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    Behind the Lines: Forty Acres and a Mule

    The Inside Story of Sherman’s Special Field Orders, No. 15. Most Americans have heard the phrase “40 acres and a mule.” Few, however, know it originated in a directive known as Special Field Orders, No. 15 (SFO 15), issued by Union...

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    Unknown Soldier: A Poet at the Point

    Edgar Allan Poe’s turbulent stint in the United States Army. In biographical legend Edgar Allan Poe is remembered as a tortured aesthete, a solitary romantic genius, unrecognized and adrift in a cash-and-carry society. He is also...

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    MHQ Comments- Summer 2014

    Chance Favors the Prepared While Dennis Showalter’s article “The Making of Mass Warfare” Spring 2014 focuses on the period between 1789 and 1918, one could easily apply the message to 21st-century war fighting. Getting material from...

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    6 Questions | Author Michael G. Walling

    MICHAEL G. WALLING, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard for six years as a commissioned officer and a senior petty officer, is the author of several books. His newest book, Bloodstained Sands: U.S. Amphibious Operations in World War...

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    French Lessons at West Point

    How Napoleonic strategy and tactics influenced generations of American officers. It is easy to characterize the U.S. Army in the 19th century as an organization of amateurs lacking the professionalism of its European contemporaries. The...

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    Interview with Antulio J. Echevarria II

    In his newly published analysis of how the United States has, throughout its history, waged war—Reconsidering the American Way of War—retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Antulio J. Echevarria II confronts a significant disconnect...

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    Book Review: No End Save Victory

    No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation Into War By David Kaiser. 416 pages. Basic Books, 2014. $27.99 In this extraordinary book David Kaiser, professor emeritus of strategy at the Naval War College, traces President Franklin...

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    Book Review: In the Hour of Victory

    In the Hour of Victory: The Royal Navy at War in the Age of Nelson  By Sam Willis. 416 pages. W. W. Norton, 2014. $35.00 This big handsome book grew out of naval historian Sam Willis’s discovery in the British Library of a forgotten...

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    Book Review: Give Me a Fast Ship

    Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America’s Revolution at Sea  By Tim McGrath. 560 pages. NAL Caliber, 2014. $26.95 Yes, there really was a naval component to the American Revolution, but it was by no means well...

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    And shells go crying over them—Voices of the Great War

    World War I spawned a generation of British soldier-poets whose verse took poetry in a raw new direction. Rupert Brooke led the way with an unadorned realism, but his famous poem “The Soldier” still voices the patriotic fervor of the...

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    Martyrs for God and Spain

    An Indian attack on a mission in New Spain thwarts colonial aspirations and inspires a fantastical piece of art. New Spain held uncertain control over the frontier region of eastern Texas in the mid- 18th century. While French incursions...

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    The Curse of Cromwell

    His soldiering was ruthless, brilliant, and backed by faith. At the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642 an unheralded military genius was waiting in the wings. Oliver Cromwell, already past 40 years old when he first took up arms,...

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    How to Prepare for a Battle: Riga

    At Riga in 1917, the German Eighth Army showed the Russians how it’s done. The German army offensive to capture the Latvian seaport city of Riga and destroy the Russian Twelfth Army was one of the most complex—and meticulously...

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    Stalin Attacks the Red Army

    Stalin had been purging his enemies—real and chimerical—for years, including military officers. Then the 1941 German invasion exposed the Red Army’s real problems. In late June, 1941, without a declaration of war, the Axis armies of...

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    Six Questions | Author Allen Boyer

    ALLEN BOYER is a former senior appellate counsel in the enforcement division of the New York Stock Exchange. Rocky Boyer’s War: An Unvarnished History of the Air Blitz That Won the War in the Southwest Pacific, to be...

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    Irregular Warfare: Strength of Weakness

    How legends of T. E. Lawrence’s guerrilla forces in Arabia and Orde Wingate’s Chindit special ops in Burma fatally beguiled the French at Dien Bien Phu. Historians interpret the May 1954 fall of the French fortress at Dien Bien Phu to,...