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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Letters from Readers- December 2010

    Readers Point to the War’s Decisive Moments More than 100 readers responded to our article “What Was the Turning Point of World War II?” in the July/August issue, submitting their own turning points by mail and joining the debate at...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Missing Alamo Missives

    On March 3, 1836, three days before the iconic last stand, Texian couriers slipped several dispatches through Mexican lines. Have those letters vanished from history?...

  • MHQ Magazine

    ‘A Madman’s Business’

    Death was everywhere at Cold Harbor in 1864, but the point of the killing and the war itself seemed lost. THE REVERED CIVIL WAR HISTORIAN and writer Bruce Catton won a Pulitzer Prize in 1954 for A Stillness at Appomattox, his account of...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Churchill at War: Scandinavian Twist

    Churchill’s fiasco in Norway in 1940 propelled him into office—and ensured Hitler would fail to turn back the D-Day invasion four years later. On April 15, 1940, utterly alone and deeply worried, the commander in chief of Germany’s...

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Letters from Readers- Winter 2011

    Illusions of victory WHEN I READ your magazine, I seek to learn about new subjects or aspects of the familiar that I had not considered. But “Blinded by Hope” Autumn 2010, by Thomas Fleming, left me unenlightened and, frankly, angry....

  • MHQ Magazine

    Wellesley’s Trial

    How the calcified British high command nearly sacrificed the young general— and Britain’s future—after he defeated the French in 1808. Victory on the battlefield can be easily frittered away. Anyone familiar with the British Army in...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The End of Athens

    A demagogue, a treacherous ally, and a brutal Roman general destroyed the city-state—and democracy—in the first century BC. Two scenes from Athens in the first century BC: Early summer, 88 BC A cheering crowd surrounds the envoy...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Battle of Algiers, Torture, and Marcel Bigeard

    IN LATE 1956 FRENCH AUTHORITIES concluded they had to stop the protests and terrorist bombings in Algiers. The 10th Parachute Division assumed civil and military powers in the Algerian capital and its paras set about destroying the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Revolution Unleashed

    In the 1950s, Algerian rebels fought the French for independence, losing nearly every battle, but winning the war. Glasses tinkled and voices rose and fell with laughter at the Milk-Bar, a soda shop in the European section of Algiers, the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Fooled Again

    A band of 57 Modoc warriors repeatedly outsmarted and outfought U.S. Army troops in California’s rugged high desert. On the cold, flint-gray morning of November 29, 1872, as sleet drummed the frozen earth, 37 troopers of Company B, 1st...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Tactical Exercises: Art of the Siege

    A Byzantine emperor’s military manual describes how psychological warfare can break the will of the enemy. Leo VI, the Byzantine emperor from AD 886 to 912, was an extraordinary armchair general. Though he probably never set foot on the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Letters from Readers- Summer 2011

    Who’s to Blame for the PT-109 Disaster? I HAVE BEEN WAITING almost 50 years for this article “War of Revenge,” Spring 2011. I was 13 when I first read an account of the sinking of the PT-109 and wrote a book report that said I...

  • Military History Magazine

    Father of the Navy

    John Barry fought for his adoptive country at sea and presided at the birth of the U.S. Navy Royal Navy Lieutenant Richard Boger was vexed. The commander of the eight-gun sloop tender HMS Edward had been chasing an unidentified merchantman...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Maccabees of St. Gall

    Ninth-century Benedictine monks created a beautifully illustrated account of the Jewish revolt of 174 BC. In the modern imagination, the medieval knight is a glamorous figure. No other warrior in Western history seems so admirable, so...

  • World War II Magazine

    Fire for Effect: Invisible Man Simpson

    Skillful, reliable, and able to handle any mission, a guy named Bill Simpson managed to be one of the greatest generals all while avoiding the spotlight. ...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Review: Noble Warrior

    Noble Warrior: The Story of Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret.), Medal of Honor by James E. Livingston, Colin D. Heaton and Anne-Marie Lewis, Zenith Press, 2010 A former U.S. Army soldier and Marine Scout Sniper—during which he...