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    The Breaking of Armies

    In 1917 the British mustered their resources for one last great offensive to break through German positions outside Ypres....

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    Reviews | Reaching Verdicts

    “Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat,” Napoleon wrote. Not Napoleon Bonaparte; Napoleon Hill, the American self-help author who vaul­ted to fame in 1927 with The Law of Success. In Adam...

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    Poetry | Heading My Way

    Brian Turner earned a master of fine arts in poetry from the University of Oregon before serving for seven years in the U.S. Army. He deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division in 1999–2000 and then spent a year in...

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    The Day the Earth Blew Open

    “Gentlemen, we may not make history tomorrow,” General Hubert Plumer reportedly told his staff, “but we shall certainly change the geography.” IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF JUNE 7, 1917, ONE OF THE LARGEST NONNUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS in...

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    Laws of War | Cruel and Not Unusual

    In 1865 more than a dozen African-American volunteers in the Union army paid dearly for their role in “The Jacksonville Mutiny.”...

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    Experience | The Ace

    Legendary pilot Chuck Yeager flew numerous combat missions during World War II. Here are some of his stories...

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    Night of the Long Knives

    Adolf Hitler needed Ernst Röhm and his storm troops to climb to power in faction-torn Germany. Then came the day he didn’t need them anymore. IN THE CHILLY DAWN OF JUNE 30, 1934, TWO BLACK MERCEDES-BENZ automobiles wound their way...

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    Classic Dispatches | Massacre at Majuba

    Thomas Fortescue Carter had never before worked as a war correspondent when he found himself, at age 22, covering the Anglo-Boer War of 1880–1881. “It was the first time I had been under fire,” he would write, “and I confess that...

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    MHQ Book Review: Fighting Techniques of the Early Modern World

    Fighting Techniques of the Early Modern World, AD 1500-1763: Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics Christer Jørgenson, Michael F. Pavkovic, Rob S. Rice, Frederick C. Schneid, and Chris L. Scott, Thomas Dunne Books, 2005, 256 pages,...

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    MHQ Book Review: The Utility of Force

    The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World General Rupert Smith, Knopf, 2007, 416 pages, $30. Frustrated with endless struggles in Iraq, Palestine, the Middle East, Afghanistan, and the Balkans? General Smith says these...

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    MHQ Book Review: Fighting for the Fatherland

    Fighting for the Fatherland: The Story of the German Soldier From 1648 to the Present Day David Stone, Potomac Books, 2006, 464 pages, $29.95. David Stone, a British military historian, has produced an exhaustive history of the Prussian...

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    MHQ Book Review: MacArthur

    MacArthur Richard B. Frank, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, 198 pages, $21.95. Douglas Macarthur was pointed almost from birth toward military achievement. His father was a general in the Civil War who earned the Medal of Honor. Intelligent and...

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    Showing Too Much of the Horrors of War

    Frank Brangwyn’s realistic portrayals of combat shocked Great Britain’s War Department, but recruiting officers begged him for more. In 1914 newsreels were an infant technology and radio broadcasts had not begun, but the poster was...

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    Blood and Butchery in the Crimea

    Long months spent in the trenches during the siege of Sevastopol convinced a French lieutenant of war’s futility. Charles Duban was born in Dijon, France, in January 1827. His father was a Napoleonic war veteran who had left the army an...

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    The Ultimate Weapon

    Precision-guided munitions have changed the modern battlefield, and in the process created a new American way of war. On March 30, 1972, as American troop strength in Vietnam fell to a seven-year low—well below the hundred-thousand...

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    European Power Projection

    Far from an inexorable march of conquest, Western Europe’s early military forays around the world rode an ebb and flow tide of mercantilism. During the period from 1500 to 1800, the nations of Western Europe burst onto the world stage...