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Historical Conflicts

  • World War II Magazine

    Out of the Deep: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

    When the USS Indianapolis sank in shark-infested waters, the navy unjustly held its captain responsible. It took more than 50 years to clear his name...

  • American History Magazine

    A Day to Remember: April 17,1961: Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The United States’ intervention in the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain, which brought on the Spanish-American War of 1898, was in large part motivated by a desire to protect extensive American business interests on the island....

  • American History Magazine

    Rethinking the Revolution

    Americans remember the Civil War for its unsparing brutality. But was our fight for independence even worse? When Confederate forces stormed the Union lines at Malvern Hill in July 1862, the carnage was so great that General Daniel H....

  • World War II Magazine

    World War II Travel: Louisiana Maneuvers

    Travel writer Mark D. Van Ells explores Louisiana’s World War II training grounds...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Arnhem 1944

    Arnhem 1944 by William F. Buckingham, Tempus Publishing, Shroud, Gloucestershire, 2005, $20 Students of World War II in Europe have long recognized the battle of Arnhem as an epic, a tragedy of doomed heroism. The drop of the British 1st...

  • World War II Magazine

    No Ports in a Storm

    As World War II dawned, Great Britain had already lost an important battle, one that would have costly consequences. In a moving Victory in Europe speech on May 13, 1945, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill could not restrain his...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • MHQ Magazine

    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...

  • MHQ Magazine

    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...

  • MHQ Magazine

    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...

  • MHQ Magazine

    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...

  • MHQ Magazine

    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...

  • MHQ Magazine

    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,...

  • MHQ Magazine

    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...