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    Bonaparte at Bay: The Battle at Leipzig, 1813

    In the turbulent spring of 1812 Napoleon Bonaparte was the master of Europe. But then, in what would prove an act of sheer hubris, the Corsican chose to invade Russia. The outcome is well known: The Russians traded their vast spaces for...

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    Cornwallis: From Yorktown to India — and Redemption

    In America, General Cornwallis lost the Yorktown battle. In India, he won acclaim as a military and political leader. IN JANUARY 1782, General Charles, 2nd Earl Cornwallis returned to England as a prisoner of war on parole. George...

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    Fighting for Forage

    In New Jersey, ominous lessons for the British emerge from a little-known campaign in the bitter winter of 1777. George Washington’s defeat of the Hessians at Trenton on December 26, 1776, had been a masterstroke. His follow-up victory...

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    Ancient Rivalry, Modern Clash

    With the Ottoman Empire in ruins, Greek and Turkish nationalists wage an epic fight for Asia Minor. Greek culture once dominated the Middle East. As early as the ninth century BC, Greeks established settlements and trading posts along the...

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    An American Fandango in Monterrey

    His expansionist appetite whetted by the 1845 annexation of Texas, U.S. president James K. Polk sought war with Mexico to force more territorial concessions. Thanks to the recently developed electric telegraph network, word of the United...

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    Behind the Lines: When Empires Collapse

    Do wars cause empires and societies to collapse? History’s answers are never black and white. Warfare is frequently blamed for the collapse of empires. But histor­ical examples of societies that fell after warfare can be placed in two...

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    MHQ Comments- Spring 2014

    A Real Cannon and Its Ammunition I noted two significant errors in the article “Doomsday on Wheels?” Winter 2014. To the best of my knowledge, the military services have never referred to any weapon system as an “artillery...

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    Controlling Changsha, Controlling China

    Now all but forgotten, Changsha was one of the most bitterly contested cities of the Pacific War. The city of Changsha is today, as it was in the 1930s, a bustling urban space amid the bountiful rice fields of China’s Hunan Province. Its...

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    Who Lost World War II?

    Was it Hitler? Or the overrated German General Staff? After the Second World War ended German dreams of world conquest, many of the Third Reich’s generals wrote self-serving, exculpatory memoirs depicting themselves as military...

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    The Rock of Legend: Gibraltar

    The world’s premier natural fortress, Gibraltar has always been a tough nut to crack. The Rock. For centuries the term meant only one place: The Rock of Gibraltar. In ancient times it formed the northern- most of the famed twin Pillars...

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    Perfect Storm at Tenochtitlan 1521

    How Cortés’s band of hidalgos destroyed the Mexica Empire. It had been an amazing triumph, an unprecedented journey to the top of the wheel of fortune. It was May 1520, and Cortés and his little army—about 400 Spanish warriors and...

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    Artemisia at Salamis

    When the outnumbered Greek feet outfought Xerxes’s great navy in 480 BC, the Persians’ only winner was Artemisia, history’s first known female admiral. In 411 BC the Greek playwright Aristophanes staged his famous play comedy in...

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    The Birth of German Militarism

    The legendary, victorious campaigns of the Great Elector, Frederick William I. Wordsworth famously wrote: “The child is father of the man.” Things happen to us, in other words, in childhood or even infancy that can affect us for the...

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    Unknown Soldier: A Poet at the Point

    Edgar Allan Poe’s turbulent stint in the United States Army. In biographical legend Edgar Allan Poe is remembered as a tortured aesthete, a solitary romantic genius, unrecognized and adrift in a cash-and-carry society. He is also...

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    Interview with Antulio J. Echevarria II

    In his newly published analysis of how the United States has, throughout its history, waged war—Reconsidering the American Way of War—retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Antulio J. Echevarria II confronts a significant disconnect...

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    Book Review: Give Me a Fast Ship

    Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America’s Revolution at Sea  By Tim McGrath. 560 pages. NAL Caliber, 2014. $26.95 Yes, there really was a naval component to the American Revolution, but it was by no means well...