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    Hallowed Ground: Oriskany, New York

    On Aug. 6, 1777, Brig. Gen. Nicholas Herkimer, 800 Tryon County militiamen and several dozen Indian scouts stood on an old military road at the edge of a dark forest six miles east of Fort Stanwix (near present-day Oriskany, N.Y.). In...

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    India’s Blitzkrieg

    India’s army dished out its own style of ‘Lightning War’ to free a nation. When we think about modern war, we tend to think of the Western world. After all, modern wars require global reach, mass armies and high technology, and only...

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    Nelson: What Made Him Great?

    Boldness, genius and a rare willingness to risk all in pursuit of victory. Few would disagree that Great Britain’s Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson (1758–1805) was a great naval leader. Indeed, many historians consider him the...

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    The Balkanized War

    In World War II Yugoslavia the Axis invasion unleashed age-old hatreds and sparked brutal internecine strife. In January 1943 the German army launched a major offensive, codenamed Fall Weiss (“Case White”), to encircle an area in...

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    Decisions: Roman Folly at Edessa

    Treachery has often had a decisive impact on military operations. Great generals have founded tactical and even strategic plans upon it—and with good reason. Assassinations, betrayals and defections, if timed properly, can turn the...

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    What We Learned: from the Falklands War

    It was a brief but violent war that baffled Americans, drove Britons to an ecstasy of patriotism and totally blindsided the Argentines. For 150 years Argentina and Great Britain had contested sovereignty over the Falklands and South...

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    Valor: The Normandy Ranger

    Leonard G. Lomell U.S. Army Distinguished Service Cross Pointe du Hoc, France June 6, 1944 Leonard G. ‘Bud’ Lomell is a leg- end among U.S. Army Rangers. Inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 1994, he is one of the key heroes of the...

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    World War II WASP Jane Doyle

    Doyle was one of 1,000 volunteers chosen to fly for the wartime Women Airforce Service Pilots...

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    Char B1 bis

    By May 1940 nearly 400 French Char B1 bis heavy tanks were ready to meet the Nazi invasion...

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    Hallowed Ground: Bois des Caures, Verdun, France

    At 0715 on Feb. 21, 1916, German artillery started a nine-hour preparatory bombardment of the French fortress city of Verdun. When the shelling ended, lead elements of the VII Reserve Corps and the XVIII Army Corps quickly reached the...

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    On Removing Seminoles

    Andrew Jackson’s policy of ‘Indian Removal’ ran into trouble in Florida—his name was Osceola. On Christmas morning 1837 Colonel Zachary Taylor and nearly 900 men—Regulars of the 1st, 4th and 6th Infantry regiments, plus 132...

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    The Persian Fallacy

    In the hit fantasy action film 300 the valiant Greeks defending the pass at Thermopylae in 480 BC are portrayed as the epitome of heroic manliness. Their Persian opponents, on the other hand, are depicted as effeminate slaves led by...

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    Grant: What Made Him Great?

    A reluctant soldier, the Union general was a study in contrasts. Some thinkers work with a single fundamental idea, while others construct from a broad spectrum of insights and experiences. Common sense suggests that successful generals,...

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    Decisions: Crossing the Andes

    Feats of brilliance and finesse have distinguished military history’s finest commanders and inspired many of their decisive victories. Often, however, it is the fundamental qualities of endurance and strength that matter most. In...

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    What We Learned: from the Kasserine Pass

    The February 1943 Battle of the Kasserine Pass marked the first serious confrontation between America’s amateur army and Germany’s professional Wehrmacht— specifically the elite Afrika Korps— so it should come as no surprise the...

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    Valor: A Multitude of Heroes

    Lieutenant John Chard Royal Engineers Victoria Cross Rorke’s Drift, Natal January 22 and 23, 1879 Queen Victoria called the 1879 British defense of Rorke’s Drift “immortal,” and a modern historian labeled it “one of the best...