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    Behind the Lines: Scuttled at Scapa Flow, 1919

    The final cruise of the German High Seas Fleet. It was 9:30 a.m. when the German High Seas Fleet came sweeping out of the morning fog lying low over the North Sea. Ahead of them lay Scotland’s Firth of Forth. Overhead, the smoke from 70...

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    Unknown Soldier: Being There

    British military engineer John Montrésor somehow found himself in the thick of things whenever history was made in 18th-century America. On February 20, 1760, near the height of the French and Indian War, a band of British Rangers...

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    MHQ Winter 2014- Comments

    U.S. Forests Fair Game in WWII Bill Yenne’s well-done though rather too concise article “When Japan Bombed Oregon,” Autumn 2013 on the September 1942 Japanese bombing of the mainland United States requires some commentary. First, a...

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    Mid-Atlantic Brawl

    Halloween 1943: A no-holds-barred fight breaks out between crews of USS Borie (DD-215) and U-405, with weapons from torpedoes to tommy guns. For most of the World War II Battle for the North Atlantic, sailors on outmoded U.S. Navy...

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    The Loneliness of the Military Historian

    The Loneliness of the Military Historian By Margaret Atwood   Confess: it’s my profession that alarms you. This is why few people ask me to dinner, though Lord knows I don’t go out of my way to be scary. I wear dresses of sensible...

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    A Rock and a Hard Place

    Painting the Battle of Gibraltar, John Singleton Copley was caught between his own desires and his subjects’. The fall of 1783 marked a low point for the British Empire. For two years its military had suffered defeat after...

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    Bonaparte at Bay: The Battle at Leipzig, 1813

    In the turbulent spring of 1812 Napoleon Bonaparte was the master of Europe. But then, in what would prove an act of sheer hubris, the Corsican chose to invade Russia. The outcome is well known: The Russians traded their vast spaces for...

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    Cornwallis: From Yorktown to India — and Redemption

    In America, General Cornwallis lost the Yorktown battle. In India, he won acclaim as a military and political leader. IN JANUARY 1782, General Charles, 2nd Earl Cornwallis returned to England as a prisoner of war on parole. George...

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    Fighting for Forage

    In New Jersey, ominous lessons for the British emerge from a little-known campaign in the bitter winter of 1777. George Washington’s defeat of the Hessians at Trenton on December 26, 1776, had been a masterstroke. His follow-up victory...

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    Ancient Rivalry, Modern Clash

    With the Ottoman Empire in ruins, Greek and Turkish nationalists wage an epic fight for Asia Minor. Greek culture once dominated the Middle East. As early as the ninth century BC, Greeks established settlements and trading posts along the...

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    An American Fandango in Monterrey

    His expansionist appetite whetted by the 1845 annexation of Texas, U.S. president James K. Polk sought war with Mexico to force more territorial concessions. Thanks to the recently developed electric telegraph network, word of the United...

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    The Making of Mass Warfare 1789-1918

    A social revolution, a technological episode, and a mirror of the modern age. Military history as a discipline is not generally comfortable with syncretic overviews. Two recent examples: The hypothesis of a distinctively “Western way of...

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    Behind the Lines: When Empires Collapse

    Do wars cause empires and societies to collapse? History’s answers are never black and white. Warfare is frequently blamed for the collapse of empires. But histor­ical examples of societies that fell after warfare can be placed in two...

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    Experienced: Damned Restless

    For one young American seeking adventure, the French Foreign Legion seemed to offer a romantic option. The reality proved otherwise. The 1920s in Europe and America were an unsettled time, and veterans of the Great War were famously...

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    MHQ Comments- Spring 2014

    A Real Cannon and Its Ammunition I noted two significant errors in the article “Doomsday on Wheels?” Winter 2014. To the best of my knowledge, the military services have never referred to any weapon system as an “artillery...

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    Controlling Changsha, Controlling China

    Now all but forgotten, Changsha was one of the most bitterly contested cities of the Pacific War. The city of Changsha is today, as it was in the 1930s, a bustling urban space amid the bountiful rice fields of China’s Hunan Province. Its...