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September 2015 – Letters From Readers

Readers' letters in the September 2015 issue of Military History sound off about the Paris Gun, World War I films, the American Civil War and the sometime necessity of war
The timeworn book features such iconic images as this rendering of the July 1, 1898, charge up San Juan Heights, Cuba.

War of 1898

Pages from a timeworn book provide startlingly immediate images of a war that had ended mere weeks before its release
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 arrived in time to change the course of the air war during the Spanish Civil War and continually improved to become a top-notch German fighter during World War II. (Illustration by Adam Tooby. From "Air Vanguard No. 18 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A–D Series," by Robert Jackson © Osprey Publishing, Ltd.)

Messerschmitt Bf 109D-1

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 arrived in time to change the course of the air war during the Spanish Civil War

Book Review: Glorious Victory

War of 1812 scholar Donald R. Hickey profiles the ever-colorful future president Andrew Jackson on the bicentennial of his "glorious victory" over the British at New Orleans
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Join in this open, multi-faceted forum, sponsored by Military History magazine, to discuss the contention Spanish Civil War, 1936-39.
Over his 41-year Marine Corps career General James Mattis honored his obligation to share lessons learned from combat and his own rigorous study of military history. (DoD Photo)

Marine Corps General James Mattis

Mattis insists that a rigorous study of military history and shared knowledge from combat are equally essential elements of military training
The Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go ("third issue") light tank, with upscaled armament and better speed than its predecessors, saw World War II service in Manchuria and the Pacific. (Image from New Vanguard No. 137 Japanese Tanks 1939–1945, by Steven J. Zaloga, © Osprey Publishing Ltd.; illustration by Peter Bull)

Type 95 Ha-Go Light Tank

The Japanese Ha-Go held its own early in World War II, though by war's end it would yield the field to stouter Allied tanks.