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    Clausewitz at War

    The Prussian military theoretician was combat tested in the Napoleonic Wars. Carl von Clausewitz’s major book, On War, published in 1832, remains the indispensable work on military theory and strategy, and he is respected worldwide as a...

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    The Man Behind the Rodman Gun

    The Rodman gun, developed in the mid-19th century, was the technological apex of smoothbore, muzzle-loading artillery. Cannons using chemical explosives to propel a projectile had made their first appearance on the battlefield in the 14th...

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    A Clumsy War, A Lasting Peace: The Treaty of Ghent

    The Treaty of Ghent, skillfully negotiated in 1814 by John Quincy Adams (center), ended the War of 1812 with Britain, preserved American rights and territories, and opened the West to expansion. During the more than two decades of almost...

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    This Terrible Truth: The Defense of Stalingrad

    Vasily Grossman (1905–1964), chronicler of the Eastern Front from 1941 to 1945, correspondent for Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star), the Soviet army newspaper, was one of the finest reporters of World War II. An educated Jew from Ukraine who...

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    Mills Bomb: Trench Terror

    The Mills bomb, officially called the No. 5 hand grenade, is one of the most iconic weapons of the 20th century. Named after its British inventor, William Mills, who drew inspiration from the Belgian Roland grenade (1912), the bomb was...

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    Cold War Armageddon’s Dubious Arsenal

    Marc G. DeSantis discusses some of the strangest and most controversial nuclear weapons programs of the 20th century. M28/M29 Davy Crockett These man-portable recoilless rifles were designed to launch the 51-pound W54 atomic warhead, the...

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    Letters from Readers- MHQ Spring 2015

    War and Evolution Wayne Lee’s excellent article on the origins of warfare was both intellectually stimulating and a little disquieting for what was omitted and for how things were worded. I drew back my breath when I read Mr. Lee’s...

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    Behind the Lines | Antwerp, 1914

    Britain goes to war—but where?   WHOEVER CONTROLLED THE ENGLISH CHANNEL and whoever controlled the Channel threatened the maritime perimeter of the British Isles. That was the center of gravity in the United Kingdom’s national...

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    Breaking the Gustav Line

    In 1943 General Alphonse Juin and his Corps Expéditionnaire Français showed the Allies how to win a fight in the mountains...

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    Over Where? Cuban Fighters in Angola’s Civil War

    Fidel Castro exports his brand of armed revolution...

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    The Court-Martial of Colonel Billy Mitchell

    AMERICAN AVIATOR WILLIAM “BILLY” MITCHELL was born in Nice, France, in 1879, and grew up speaking French as well as he spoke English. He joined the U.S. Army on the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in 1898 and as a second...

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    Over the Hump

    In 1942, the U.S. Army Air Forces’ brand-new Air Transport Command began running the most audacious airlift of World War II: flying “the Hump” over the foothills of the Himalayas   ON AUGUST 2, 1943, CBS WAR...

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    How Napoleon Lost Paris

    In early March 1814, Napoleon was outmaneuvered at Laon, France, by Field Marshal Gebhard von Blücher’s Allied army, leaving the capital city of Paris unprotected   IN EARLY NOVEMBER 1813, several weeks after his crushing defeat...

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    The Contraband Question

    IN THE FIRST WEEKS of the American Civil War, a lawyer turned general waged a bloodless legal battle for the North that altered the nature of the war. Major General Benjamin F. Butler was a Massachusetts lawyer, abolitionist, former state...

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    The Great Siege of Malta, by Bruce Ware Allen

    The author's mastery of the subject is evident throughout, and his is the most extensive bibliography of relevant materials to date...

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    Italy’s Alps, 1702: A Grand Theater of War

    In this elaborate engraving, a confident Prince Eugene of Savoy commands forces of the Holy Roman Empire as they move into the Alps during the War of the Spanish Succession. The 13-year conflict, sparked by the death of the childless...