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Hessians: The Best Armies Money Could Buy

Dennis Showalter | Published: September 05, 2007 at 10:42 am
No account of the American Revolution is complete without reference to the Hessians, but soldiers of the German mercenary state Hesse fought many wars under many flags.

The Battle of Chippewa

James B. Daniels | Published: July 30, 2007 at 11:33 am
Winfield Scott's unlikely victory on the Canadian side of the Niagara River during the War of 1812 helped transform the motley U.S. Army into a professional fighting force.

Frederick The Great: The First Modern Military Celebrity

Dennis Showalter | Published: June 26, 2007 at 2:47 pm
The monarch who initially sought a state and an army in which charismatic leadership was superfluous ultimately became the center of the first modern cult of personality. To a degree, Frederick the Great was the creation of his soldiers and subjects.

Jamestown at 400: Jamestown's Buried Secrets

Nick D'Alto | Published: April 02, 2007 at 9:52 am
Exclusive interview with Dr. William Kelso, chief archaeologist for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project, concerning the significance of Jamestown, Virginia, in the history of America.

Napoleon's Total War

Published: March 07, 2007 at 4:35 pm
When Revolutionary France declared war on the Austrian empire in the spring of 1792, its leaders promised a short, sweet and victorious campaign. Instead, 1792 marked the beginning of a long, grinding, hideously bloody series of wars that would drag …

Battle of Sheriffmuir

Published: September 05, 2006 at 10:50 am
Incited by religion and politics, Scot battled Scot to a bloody standoff at Sheriffmuir.By Ashby McGowan

Battle of Glenshiel

Published: September 05, 2006 at 10:46 am
An ill-fated attempt to restore the Stuarts to the thrones of England and Scotland in 1719 led to a blind alley at the Battle of Glenshiel.By David Sharp

Seven Years' War: Battle of Wandiwash

Published: August 21, 2006 at 4:18 pm
At Wandiwash in 1760, two small armies led by Irishmen settled the issue of colonial power in India. Would it be ruled by France or England?By Thomas J. Mullen, Jr.

War of the Spanish Succession: Battle of Turin

Published: August 21, 2006 at 10:33 am
If the army of French King Louis XIV could take Turin, all of Savoy -- and perhaps all of Italy -- would be his. But the city refused to capitulate, and a formidable relief force was on the way. By Kenneth P. Czech

War of the Spanish Succession: Battle of Denain

Published: August 21, 2006 at 10:21 am
The War of the Spanish Succession was all but over after the action at Denain on July 24, 1712.By Olaf van Nimwegen

Battle of Monmouth

Published: August 21, 2006 at 10:06 am
General George Washington was disappointed by the Battle of Monmouth's outcome, but his Continental Army proved that it could match the British on their own terms. By David R. Wade

English Civil War: Battle of Edgehill

Published: August 21, 2006 at 10:00 am
When civil war erupted in England, the early Battle of Edgehill was deceptive in outcome, yet it was a school of war, too.By Eric Niderost

Battle of Paulus Hook

Published: August 18, 2006 at 2:27 pm
'Light-Horse Harry' Lee entered history with a daring night attack on the fort at Paulus Hook During the American Revolutionary War.By Charles A. Petrocci

Napoleonic Wars: Battle of the Pyramids

Published: July 31, 2006 at 1:39 pm
The enemy that confronted the French at Embabeh, Egypt, more than 200 years ago was as merciless as the desert they had just crossed--but the Mamelukes did not have a commander like Napoleon Bonaparte.By John Dellinger

Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Rivoli

Published: July 31, 2006 at 1:33 pm
If his attack succeeded, Austrian Feldzeugmeister Jószef Alvintzy Freiherr de Berberek expected to surround and destroy France's Army of Italy -- and its 28-year-old commander, General Napoleon Bonaparte.By James W. Shosenberg

General Napoleon Bonaparte's Italian Campaign

Published: July 31, 2006 at 1:22 pm
The newly appointed 26-year-old commander in chief of the French Army of Italy arrived at his headquarters in Nice on March 27, 1796. Scar-lipped Jean Mathieu Philibert SŽrurier, adventurous Pierre Franois Charles Augereau, and calculating AndrŽ MassŽna were all smirking …
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