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  • Ask Mr. History

    Why did Marshall Oppose the Recognition of Israel?

    Why did Gen. George Marshall oppose the recognition of the state of Israel in 1948? Kenneth A Hill   ???   Dear Mr. Hill, George C. Marshall’s official reasons for opposing recognizing the state of Israel in 1948 are well...

  • Military History Magazine

    Hallowed Ground | Megiddo (Armageddon), Israel

    Megiddo, in Israel’s Jezreel Valley, is among the most fought-over pieces of ground in human history...

  • Military History Magazine

    Is the IDF Invincible?

    Are the Israel Defense Forces really the world’s best army—or have they fought nothing but bush-league opponents? Commenting on the 19th century Confederation Helvetica, Austrian statesman Klemens von Metternich reportedly observed...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: Hunting Eichmann

    Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009, $26 When agents of Israel’s Mossad intelligence service kidnapped Nazi war...

  • Military History Magazine

    Heist in Cherbourg

    How Israel’s cool-hand naval commandos stole five missile boats from a French shipyard—on Christmas Eve. When France imposed an arms embargo on Israel on the eve of the June 1967 Six-Day War, it marked an end to the Franco-Israeli...

  • Military History Book Reviews

    Book Review: Enemies and Neighbors

    Ian Black examines the tortured history of the Arab-Israeli conflict through the present...

  • Military History Magazine

    Suez Smashup

    Soviet-backed Egypt fought U.S. ally Israel in a fierce three-year proxy battle now known as the War of Attrition. The opening clash in the three-year War of Attrition came just three weeks after the end of the Six-Day War, when Egyptian...

  • 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,...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    A Mideast Lion Comes West

    The F-21 proved its mettle in countless dogfights against U.S. Navy and Marine Corps fighters. Many Americans would be surprised to learn that during the latter half of the 1980s Israeli fighter aircraft regularly engaged in air-to-air...

  • MHQ Magazine

    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...

  • HistoryNet

    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...

  • HistoryNet

    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”...