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  • MHQ Magazine

    Mie Askari mdachi: I am a German Askari

    East Africa tribesmen demonstrated remarkable loyalty to a charismatic German commander in World War I...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Fritz Opel’s Manned Rocket

    June 11, 1928, Wasserkrupe, Germany— The world’s first rocket-propelled manned aircraft took to the sky. The sailplane, designed by Alexander Lippisch and called the Ente (German for “duck”), was powered by two black-powder rockets...

  • MHQ Magazine

    A Lesson from the Boers

    The Boer War of 1899-1902 was a great shock to the military establishments of Europe. In engagement, hastily improvised bands of Boer irregulars defeated the large, well-drilled British forces sent to subdue them. These defeats could not...

  • MHQ Magazine

    War Stories | The Senior Citizen-Soldier

    In 1914 Caspar René Gregory, an internationally known biblical scholar, decided to go to war for his adopted homeland...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Jutland

    John Keegan’s inspiration has been to focus on something too often overlooked: the experience of the individual soldier on the battlefield. How much terror and pain and confusion is embodied in those unavoidable map arrows showing...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Dismantling Bismark

    As fanfare and celebrations ushered in the new century on January 1, 1900, two nations were clearly emerging from the pack as contenders for the rank of “superpower “: the United States and Germany. The impact of these two...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The War Lover

    Manfred von Richthofen-the legendary ace of aces-had an explanation for his success: the "hunting fever." But in the end, the consummate hunter would allow himself to become the hunted. ...

  • World War II Magazine

    Peace Is Hell

    U.S. troops arriving in Germany found starvation, looting, chaos, and utter devastation. So they threw out the rule book. The Germans called it Stunde Null—zero hour. The Americans called it V-E Day. On May 8, 1945, more than two million...

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Book Review: Fighting for the Fatherland

    Fighting for the Fatherland: The Story of the German Soldier From 1648 to the Present Day David Stone, Potomac Books, 2006, 464 pages, $29.95. David Stone, a British military historian, has produced an exhaustive history of the Prussian...

  • Military History Magazine

    Germany’s Sea Eagle

    In late 1916 a German naval adventurer slipped the British blockade aboard a three-masted windjammer to raid like the pirates of old...

  • Military History, MH Tools

    SMS Wolf

    German merchant raiders like Wolf plagued Allied shipping during World War I...

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned From…Loss of the Golden Lion, 1944

    On Dec. 21, 1944, a broken Maj. Gen. Alan W. Jones remarked to a subordinate officer, “I’ve lost a division quicker than any division commander in the U.S. Army"...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Merchants of Menace

    Disguised as neutral-nation freighters but packing a hidden punch, Germany’s merchant raiders bedeviled the Royal Navy during both world wars. Sophisticated carrier-based airplanes certainly shifted the odds in the 1940s, but as World...

  • Military History Magazine

    Erich Ludendorff: Tactical Genius, Strategic Fool

    German Chief of Staff Erich Ludendorff prolonged World War I with his revolutionary tactics—but to what end? On a list of historical figures who have left disaster in their wake, few can top Erich Ludendorff. And yet, he was not an...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Berlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift: The Salvation of a City by Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell, Pelican Publishing, Gretna, La., 2008, $24.95. The division of Germany after World War II into four occupation zones, with Berlin buried deep inside the Russian...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Red Baron

    Red Baron: The Life and Death of an Ace by Peter Kilduff, David & Charles Ltd., Cincinnati, Ohio, 2007, $30. As the highest-scoring fighter pilot of World War I, Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, more widely known as the Red Baron, has...