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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...

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    Revolution Unleashed

    In the 1950s, Algerian rebels fought the French for independence, losing nearly every battle, but winning the war. Glasses tinkled and voices rose and fell with laughter at the Milk-Bar, a soda shop in the European section of Algiers, the...

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    Fooled Again

    A band of 57 Modoc warriors repeatedly outsmarted and outfought U.S. Army troops in California’s rugged high desert. On the cold, flint-gray morning of November 29, 1872, as sleet drummed the frozen earth, 37 troopers of Company B, 1st...

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    Play It Again, Putzi

    A piano-playing Nazi official charmed Hitler, then betrayed him to the United States. During the height of World War II, a longtime intimate of Adolf Hitler lived as a pampered prisoner on a Virginia plantation eight miles from the White...

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    Tactical Exercises: Art of the Siege

    A Byzantine emperor’s military manual describes how psychological warfare can break the will of the enemy. Leo VI, the Byzantine emperor from AD 886 to 912, was an extraordinary armchair general. Though he probably never set foot on the...

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    MHQ Letters from Readers- Summer 2011

    Who’s to Blame for the PT-109 Disaster? I HAVE BEEN WAITING almost 50 years for this article “War of Revenge,” Spring 2011. I was 13 when I first read an account of the sinking of the PT-109 and wrote a book report that said I...

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    The American Rommel

    Major General John Wood Showed Patton and the rest of the high command how to fight a true lightning war.   THE HISTORIC FRENCH TOWN OF TROYES CONTROLLED an important stretch of the upper Seine River, so it was a likely spot for the...

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    The Maccabees of St. Gall

    Ninth-century Benedictine monks created a beautifully illustrated account of the Jewish revolt of 174 BC. In the modern imagination, the medieval knight is a glamorous figure. No other warrior in Western history seems so admirable, so...

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    Death From Below

    In World War I, whole companies of men were assigned to burrow beneath enemy soldiers, then blow them sky high. They called themselves moles. Most were short, wiry men from the mines of Great Britain and Canada and Australia. Their special...