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  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Letter from the Editor- April 2007

    How to predict the future One of the most heartening facts about the U.S. military is that it actually, institutionally, structurally pays attention to history. In fact, the Army operates a large unit at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (itself a...

  • Military History Magazine

    Why Politicians Should Keep Their Mouths Shut

    You can always tell when things are going badly in a war when the people running it start referring to principled resistance as giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Actually, there is a well-established methodology to this. Administration...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Briefing- May 2007

    American MiGs It wasn’t exactly a closely guarded secret, but last November the U.S. Air Force for the first time acknowledged that it flew Communist-built fighters at the Tonopah Test Range northwest of Las Vegas, Nev., from 1977 to...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Briefing- July 2007

    The Day the Music Died If you’ve seen the film La Bamba or heard the Don McLean song “American  Pie” (“something touched me deep inside/the day the music died”), you know at least a little bit about the airplane accident...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Briefing- September 2007

    One of Our Airliners Is Missing If somebody said a four- engine airliner had disappeared with everybody aboard, you’d be surprised. If they added that it had disappeared in the populous U.S. Midwest and was seen by numerous eyewitnesses...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Almanac- February 2007

    There’s No Place Like Air and Space While Dorothy’s ruby slippers may not have taken flight, they certainly did transport a young girl from Kansas to a faraway place called Oz and will be on display at the National Air and Space Museum...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Almanac- April 2007

    CSI: Mount Vernon The nation’s oldest house museum has been propelled into the 21st century with a new experiential visitor center and museum. The Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center opened last...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Almanac- June 2007

    Food Fight A spirited debate over the origins of the humble hamburger recently made national headlines. Texas state Rep. Betty Brown proposed a resolution naming Athens, Texas, the birthplace of the hamburger. But 89-year-old Ken Lassen...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Almanac- August 2007

    Slavery Still Haunts Legislatures, Universities, Politicians—and Descendants Slavery, that “peculiar institution” of old, continues to make headlines in 2007. As lawmakers in a number of statehouses introduced largely symbolic...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Headlines- October 2007

    Lincoln Artifacts Found The National Archives announced in June the discovery of a handwritten note from President Abraham Lincoln to U.S. General Henry Halleck. Dated July 7, 1863—just after the Union victories at Gettysburg and...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Headlines- December 2007

    Gettysburg Cyclorama Comes Back to Life Out of public view since 2005, Gettysburg’s famed cyclorama painting, The Battle of Gettysburg, has been restored to its former full-color glory. The first of 14 panels, measuring 26 feet wide by...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- February 2007

    A Haunting Secret Revealed Somehow Elfriede Rinkel kept her dark secret for more than 40 years. The truth revealed, the U.S. government has sent her back home. Rinkel was a dog handler at the women-only Ravensbrück concentration camp...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- March 2007

    Rashomon Atop Mount Suribachi Sometimes history really is in the eye of the beholder. A new look at Leatherneck photographer Louis Lowery’s series of images from the first flag raising on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi suggests that John...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- April 2007

    Lingering Threat From a Toxic U-Boat More than 62 years after its violent demise off the coast of Norway, the German submarine U-864 has become a menace once again. Because of its cargo— 1,857 now-rusting canisters holding about 65 tons...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- May 2007

    Anne Frank and Family Denied Visas by U.S. The desperation with which Anne Frank’s father tried to get his family out of the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II and the frustration he endured in trying to secure a U.S. visa are...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- June 2007

    War Criminals Spied for the U.S. Newly declassified documents reveal that the Central Intelligence Agency recruited suspected Japanese war criminals to spy for the U.S. after World War II—and got bilked in the process. Evidence uncovered...