Military History Quarterly Summer 2009 Table Of Contents


Did Lee Doom Himself at Gettysburg?
by Noah Andre Trudeau
Trusting bad intelligence and saying far too little to his generals, he sealed the Rebels’ fate.

Laos: The Road to Vietnam
by John Prados
In 1959 the United States, drawn into a conflict in a tiny Asian kingdom, relied on secret armies and Cold War tactics. Sound familiar?

The Fisherman
by Barry Strauss
A Roman general sets his nets for Spartacus.

[portfolio] The Art of Futurismo   
by Jennifer E. Berry
Italians still cherish images from an art movement that sparked just before World War I but fizzled under fascism.

Chaco War: Battle in the Barrens   
by James S. Corum
Bolivia’s obscure war with Paraguay in 1932–1935 showcased the modern weapons and tactics that would become so familiar in World War II.

Taking Tarragona      
by Jonathan North
In 1811, Gen. Louis-Gabriel Suchet sought his marshal’s baton in the breach of a Spanish fortress.

Greek Tragedy   
by John W. Osborn Jr.
While Mussolini’s two attempts to invade Greece were farcical and the Nazis finished the job, the campaigns proved disastrous for everyone.



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[Experience of War]
England by Sea, Land, and Air    
by Col. Frank G. Casserly
A young marine officer survives a 1943 trip across the Atlantic to get a taste of wartime Britain and training on radar.

[Fighting Words]
Inspiration from Annihilation        
by Christine Ammer
Our lexicographer considers terms coined during the Civil War.

[Arms And men]
by C. G. Sweeting
“The Prince of Hades” introduces a terrifying weapon to World War I battlefields.

In Review
Weller’s War by George Weller;
Masters and Commanders by Andrew Roberts

On The Cover: A photograph of Robert E. Lee, taken in March 1864, less than a year after the Battle of Gettysburg, reflects his confidence after leading the Army of Northern Virginia since June 1862. Though many have blamed subordinates for the Gettysburg loss, Noah Andre Trudeau makes a case beginning on page 14 that Lee’s own overconfidence and failure to coordinate led to the defeat, a fatal Rebel setback. Library of Congress; colorization by Tom Bentkowski/VERTIS Communications


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