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Historical Conflicts

  • World War II Magazine

    Who’s to Blame for Private Eddie Slovik’s Death?

    Private Eddie Slovik, executed for desertion in 1945, has been memorialized in print and film as an unwitting sufferer of a cruel army. A deeper look, though, reveals a different story...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Battle of Ap Bac

    The Battle of Ap Bac, Vietnam: They Did Everything But Learn From It by David M. Toczek. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2007, $19.95 David Toczek, a serving U.S. Army officer and former history professor at the United States...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The More Things Change….

    The learning curve for U.S. forces running convoy operations in Vietnam was steep. A cunning enemy and restrictive terrain required escort units to possess well-understood and rehearsed battle drills, to have mobile and lethal convoy...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Ambush at Thon Tham Khe

    Within 24 hours of hitting the beach in Operation Badger Tooth, 48 Marines were dead. The question that remains: Why? Marine Lance Corporal Larry Christensen was exhausted—and greatly disillusioned—from his first real battle as he...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Aircraft Carriers at War

    Aircraft Carriers at War by James L. Holloway. Naval Institute Press, Washington, D.C., 2007, hardcover $34.95. James L. Holloway offers a well-rounded analysis and discussion of the role that the aircraft carrier played in American naval...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    No Peace in the Valley

    One platoon’s daring raid to take Signal Hill was key to a massive air cav assault in the A Shau Valley. As evening approached on April 9, 1968, Sergeant Doug Parkinson’s six-man long-range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP, or “Lurp”)...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The LVTP-5 amtrac pulled its weight in Vietnam

    On December 11, 1967, two Marine provisional rifle platoons moved in on a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) position near the mouth of the Cua Viet River. An attached company of Marine infantry had spotted an NVA platoon the day before. Part of...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    First Blood in Korean Skies

    In a brief but eventful combat career, the F-82 Twin Mustang proved its worth over Korea. By early 1945 it seemed obvious to the Allies that Japan would never surrender and the only way to achieve total victory in the Pacific War was by...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Review: Call of Duty 4

    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare by Activision, 2007, $59.99. This contemporary warfare shooter trades in the franchise’s flak jackets for ghillie suits and its binoculars for red dot laser scopes. Players choose from the British G36c...

  • Military History Magazine

    Crushed on the Horns of Hattin

    In 1187 Saladin’s Muslim armies drove the Latin Crusaders from the Middle East. On July 4, 1187, the Crusader army in the Latin East, led by Guy of Lusignan, king of Jerusalem, ceased to exist. Saladin’s Muslim armies slaughtered them...

  • Military History Magazine

    Sniper: America’s Army of One

    Since the invention of the long rifle, snipers have made a tactical difference. In March 2002, during early combat operations in Afghanistan, a Canadian sniper shot and killed an al Qaeda fighter at the remarkable range of 2,430 meters....

  • Military History Magazine

    Wars That Won the World

    It is war—for all its destructive impact on humankind— that has driven the West to its present dominance over the world’s other civilizations. That is the conclusion of advances over the past four decades in our historical...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Right Hand of Khan

    General Subotai’s Mongols overran Europe in 1241—and taught the Red Army how to fight. In 1221 a cavalry force of some 20,000 Mongols under Genghis Khan’s ablest general, Subotai, began a “reconnaissance” of the West. They swept...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: The Big Red One

    The Big Red One: America’s Legendary 1st Infantry Division from World War I to Desert Storm by James Scott Wheeler, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2007, $34.95. Doing justice to the U.S. 1st Infantry Division’s 91-year...

  • Military History Magazine

    Decision at Plataea, 479 BC

    For the Greeks, victory would secure autonomy— defeat would mean Persian domination. Marathon and Miltiades, Salamis and Themistocles, Thermopylae and Leonidas—such names resonate in the annals of the 5th century BC Greco-Persian Wars....

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned: from the San Juan Heights

    The Spanish-American War ran its course in the spring and summer of 1898. Between April 25 and August 12, U.S. forces destroyed two Spanish fleets, seized the Philippines, captured Guam and Puerto Rico, and pursued a campaign in Cuba that...