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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Killing Rommel

    Killing Rommel: A Novel By Steven Pressfield. 320 pp. Doubleday, 2008. $24.95. The author of the best- selling Gates of Fire shifts fictional venues from the ancient world to the modern and scores a winner. Combining the meticulous...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Franco and Hitler

    Franco and Hitler: Spain, Germany, and World War II  By Stanley G. Payne. 336 pp. Yale University Press, 2007. $30.  Now a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Stanley Payne remains among the doyens of...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Bradley

    Bradley By Alan Axelrod. 224 pp. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. $21.95. Omar Bradley was the cautious general. He avoided unnecessary risks and always considered logistics before moving forward. This was a far cry from the aggressive,...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Artists on War: War in Miniature

    The military heir to Genghis Khan ensured his legacy through the creation of detailed histories illustrated with small but splendid paintings. After Genghis Khan’s empire disintegrated in the 14th century, another brilliant and ruthless...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Unintended Revolution

    Mexico’s war of independence started out as a coup and ended—thanks to a charismatic priest—with the creation of a nation. On August 25, 1810, Francisco Xavier Venegas de Saavedra, New Spain’s recently appointed viceroy,...

  • MHQ Magazine

    FDR Writes a Policy in Blood

    FDR’s blind insistence on unconditional surrender prolonged World War II and cost hundreds of thousands of lives. From January 14 to January 24, 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met and argued amiably and com- promised...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Togo Ignites The Rising Sun 1904-1905

    Admiral Togo opens the door to the Rising Sun’s catastrophic era of militarism. On the evening of February 8, 1904, life in the Russian military encampment at Port Arthur was good. The commander of the Russian Far Eastern Fleet, Vice...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Bragadin’s Defense

    In 1571, a Venetian captain’s fatal defiance at Famagusta hardened the lines between the Christian and Muslim worlds. On a late September day in the autumn of 1571, Marc’Antonio Bragadin, commander of the Venetian fortress of Famagusta...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Quelling a Pirate Revolt

    In 1718, a former British privateer finally brought Blackbeard and his cronies to bay. After 15 years of war and not 10 months of peace, British authorities realized they had a problem on their hands in the spring of 1714: a failed state...

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Book Review: Masters and Commanders

    Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941–1945 By Andrew Roberts. 674 pp. Allen Lane, 2008 $35 The special relationship that developed between the United States and Great Britain during World War II was...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Taking Tarragona

    In 1811, General Louis-Gabriel Suchet sought his marshal’s baton in the breach of a Spanish fortress. On the sweltering afternoon of Friday, June 28, 1811, French engineers surveyed the 10-meter- wide breach in the wall surrounding...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Emperor’s Tipping Point

    Forget Waterloo: Napoleon’s decline was clearly signaled by his failures at the Battle of Eylau eight years earlier. Poland, February 8, 1807. In the midst of a blizzard, Napoleon I, emperor of France, stands in the steeple of a church...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Reviews: Generals DuPuy and Abrams

    General William E. DuPuy: Preparing the Army for Modern War by Henry G. Gole. University Press of Kentucky, 2008, $35 Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times by Lewis Sorley. Indiana University Press, 2008,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Westy’s Regrets

    My brief respite in Hong Kong seemed to have gone by in a heartbeat, as the personnel transport truck’s tires squished over the muddy road past Vietnamese vendors squatting in their shanties. The only redeeming part of the gloomy ride...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam News- April 2009

    Shineski to VA, Jones to NSA: Obama Taps Vietnam Veterans for Top Posts “I think that General Shinseki is exactly the right person who is going to be able to make sure that we honor our troops when they come home,” President-elect...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    In the Eye of the Storm: Interview with General Nguyen Khanh

    General Nguyen Khanh sheds light on Saigon’s swirling world of coup and counter coup. “This Khanh is the toughest one they got and ablest one they got,” President Lyndon B. Johnson told a reporter in 1964. LBJ’s Secretary of...