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  • MHQ Magazine

    Napoleon’s Desert Storm

    Why Western armies win battles— but not wars—in the Muslim world. Crimson and azure robes embroidered with silver and gold flashed in the hot Egyptian sun as 7,000 Mamluk cavalry trotted toward the invaders, Napoleon Bonaparte’s Army...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Behind the Lines: Born of Blood and Compassion

    A witness to the carnage of a Crimean War battle founds the Red Cross. Sometime during the sweltering day of June 24, 1859, Jean Henri Dunant inadvertently stumbled into the crevasse of horror created by one of the great battles of the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Experience: Life on an Ironclad

    A Union sailor’s letters describe his posting at Richmond’s naval front and the Confederacy’s final days. The story of the common soldier in the American Civil War is well known. Less familiar are narratives of the common sailor’s...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Unknown Soldier: Georgia’s Renaissance Man

    A boy king vanquished the Turks and ushered in a golden age. In the late 11th century, the European nation-state of Georgia was on the brink of annihilation. Over the previous century Seljuk Turks had invaded and annexed much of the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The American Mayor of Saigon

    Was Archie Kuntze brought down by his own corruption, disgruntled MACV leadership, or was it just love? In the spring of 1938 the sons of Sheboygan,Wisconsin,dreamed far more practical dreams than had their parents. That year’s Sheboygan...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Tet: The Center of the Storm

    While Tet remains widely regarded as a big surprise, Lt. Gen. Frederick Weyand saw it coming and swiftly crafted a crushing counterattack that left the enemy decimated in the battle for Saigon. The Tet Offensive of 1968 was a watershed...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Letter from the Editor- February 2012

    Weyand’s Winning Ways It is commonly held that the massive offensive launched by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army forces on January 31, 1968, was a military disaster for the Communists, leaving the VC severely weakened and the NVA...

  • World War II Magazine

    Fire For Effect: Three-Minute Marshall

    FDR was determined to keep the U.S. out of war, but in just a few short minutes General George C. Marshall changed his mind and history...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Travels Against Charlie

    American literary legend John Steinbeck’s last work was a risky assignment as a war correspondent in Vietnam. Nearly three decades after John Steinbeck wrote his 1939 masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath, the 64-year-old Nobel...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Esper and Ut Ride Again

    Long after the war, the AP’s George Esper and Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Nick Ut turned up to get another scoop in Vietnam. Vietnam’s June 2012 issue, with its remembrance of George Esper and story behind Nick Ut’s...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    America’s Civil War DVD Review: Gods and Generals

    Gods and Generals— Extended Director’s Cut Warner Home Video 280 minutes, 2011, $29.95 When Gods and Generals hit theaters in 2003, many Civil War enthusiasts were  optimistic it would be a worthy follow-up to the 1993 epic film...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    America’s Civil War Book Review: Stuart’s Tarheels

    Stuart’s Tarheels: James B. Gordon and his North Carolina Cavalry in the Civil War, Second Edition Chris J. Hartley; McFarland & Co., 2011, $55 A North Carolinian himself, Chris J. Hartley makes no secret of his affection for the...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    America’s Civil War Book Review: General Braxton Bragg

    General Braxton Bragg, C.S.A. Samuel J. Martin; McFarland & Co., 2011, $55 Anyone interested in the Confederate high command in the Western Theater will have to read this 500-plus page biography of Braxton Bragg. Few will agree with...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Generals We Love to Hate

    Every war produces officers who distinguish themselves with honor and prowess, and officers who earn a legacy of disdain. Early in 1862, when his effort to defend the Confederate heartland appeared to be on the verge of complete failure,...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    America’s Civil War DVD Review: The Last Confederate

    The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams Directed by Julian Adams, 2007 Despite its misleading title (Robert Adams wasn’t the last Rebel of any kind), this earnest little melodrama by first-time filmmaker Julian Adams is about a...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    The Weakest Link

    In the winter of 1861, Allan Pinkerton’s best agent—Timothy Webster—provided the famous detective with information that helped thwart a plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln in Baltimore. A year later, Webster had...