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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Indigénes (Days of Glory)

    Indigénes (Days of Glory) a film by Rachid Bouchareb, released by The Weinstein Company Think of Days of Glory, the previously untold story of French colonial troops in World War II and an  Oscar contender for Best Foreign Film, as a...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Champagne Campaign

    The meticulously planned invasion of southern France and the unassuming commander who led it were largely overlooked in the wake of the Normandy landings. Operation Anvil, the Allied invasion of southern France during the summer of 1944,...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Ask MHQ: Could France Have Stopped the Nazis?

    Q: If the Germans had gone with their first plan rather than the revised thrust through the Ardennes in 1940, could the French forces have stopped them, given the relative strengths of both sides? John Looby Manchester, England A: After...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: The First Vietnam War

    The First Vietnam War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis Edited by Mark Atwood Lawrence and Fredrik Logevall. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2007, hardcover $45, softcover $22.95. At the end of World War II, most European powers...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Replacing France

    Replacing France: The Origins of the American Intervention in Vietnam by Kathryn C. Statler. The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2007, hardcover $45. If you’re curious about how we got into the mess that was Vietnam, Kathryn C....

  • Military History Magazine

    Hallowed Ground: Agincourt, France

    History’s original Band of Brothers, the army of England’s King Henry V, won its stunning victory against an overwhelmingly larger French force on a flat piece of plowed ground only slightly larger than a dozen football fields. The...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: The Limping Lady Spy

    Virginia Hall Office of Strategic Services Distinguished Service Cross France March–September 1944 By any measure, Virginia Hall is one of America’s two greatest female war heroes. Mary Edwards Walker, who earned the Medal of Honor...

  • American History Magazine

    Dialogue: The Founders Thought Globally and Acted Locally

    Jay Winik’s latest book, Upheaval: America and the Birth of The Great the Modern World, 1788-1800 (HarperCollins), is an ambitious history of three disparate yet surprisingly interconnected societies in an age of revolution: America,...

  • American History Magazine

    The First Real Pilgrims

    The oldest known work by a European artist in North America is a watercolor of a near-naked giant, his arm slung around a tiny fop in tights. The giant is chiseled, like a bodybuilder, and covered in tattoos. He wears bracelets and anklets...

  • World War II Magazine

    World War II Travel: Bennwihr, France

    Bennwihr, France, has a different kind of beauty that juxtapositions with it's wartime past...

  • World War II Magazine

    Seeing Ghosts in a Martyred French Village

    France is a pretty country full of pretty little villages. But Oradour- sur-Glane is not pretty. On June 10, 1944, the 2nd Waffen SS Panzer Division Das Reich, 1st Battalion, stormed this village in the Limousin region of southwestern...

  • MHQ Magazine

    How the French Won the American Revolution

    Decrepit ships, snarled signals, and indecision doomed the British at the Battle of the Virginia Capes and secured America’s independence. It is impossible to say who was more astounded that sunny morning of September 5, 1781, when...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Price of Liberation

    In 1944, the Allies freed Caen from the Nazis. But the residents had to wonder: Was it worth the deaths of thousands and the pulverization of their city? In the final year of the Second World War, inhabitants of occupied countries across...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Taking Tarragona

    In 1811, General Louis-Gabriel Suchet sought his marshal’s baton in the breach of a Spanish fortress. On the sweltering afternoon of Friday, June 28, 1811, French engineers surveyed the 10-meter- wide breach in the wall surrounding...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Colonial Good Life

    The Colonial Good Life: A Commentary on Andre Joyeux’s Vision of French Indochina translated, introduced and annotated by Michael G. Vann and Joel Montague. White Lotus Press, 2008. French artist Andre Joyeux served as an art teacher in...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Making of Marlborough

    John Churchill rose from modest means to become first Duke of Marlborough and the greatest general of his time. On the morning of August 13, 1704, an English general stood on a low hill overlooking a nondescript Bavarian village on the...