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  • MHQ Magazine

    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...

  • MHQ Magazine

    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...

  • MHQ Magazine

    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."...

  • Military History Book Reviews

    Book Review: On Grand Strategy

    In this freewheeling intellectual exercise on strategy, John Gaddis challenges readers to think without telling them what to think...

  • 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...