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    Culture: Eyewitness to Glory

    A merchant captain turned marine painter, Nicholas Pocock captured the ferocity of the British-French fight on the “Glorious First of June.” On June 1, 1794, British artist Nicholas Pocock witnessed the first important naval battle of...

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    Arming the Revolution: Where did the Continental Army get its cannons?

    Cannons in the 18th century were considered the kings of the battlefield. George Washington knew— as did virtually everyone on both sides of the conflict—that without artillery, the American cause would be seriously handicapped. Even...

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    Hope is Not a Strategy: Germany’s Last Best Shot at Victory

    Early in 1918 the German High Command decided on a plan for a major campaign to win World War I by driving the British Expeditionary Force off the Continent and shattering the Allied coalition before fresh American troops arrived. But the...

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    When Did Warfare Begin?

    Archaeology, evolution, and the evidence of early human conflict When did humans begin to kill humans? Or more precisely, when did groups of humans learn to cooperate to kill members of other groups? The debate on this subject is old and...

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    Jefferson Davis: Commander In Chief

    During his presidency, he spent most of his waking hours directing the Confederate war effort. As president of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis was in charge of policy, national strategy, and military strategy and...

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    Tanks that Mattered

    For the past century, in single combat and in wars, these landmark tanks have been arbiters of victory and defeat. The tank was the glamour weapon of 20th-century warfare, combining mobility, armor, and firepower into one deadly package....

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    6 Questions | Author John Garofolo

    JOHN GAROFOLO, a former entertainment industry executive, is currently assigned as a Coast Guard liaison to the Defense Department. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Garofolo provided security and escorted members of the...

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    Behind the Lines: The Durham Boat

    Originally built to carry heavy cargo on colonial waterways, Durham boats became General George Washington’s landing craft of choice in late 1776. For the most renowned river crossing in American history— General George Washington’s...

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    Laws of War: Uniting a Fractious Greece

    Philip II, in his 20s when he ascended the throne of Macedon in 359 B.C., had ambitious ideas for his backward realm at the edge of the feuding city-states of Greece. Under his rule, Macedonian nobles grew richer and understood that the...

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    Letters from Readers- MHQ Winter 2015

    Outmoded New Model Jim Lacey and Sharon Tosi Lacey’s article on Oliver Cromwell “The Curse of Cromwell,” Autumn 2014 helped flesh out the man, but King Charles II had other reasons for disbanding the New Model Army than simple...

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    Surgery in the Front Lines

    Starting in World War I, military hospitals moved closer and closer to bullets-flying combat, culminating in the legendary Korean War MASH units. Two years before the United States declared war on Germany, in 1915, a few American...

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    Retreat From Hsuchow, May 1938

    Jack Belden, now forgotten, was once famous during and after World War II as a war correspondent, whose vivid firsthand reporting from China, Burma, India, North Africa, Sicily, and Italy graced the dispatches from United Press and then...

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    Making Art of Atrocity

     In the wake of World War I, American artist George Bellows “had to draw them”—the works in his War Series. The swift advance of German armies through Belgium and northern France in the opening weeks of the First World War...

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    Hindman’s War: A Confederate long shot in Arkansas

    To turn around a famous Lincoln phrase, the Mississippi in 1862 was a vexed river. Union passage was blocked by the Southern fortress cities of Vicksburg and Port Hud- son, which in turn relied on standing armies covering both sides of the...

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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...