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    The Best of Princes, the Best of Armies

    A survivor of Rome’s glory days, Trajan’s Column celebrates an emperor’s ego and his army’s engineering know-how. In AD 113 the Roman senate dedicated a monument commemorating the emperor Trajan’s victories in the...

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    Museum Watch: Glamorizing War

    War is “the only hygiene of the world,” F. T. Marinetti wrote in his 1909 Futurist Manifesto. The Italian Futurists gloried in war and couldn’t wait for it to begin. In the years just prior to World War I they used avant-garde...

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    Who Lost World War II?

    Was it Hitler? Or the overrated German General Staff? After the Second World War ended German dreams of world conquest, many of the Third Reich’s generals wrote self-serving, exculpatory memoirs depicting themselves as military...

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    The Rock of Legend: Gibraltar

    The world’s premier natural fortress, Gibraltar has always been a tough nut to crack. The Rock. For centuries the term meant only one place: The Rock of Gibraltar. In ancient times it formed the northern- most of the famed twin Pillars...

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    Perfect Storm at Tenochtitlan 1521

    How Cortés’s band of hidalgos destroyed the Mexica Empire. It had been an amazing triumph, an unprecedented journey to the top of the wheel of fortune. It was May 1520, and Cortés and his little army—about 400 Spanish warriors and...

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    Artemisia at Salamis

    When the outnumbered Greek feet outfought Xerxes’s great navy in 480 BC, the Persians’ only winner was Artemisia, history’s first known female admiral. In 411 BC the Greek playwright Aristophanes staged his famous play comedy in...

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    The Birth of German Militarism

    The legendary, victorious campaigns of the Great Elector, Frederick William I. Wordsworth famously wrote: “The child is father of the man.” Things happen to us, in other words, in childhood or even infancy that can affect us for the...

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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...