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    Australian Soldiers, 1914-45

    Aussies fought some of the toughest battles in two world wars. The list of battles fought by Australian soldiers reads like an honor roll of the toughest fighting of World Wars I and II: Gallipoli (1915), the Somme (1916), Ypres (1917),...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    A Failure of Leadership in South Vietnam

     Was the Vietnam War essentially “unwinnable” because of the incorrigibly venal, consistently corrupt and—worst of all—egregiously incompetent South Vietnamese government officials and senior military commanders? Frank...

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    Media Digest | A Book Duet

     In the last few days of October 1969, thousands of North Vietnamese Army troops surrounded a small, dangerously isolated firebase defended by about 150 Special Forces–led Montagnard fighters and a handful of American artillerymen....

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    Game Buzz- Armchair General March 2014

    Shadowrun is perhaps one of the most famous role-playing universes in gaming. It depicts a time in the near future in which elves, trolls, orcs and dragons have emerged into reality. Imagined by Jordan Weisman, the designer and founder of...

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    You Command: Japanese Defense of Nomonhan, 1939

    The world in mid-1939 was an increasingly dangerous place. Two decades earlier, the 1919 Treaty of Versailles had ended World War I and created the League of Nations, yet the hope that the treaty would ensure a lasting peace proved futile....

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    Steel Pot: The Combat Helmet

    Separating fact from fiction about the origin of the modern combat helmet. THE SOLDIER AND THE SOUP BOWL … The story goes like this: When World War I began in August 1914, no soldiers in any army wore helmets, since such headgear had...

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    French Poilus, 1914-18

    France’s World War I infantrymen bore the brunt of Allied fighting in horrific Western Front trench warfare. “Poilu” (“hairy one”), the nickname for a French army infantryman, dates back to Napoleonic times, but it is most often...

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    Armchair General March 2014- Letter from the Editor: 10 Years of Great...

    When Eric Weider founded Armchair General ® magazine, his vision was “to bring history to life through an innovative and interactive experience.” In March 2004, that vision became a reality with the publication of ACG’s first issue....

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    Lam Son 719 South Vietnam Invades Laos, 1971

    The Vietnam War’s best historian examines the costly attack on an enemy sanctuary. On February 8, 1971, less than two years after U.S. President Richard Nixon announced his intention to “Vietnamize” the war, troops f (ARVN) crossed...

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    Interactive: U.S. Tank Action in Iraq, 2004

    You are U.S. Army Lieutenant Nelson Patel, leader of a 1st Infantry Division tank platoon with four M1A1 Abrams tanks. Your unit is stationed at a forward operating base (FOB) near the city of Baqubah, 30 miles north of Baghdad, in support...

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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...

  • HistoryNet, Mag: Vietnam Events, Vietnam Magazine

    Two New Perspectives on the Kent State Shootings

    Just as the horrific 1968 My Lai massacre is the most notorious battlefront incident of the Vietnam War, the May 4, 1970, National Guard shootings at Kent State University—killing four students and wounding nine—is the most notorious...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    A Sergeant’s Prayer Is Answered

    The cavalry came to the rescue at Loc Ninh. Lieutenant Ed Knoll was awakened by his foot being gently pushed, the cautious and safe method of waking someone in combat. A handset was shoved in his face, and the radio telephone operator...

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    Counterinsurgency Lessons of Vietnam for Today’s Leaders

    After commanding a combat unit for the first seven months of my Vietnam tour, this reviewer was reassigned to Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, as an adviser for my last five months in the country. I received no training, instruction,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Common Men, Uncommon Valor

    “Everything around you is just riddled with shrapnel. You see that right away. There isn’t anything that isn’t torn open; sandbags are ripped open, buildings are just shredded.” That’s how former Marine Ron Rees describes the...

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    Sino-Vietnamese War, 1979

    China sought to punish Vietnam, yet both sides claimed victory in the short but bloody war. On February 17, 1979, troops from the People’s Republic of China attacked the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in what became known as the...