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    Valor | Honorable Holy Man

    By 1914 Jesuit Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a promising young anthropologist, paleontologist, theologian and philosopher. Yet he served dutifully on the Western Front as a noncombatant French army stretcher-bearer. For his service...

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    Hallowed Ground: The Kahlenberg, Vienna

    The Ottoman Turks gained their first foothold in Europe at Gallipoli in 1354. In 1529 they reached Vienna and almost took the capital of the Habsburg Empire. They made a second attempt in 1683 and would have succeeded if not for the...

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    Kublai Khan vs. Kamikaze

    When the legendary Mongol conqueror sought to invade Japan, he didn’t expect defeat to arrive with the wind. For more than a decade maritime archaeologists working in the murky waters off Takashima Island on Japan’s Kyushu coast have...

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    When the Warriors Stood Down

    Patton, Truscott and the secret intrigues of postwar Europe. On May 8, 1945, the day the Third Reich fell to Allied forces, the devastation in Germany was all but complete. Cities, towns, railroads and ports lay in ruins. Schools, courts,...

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    The Best Medicine

    Death came slowly to soldiers wounded on the battlefields of antiquity. The muscle-powered weapons that hacked at their flesh only rarely inflicted sudden death. Bodies pierced by spears or slashed by swords lingered in agony, sometimes...

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    Slugfest on the Suez

    Egypt caught Israel by surprise on Yom Kippur 1973 with a brilliant cross-canal attack. Then IDF armor counterattacked… Major General Ariel Sharon assumed command of the Israel Defense Forces’ 143rd Reserve Armored Division on Oct. 6,...

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    Decisions: Howe’s Wishful Thinking

    The brilliant victories at Trenton and Princeton in December 1776 and January 1777 by Continental Army Commander in Chief George Washington did not fundamentally alter the military situation in North America. Great Britain remained in...

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    Valor: Young Man on a Mission

    Karl Richter U.S. Air Force Air Force Cross North Vietnam April 20, 1967 By the time 1st Lieutenant Karl Wendell Richter lifted off in his F-105 Thunderchief from the runway at Khorat Royal Thai Air Force Base on April 20, 1967, he was...

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    What We Learned: from the Suez Crisis

    The nine-day Suez Crisis of 1956 was sparked by a series of what in hindsight seem playground-worthy disputes, though they could have led to global Armageddon. That year Egypt switched its allegiance from Western arms suppliers to the...

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    Hallowed Ground: The Reichswald, Germany

    The 1945 Battle of the Reichswald was for Anglo-Canadian forces what the earlier Battle of the Hürtgen Forest had been for American troops. The British attack through the densely wooded and tenaciously defended northern sector of the...

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    Military History Review: Images of U.S. Grant

    “Images of U.S. Grant: The Soldier” Through April 2012 Galena History Museum 211 S. Bench St., Galena, Ill. (815) 777-9129 www.galenahistorymuseum.org Mediocrity plagued Ulysses S. Grant for much of his life: 21st in a class of 39 at...

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    Military History Book Review: Wellington’s Two-Front War

    Wellington’s Two-Front War: The Peninsular Campaigns, at Home and Abroad, 1808–1814 by Joshua Moon, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2011 $34.95 When Sir Arthur Wellesley, future Duke of Wellington, arrived in Portugal as...

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    Military History Book Review: Neptune’s Inferno

    Neptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal by James D. Hornfischer, Bantam, New York, 2011, $30 The U.S. Marine landings on Guadalcanal on Aug. 7, 1942, marked the United States’ first land-based offensive against Japan—or any...

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    Military History Book Review: Manstein

    Manstein: Hitler’s Greatest General by Mungo Melvin, Thomas Dunne Books, New York, 2011, $37.50 This is the first American edition of Maj. Gen. Mungo Melvin’s comprehensive biography of World War II German Field Marshal Erich von...

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    Wild Irish Geese

    Driven from their homeland by centuries of English domination, Irish soldiers went to war under may flags. Ireland has been called the land of happy wars and sad love songs—the land whose sons have shed blood around the world for every...

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    What Lady Butler Knew

    The Victorian-era artist never saw a battle, but her paintings show a deep knowledge of the soldiers’ plight. Among the most widely reproduced cautionary images during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan a decade ago was a classic of 19th...