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    May 2017 Table of Contents

    The May 2017 issue features a cover story about Napoléon Bonaparte's Egyptian Expedition...

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    You Command: French Foreign Legion in Mexico, 1863

    When the republic of Mexico’s ended interest payments for the country’s foreign debts in June 1861, three of Mexico’s principal European creditor nations – France, Britain and Spain – formed a military coalition to force...

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    Lone Star: The War of Independence

    Texas’ War of Independence won the republic its freedom. Unable to attract large numbers of colonists from Europe, Spain in the early 19th century found its settlements in the region known as Texas (from tayshas, as Caddo Indians called...

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    What Next, General?: Nelson at Trafalgar, 1805

     “WOODEN WALLS” It is October 18, 1805, as you assume the role of British Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson. Due to your aggressiveness, exceptional tactical skill and ability to inspire your crews in numerous naval battles, you have...

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    “Put the Boys In!”: The Battle of New Market, 1864

    Heroism and sacrifice by teenage Virginia Military Institute cadets helped defeat a Union invasion. “DIED ON THE FIELD OF HONOR, SIR!” On May 15th each year, the Corps of Cadets at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington,...

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    You Command Solution: French Foreign Legion in Mexico, 1863

    The January 2014 issue of Armchair General ® presented the Combat Decision Game “French Foreign Legion in Mexico, 1863.” This CDG placed readers in the role of Captain Jean Danjou, commander of the French Foreign Legion’s 3d...

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    You Command: Anglo-Egyptian War, 1882

    In the last quarter of the 19th century, empires controlled much of the world. The competition among imperial powers to expand their territory through occupation or financial-economic domination was fierce. Yet not all imperial powers were...

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    Quantrill’s Raid On Lawrence, 1863

    Bitter hatred on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri border prompted the Civil War’s most notorious guerrilla attack. August 21, 1863, was an oddly still summer day. The Kansas winds did not blow; there was nothing to dissipate the tower...

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    What Next, General?: Zulu War, 1879

    It is early January 1879 as you assume the role of British Lieutenant General Frederick Augustus Thesiger, 2d Baron Chelmsford (you are referred to and addressed by your title, Lord Chelmsford). You are currently in Britain’s...

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    Rebels at the Gates!

    The Confederate campaign that nearly took Washington and the desperate battle that saved the nation’s capital. Hours, even minutes, decided the campaign, and one half-forgotten hero protected the Union’s capital from what may have...

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    British Army Gurkhas

    Nepalese soldiers proved to be the British army’s “bravest of the brave.” “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha.” This judgment by Indian army Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, who as a...

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    You Command Solution: Anglo-Egyptian War, 1882

    The May 2014 issue of Armchair General® presented the Combat Decision Game “Anglo-Egyptian War, 1882.” This CDG placed readers in the role of Lieutenant General Garnet Wolseley, commander of a British army expeditionary force in the...

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    Blood on the Border: The U.S.-Mexican War

    The U.S.-Mexican War erupted along the Rio Grande River over the disputed Trans-Nueces region. Grande River. The Mexican government insisted that the actual border was the Rio Nueces, 200 miles to the north. The intervening Trans-Nueces...

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    Bonaparte at Bay: The Battle at Leipzig, 1813

    In the turbulent spring of 1812 Napoleon Bonaparte was the master of Europe. But then, in what would prove an act of sheer hubris, the Corsican chose to invade Russia. The outcome is well known: The Russians traded their vast spaces for...

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    An American Fandango in Monterrey

    His expansionist appetite whetted by the 1845 annexation of Texas, U.S. president James K. Polk sought war with Mexico to force more territorial concessions. Thanks to the recently developed electric telegraph network, word of the United...

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    The Making of Mass Warfare 1789-1918

    A social revolution, a technological episode, and a mirror of the modern age. Military history as a discipline is not generally comfortable with syncretic overviews. Two recent examples: The hypothesis of a distinctively “Western way of...