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    Confederate Cavalryman in the Wilderness

    Unaware of the titanic clashes around him, this Civil War soldier followed orders but saw great opportunities to do much more. Lieutenant Robert Thruston Hubard Jr. was born into a successful family and grew up on a thriving Virginia...

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    Garibaldi’s Panoramic Exploits

    Before photography, people flocked to panoramas to gaze at far-flung scenes painted on huge canvases, as moderators dramatized the unfolding events. Unification and nationalism were the watchwords of the nineteenth century. While nations...

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    How the Allies Won World War II

    Productive factories provided abundant materiel, but the ability of individual soldiers to adapt made the real difference. Fighting quality plays too small a role in most assessments of why the Allies won World War II. Perhaps this is...

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    Changing Conceptions of English Castles

    Castles in Britain have always served as symbolic displays of power and wealth, but their military purpose cannot be overlooked. Castles have traditionally been viewed as heavily defended strongholds designed to protect inhabitants from...

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    Thunder on the Hudson

    If Sir Henry Clinton had been allowed to follow up his 1777 capture of two Hudson River forts, the British might have avoided their disastrous defeat at Saratoga. In the relative tranquility of his forest glen headquarters tent, perhaps...

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    MacArthur’s Forgotten Field Commander

    Relying on daring raids and sound battlefield judgment, General Walter Krueger reclaimed Luzon from the Japanese with minimal casualties. General Walter Krueger was the oldest of the fourteen men commanding U.S. field armies during World...

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    FDR Sees the Elephant

    Assistant Secretary Franklin D. Roosevelt met with kings and presidents, toured the front, fired an artillery piece and declared to all that he had seen the face of war. He belonged in uniform. His country was at war. He was thirty-six...

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    Fighting Words: Weapon-Derived Phrases

    Our lexicographer considers some widespread words and phrases derived from weaponry. From earliest times to the present, weaponry has given us numerous expressions that appear in everyday speech. Take, for example, All early firearms were...

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    Foundation for an Empire

    On a hot and humid day near a nondescript village in June 1757, Robert Clive won an improbable victory that set Britain on a course to dominate India for 190 years. Few British commanders had ever faced such long odds. When Colonel Robert...

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    Ask MHQ: Did Stalin Plan to Attack Hitler in 1941?

    Q: Was Josef Stalin planning to attack Adolf Hitler in 1941, which would explain the Red Army’s forward deployment? David Van Horn Brooklyn Center, Minn. A: Was Stalin planning a preemptive strike against Hitler in 1941? An article by...

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    MHQ Letter from the Editor- Summer 2008

    “Strategy is what Generals do.” That quote, often credited to the celebrated military writer Basil H. Liddell, may have been true when he said it. But today it could not be more wrong. No one knew that better than the founding editor...

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    MHQ Letters from Readers- Summer 2008

    Another Franklin Hero When I read the article “Big Ben’s Fight for Life” (Spring 2008), I was reminded of the letters from Dad when he was on the USS Franklin. He was a thirty-three-year-old seaman /gunner’s mate assigned to...

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    MHQ Book Review: The Second Battle of the Marne

    The Second Battle of the Marne By Michael S. Neiberg. 217 pp. Indiana University Press, 2008 $27.95 Michael S. Neiberg, a history professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, is emerging as a leading scholar of World War I. Having...

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    All Quiet Along the Potomac

    Our lexicographer considers some quotations associated with leading Civil War commanders. Great military leaders commanded on both sides in the American Civil War, and their exploits and achievements have been well documented. Some of them...

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    Developing the Fire Team

    Various nations explored ways to deploy automatic rifles before the cosmopolitan fire team found a permanent home in the U.S. Marine Corps. For more than half a century, the rifle squads of the U.S. Marine Corps have been organized with a...

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    In the Dark and Out of Luck

    Modern American intelligence gathering, not yet a science, can still leave military forces lost in the fog of war. Out of a blinding snowstorm burst an unexpected host of panzer divisions, attacking a weakly held front in the last major...