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  • MHQ Magazine

    The Maccabees of St. Gall

    Ninth-century Benedictine monks created a beautifully illustrated account of the Jewish revolt of 174 BC. In the modern imagination, the medieval knight is a glamorous figure. No other warrior in Western history seems so admirable, so...

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned: from Mount Gilboa, 1006 BC

    The Israelite victory at Michmash Pass (1010 BC) sparked a popular uprising that ejected Philistine outposts from the Israelite hill country. Saul’s control of the foothills thwarted outright frontal assaults, so Philistine commanders...

  • Military History Magazine

    Slugfest on the Suez

    Egypt caught Israel by surprise on Yom Kippur 1973 with a brilliant cross-canal attack. Then IDF armor counterattacked… Major General Ariel Sharon assumed command of the Israel Defense Forces’ 143rd Reserve Armored Division on Oct. 6,...

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    A Short History of United Nations Peacekeeping

    For more than four decades, the Blue Helmets have carved out an impressive, and often overlooked, role for themselves monitoring cease-fire agreements, disarming rebel groups, and preserving law and order in troubled lands. The decrepit...

  • Military History Magazine

    Hallowed Ground: Route of the Lamed Hei, Israel

    Near the site where the Bible records David fighting the Philistine champion Goliath stands a monument to 35 Jewish fighters who died in a much more recent conflict. The Lamed Hei (the Hebrew numerals for 30 and five), as they are known,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Israeli’s Other Air Force

    The founding father of the IAF’s C-130 squadrons reveals the secret history of an innovative transport service. Flying in one of the Israeli Air Force’s aging C-130s is no treat. The smell of exhaust permeates the cargo hold, which is...

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    You Command: Battle on Golan Heights, 1973

    At 2 p.m. on October 6, 1973, during the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, Israel’s neighboring Arab states of Egypt and Syria launched a powerful, two-front surprise attack, targeting the Sinai in the south and the  Golan Heights in...

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    Siege of Lachish, 701 B.C.

    The Assyrians’ mastery of siegecraft conquered ancient Judah. The opening stanza of Lord Byron’s imortrtal poem “The Destruction of Sennacherib” resonates with a sense of the overwhelming catastrophe the Assyrian “wolf”...

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    You Command Solution: Battle on Golan Heights, 1973

    The July 2014 issue of Armchair General® presented the Combat Decision Game “Battle on Golan Heights, 1973.” This CDG placed readers in the role of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Captain Meir Zamir, commander of a company of 10 Centurion...

  • Military History Magazine

    Allenby Captures Jerusalem

    The British General’s muted entry through the Jaffa Gate as the tidewater moment in his well-conceived and hard-fought campaign for Palestine. In June 1917, amid another round of distressing news from the Western Front, British Prime...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Spitfire vs. Spitfire: Aerial Combat in Israel’s War of Independence

    Israel’s War of Independence was punctuated by wild aerial engagements that underscored the conflict’s confusing nature. Around noon on January 7, 1949, two patrolling Israeli Air Force (IAF) pilots in Supermarine Spitfires spotted a...

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    Richard the Lionheart and the Battle of Jaffa, 1192

    The English king’s Crusaders battled Saladin’s Muslim warriors in Palestine. Richard I, king of England and known as “Richard the Lionheart,” had fought his way into legend as leader of the Third Crusade (1189- 92). So had his...

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    Israel’s War of Independence, 1948: You Take Command

    As Major Moshe Dayan, YOU must lead your outnumbered Israeli defenders to defeat a powerful Arab attack. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations passed Resolution 181, authorizing the termination of the quarter-century-old League of...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Myth of Masada

    The 2,000-year-old hilltop fortress stands as a revered symbol of Jewish nationalism— but does the historic record support the myth or a very different reality? In 1963 Yigael Yadin, famed archeologist and former chief of staff of the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Fastest Phantom: An American-Israeli Program Modifies the F-4

    On November 6, 1971, a MiG-25R “Fox the Soviet Union’s 63rd Independent Air Detachment rolled out bat” reconnaissance plane from -of its hardened shelter at an air base near Cairo. In the cockpit was one of a group of men designated...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Film Review: Above and Beyond

    Above and Beyond produced by Nancy Spielberg, Playmount Productions, 2014 American fliers have a tradition of getting involved in other people’s wars, from mercenaries in Mexico’s revolution and the Lafayette Escadrille of World War I,...