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  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned: from the Italo-Ethiopian War

    Conventional wisdom holds that the Spanish Civil War was the dress rehearsal for World War II, yet a far more important, earlier and lesser-known conflict (it had no Picasso to paint a Guernica) was the Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935–36....

  • American History Magazine

    History of Ivory

    In a simpler time, Americans couldn’t imagine the consequences of using elephant tusks from Africa to equip every parlor with a piano. Last summer on the island of Zanzibar, off the East Coast of Africa, authorities seized a stash of...

  • HistoryNet

    You Command: World War I in Africa, 1914

    As Lieutenant Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, YOU must lead outnumbered German colonial troops against British invaders. By August 1914, when World War I erupted in Europe, the European powers’ 19th and early 20th-century “scramble...

  • HistoryNet

    While Mali Matters

    An Islamist takeover offers terrorists a safe haven—and a launching pad for future attacks- in Northwest Africa. “A QUARREL IN A FARAWAY COUNTRY” On September 30, 1938, Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Brink of War at Fashoda

    Among the most decisive battles in history are the ones that never took place. In the 1890s European nations vied for colonies and influence in what has come to be known as the “Scramble for Africa.” Germany, Italy, Portugal, Belgium...

  • HistoryNet

    You Command Solution: World War I in Africa, 1914

    The September 2013 issue of Armchair General ® presented the Combat Decision Game “World War I in Africa, 1914.” This CDG placed readers in the role of German army Lieutenant Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbec commander of the...

  • HistoryNet

    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...

  • Military History Magazine

    Shaka Zulu: Africa’s Napoleon?

    The warrior-king was a loyal son, a fearsome fighter, and master tactician, a ruthless tyrant, a national-hero—and in the end largely the stuff of myth. He came out of nowhere to lead his people to greatness. But while Shaka Zulu has...

  • Reviews

    Game Review: Desert Fox- The Battle for El Alamein

    Desert Fox: The Battle for El Alamein covers the World War II battles in the North African desert in the summer and fall of 1942. Players maneuver Axis or British Commonwealth forces of brigade and regiment sizes over a map divided into...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Over Where? Cuban Fighters in Angola’s Civil War

    Fidel Castro exports his brand of armed revolution...