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    MHQ Letters from Readers- Summer 2012

    In Defense of FDR Thank you for Joseph E. Persico’s excellent article “Did Roosevelt Doom Us to a Longer War?” Spring 2012. In all the “what ifs” of World War II, the timing of the Allied invasion of France still generates...

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    Napoleon’s Desert Storm

    Why Western armies win battles— but not wars—in the Muslim world. Crimson and azure robes embroidered with silver and gold flashed in the hot Egyptian sun as 7,000 Mamluk cavalry trotted toward the invaders, Napoleon Bonaparte’s Army...

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    Behind the Lines: Born of Blood and Compassion

    A witness to the carnage of a Crimean War battle founds the Red Cross. Sometime during the sweltering day of June 24, 1859, Jean Henri Dunant inadvertently stumbled into the crevasse of horror created by one of the great battles of the...

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    Experience: Life on an Ironclad

    A Union sailor’s letters describe his posting at Richmond’s naval front and the Confederacy’s final days. The story of the common soldier in the American Civil War is well known. Less familiar are narratives of the common sailor’s...

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    Unknown Soldier: Georgia’s Renaissance Man

    A boy king vanquished the Turks and ushered in a golden age. In the late 11th century, the European nation-state of Georgia was on the brink of annihilation. Over the previous century Seljuk Turks had invaded and annexed much of the...

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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...

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    Experience: The Hunter and the Hunted

    An Australian sharpshooter stalks an enemy sniper during World War I. Ion Idriess (1889–1979) is best known as a popular and prolific Australian author. One of his earliest books, The Desert Column (1932), is based on the diaries he kept...