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  • MHQ Magazine

    The Unintended Revolution

    Mexico’s war of independence started out as a coup and ended—thanks to a charismatic priest—with the creation of a nation. On August 25, 1810, Francisco Xavier Venegas de Saavedra, New Spain’s recently appointed viceroy,...

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    Arms & Men: Shrapnel’s Lethal Shells

    Henry Shrapnel’s invention was obsolete by World War II, but its legacy of death and mutilation continues. The British guns that wreaked havoc on the French at Waterloo fired four kinds of ammunition. Three of these— round shot, common...

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    Bragadin’s Defense

    In 1571, a Venetian captain’s fatal defiance at Famagusta hardened the lines between the Christian and Muslim worlds. On a late September day in the autumn of 1571, Marc’Antonio Bragadin, commander of the Venetian fortress of Famagusta...

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    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...

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    The Chaco War 1932-1935: Battle in the Barrens

    Bolivia’s obscure war with Paraguay showcased the modern weapons and tactics that would become so familiar in the upcoming world war. From 1932 to 1935 Bolivia and Paraguay were locked in a savage struggle that produced the bloodiest but...

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    Artists at War: Women in War

    Western art of the last 500 years illustrates the diverse roles women have played in times of conflict. The modern idea of women in war conjures images of combat, with women serving and sometimes dying in an arena long considered the sole...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    ‘Don’t Shoot, It’s A Company!’

    On the eve of Tet, intercepted U.S. radio communications led to a gutsy VC deception that altered the fight for Hill 108. Just eight days before the full force of the Tet Offensive was un- leashed, I was commanding a company that engaged...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Ambushed In Leatherneck Square

    Just two miles from the DMZ, a battalion of Marines paid a heavy price but finally overcame a ferocious NVA onslaught. Packed with troops, the long column of trucks maneuvered over the rutted, hard-packed dirt road. Many of the vehicles...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Turbulence Over Vietnam

    Disjointed and dysfunctional, the application of American air power was severely hobbled by competing objectives and outdated thinking. Joint warfare, or “jointness,” is accepted by all the U.S. services today as desirable and...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Night Sweats at Kham Duc

    Officially classified as an operation with ‘indifferent’ results, Elk Canyon I was a bloody and costly trial by combat for one American artillery battery. Andrew Grey, a young Native American cannoneer, climbed aboard the CH-47 chopper...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    My War: The Night I Died in My Bird Dog

    DONALD TYLER Captain, U.S. Army, Forward Air Controller 183rd Reconnaissance Airplane Company Phan Thiet, 1969-70 There it was, a flicker of light about a mile away in the distance. I was in my O-1 Bird Dog returning from a tree-killing...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Tours of Vietnam

    Tours of Vietnam: War, Travel Guides, and Memory by Scott Laderman, Duke University Press, 2009 Author Scott Laderman lost me with his “Prefatory Note,” a four-page introduction to his Introduction, in which he explains why in a book...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Advisers Targeted for Destruction

    A small advisory team’s success at ‘clear and hold’ in the most hostile district in South Vietnam made it a must kill for the NVA. On a clear September morning, we roll south from Quang Ngai City down Route 516 looking for a...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Mini-Tet Madness

    The Tet Offensive had just petered out when the wounded Viet Cong, bolstered by the NVA, hit Saigon again—hard—in May 1968. Bang! It started off with a big bang. A 500-pound bang, rigged up in an old blue and yellow 1950s vintage...

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    Vietnam Letter from the Editor- October 2009

    When Saigon was shaken to its core As America’s recent experience in Iraq has reminded us, military activity in any hostile urban environment is fraught with danger. The potential for death and destruction lurks around every corner....

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Review: Squad Battles

    Squad Battles: Dien Bien Phu Videogame Developer: John Tiller HPS Simulations (www.hpssims.com) Format: PC/Windows Modes: Single player, Multiplayer Released: 2009, MSRP: $49.95 The first Indochina war ended at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu...