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  • MHQ Magazine

    Classic Dispatches | Massacre at Majuba

    Thomas Fortescue Carter had never before worked as a war correspondent when he found himself, at age 22, covering the Anglo-Boer War of 1880–1881. “It was the first time I had been under fire,” he would write, “and I confess that...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Medal of Honor- Airborne

    Most first-person shooters, and especially World War II games, follow a linear level design. Follow this route to that location, take out those enemies, complete the objective here, rinse and repeat. But Medal of Honor: Airborne gives this...

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    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...

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    The Ultimate Weapon

    Precision-guided munitions have changed the modern battlefield, and in the process created a new American way of war. On March 30, 1972, as American troop strength in Vietnam fell to a seven-year low—well below the hundred-thousand...

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    European Power Projection

    Far from an inexorable march of conquest, Western Europe’s early military forays around the world rode an ebb and flow tide of mercantilism. During the period from 1500 to 1800, the nations of Western Europe burst onto the world stage...

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    New Light on Ancient Battles

    A careful reading between—or even underneath—the lines can change our interpretation of pivotal military engagements. From the vantage point of the 21st century, the seemingly remote historical events of ancient Greece appear...

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    MHQ Letters from Readers- Winter 2008

    Fine Summer Reading Some twenty years ago, I discovered MHQ and thought all my birthdays had come at once: a great variety of historical stories on a wide range of subjects, with the hallmark of the magazine being its learned articles on...

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    MHQ Book Review: Victory in War

    Victory in War: Foundations of Modern Military Policy William C. Martel, Cambridge University Press, 2007, 447 pages, $35. With our military forces fighting in a war that has stretched over six years in Afghanistan and already passed the...

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    MHQ Book Review: War and Peace in the Ancient World

    War and Peace in the Ancient World Kurt A. Raaflaub (editor), (Blackwell Publishing, 2007), 385 pages, $39.95. This volume is the first in a new series whose stated purpose is to “pursue important social, political, religious, economic,...

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    Changing Conceptions of English Castles

    Castles in Britain have always served as symbolic displays of power and wealth, but their military purpose cannot be overlooked. Castles have traditionally been viewed as heavily defended strongholds designed to protect inhabitants from...

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    Fighting Words: Weapon-Derived Phrases

    Our lexicographer considers some widespread words and phrases derived from weaponry. From earliest times to the present, weaponry has given us numerous expressions that appear in everyday speech. Take, for example, All early firearms were...

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    Developing the Fire Team

    Various nations explored ways to deploy automatic rifles before the cosmopolitan fire team found a permanent home in the U.S. Marine Corps. For more than half a century, the rifle squads of the U.S. Marine Corps have been organized with a...

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    Can the Counters Be Counted On?

    Despite biased historians and few primary sources, the numbers in the ancients’ battle tales are surprisingly reliable. In 256 the navies of the Carthaginian and Roman republics confronted each other within sight of Cape Ecnomus on the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: The Tet Offensive- A Concise History

    The Tet Offensive: A Concise History By James H. Willbanks, Columbia University Press, New York, 2006, hardcover $31. Vietnam veteran and military historian James H. Willbanks’s The Tet Offensive: A Concise History will stand with Don...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Storming the Citadel

    Fighting house to house, the Marine battle to regain Hue’s south side and recapture the historic Imperial City was a bloody affair. It was a chilly morning and the skies were a lead gray as the convoy slowly snaked its way along Highway...

  • World War II Magazine

    Fire for Effect: Inertia in the Solomons

    National WWII Museum's senior historian Robert M. Citino talks about how the many moments in the war "when inertia seemed to dominate strategy."...