germany, its leadership was absorbed by the crisis in its war...

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    Laws of War | The Murky Line

    What happens when civilian law and military law collide? An 1887 case helped to settle the question...

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    Why Weren’t We Warned?

    For America, the greatest single controversy of the Second World War has always been the attack on Pearl Harbor. The success of the Japanese assault seared the psyche of the nation. How, with the United States reading the highest-level...

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    Classic Dispatches | The Great Exodus

    Cowles detailed her experiences as a war correspondent in her first book, "Looking for Trouble," published in 1941, from which the narrative that follows is excerpted...

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    Artists | Sketches of War

    Victor Lundy is best known as a modernist architect. But a set of his old sketchbooks offers a vivid visual diary of life—and death—in wartime...

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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...