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  • Military History Magazine

    Verdun: Tale of Two Forts

    The German troops who swarmed over two key French fortresses protecting Verdun anticipated a tough fight. They were only half right. When the German army attacked Verdun, France, on Feb. 21, 1916, it ran up against a ring of 18 large forts...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Broadway’s Fighting Priest

    Lt. Col. Francis P. Duffy U.S. Army DSC, DSM, Légion d’honneur, Croix de guerre France, 1918 Only two men are honored with life-sized statues in New York’s Times Square, epicenter of the American theater industry. The statue on the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Hallowed Ground: Vimy Ridge, France

    Vimy Ridge is far more than just another bloody World War I battle or the site of a marvelously preserved battlefield. Though it lies in France, Canadians justly consider it the birthplace of their nation. From April 9 to 12, 1917, the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Secrets of Overlord

    The problem was not just to fool the Germans about where the D-Day landings would take place, but to persuade them that normandy was merely a diversion...

  • American History Magazine

    Encounter: Sam Houston Meets Alexis de Tocqueville

    Sam Houston’s wife left him 10 weeks after their wedding in 1829 and returned to her rich father’s plantation. Houston, who was 36 years old and governor of Tennessee at the time, wrote a rambling letter to his father-in-law that...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Experience | Over the Top

    Frustrated by his own country’s neutrality in the early years of World War I, Arthur Guy Empey traveled to London and enlisted in the British Army. Soon he was in the trenches on the Western Front...

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned From…The Haitian Revolution

    Surprisingly, the drums signaling for a cease-fire from the French bastion at Vertières penetrated the chaos of battle on the Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue. General Donatien-Marie-Joseph de Vimeur, vicomte de Rochambeau, had just...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Classic Dispatches | The Great Exodus

    Cowles detailed her experiences as a war correspondent in her first book, "Looking for Trouble," published in 1941, from which the narrative that follows is excerpted...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Other Dunkirk

    Even as the famous flotilla departed France, British general Archie Beauman was conjuring up his own miracle hundreds of miles to the south. Brig. Gen. Archibald Bentley Beauman, taking stock of his troops’ situation in northern France...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Letters from Readers- October 2010

    Battles of The Pacific The large two-page photo from The Pacific review on page 69 in the  May/June issue depicts four attacking marines, one with a flamethrower and three with M-1 rifles. Two of the marines, the ammo carrier and the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The American Rommel

    Major General John Wood Showed Patton and the rest of the high command how to fight a true lightning war.   THE HISTORIC FRENCH TOWN OF TROYES CONTROLLED an important stretch of the upper Seine River, so it was a likely spot for the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Poetry | To Fight Another Day

    In 1913, after working as a correspondent for the Toronto Star during the Balkan Wars, Service—by then widely known as “The Bard of the Yukon”—moved to Paris. He was 41 when World War I broke out. Turned down for military service,...

  • Military History Magazine

    Hallowed Ground: Hill 314, Mortain, France

    The French village of Mortain sits halfway up the western slope of what during World War II the U.S. Army referred to as Hill 314. The promontory’s highest point, 314 meters above sea level (about 600 feet above the valley floor),...

  • Military History, MH Issues

    November 2017 Table of Contents

    The November 2017 issue features a cover story about the 1781 Anglo-French battle for the Channel Island of Jersey...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Artists | Eyewitness to Horror

    Published 35 years after his death, Goya’s The Disasters of War has etched the cruel suffering of war into our collective memory....

  • Aviation History Magazine

    An American Stork

    The top gun in France’s squadron of aces in 1918 wasn’t a Frenchman. Escadrille Spa.3, known as “Les Cigognes” for the stork emblem on the sides of its airplanes, was the most famous squadron in the French air service during World...