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    Portraits of the Mutiny

    British artists’ imaginative depictions of the 1857 sepoy rebellion helped fan the flames of public outrage. To say that the outbreak of the sepoy rebellion in northern India in the spring of 1857 shocked and appalled the British would...

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    “Nobody Knew Who Was in Charge”

    A veteran of the Napoleonic wars reflects on his experiences at Quatre Bras, where the bravery of individual French soldiers won the day, and at Waterloo, where it did not. Napoleonic War veteran Jean-Baptiste Jolyet had served with the...

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    Flying Blind: The Army Air Corps Delivers the Mail

    Tasked with carrying the mail when commercial airmail contracts were canceled in early 1934, the army air corps was thoroughly unprepared for the job— resulting in nearly a dozen airman deaths and accusations of ‘legalized murder’....

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    Before The Sound of Music

    The Trapp family patriarch made his name as the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s leading U-boat ace during World War I. We know him best as the stern widower father of the Trapp Family Singers, a former Austrian naval officer who raises his...

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    Kill-Cavalry’s Ride to the Sea

    William T. Sherman considered Judson Kilpatrick ‘a hell of a damned fool’—just the man to lead his cavalry on the March to the Sea. Major General William Tecumseh Sherman was of two minds when it came to using mounted forces in his...

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    The Mechelen Affair

    Sometimes small events have huge repercussions, as when a plane crash led Hitler to alter his French campaign plan of attack—and in the process confounded Allied defensive preparations. In histories of the 1940 Battle of France,...

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    Slaughter on the Wabash

    Although the 1791 disaster would be remembered as St. Clair’s Defeat, the officer behind it—described as ‘worse than a murderer’ by President Washington—was cleared by a congressional committee of all wrongdoing...

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    Big Ben’s Fight for Life

    A Japanese bomber nearly sank USS Franklin in a March 1945 attack, but despite fires and explosions that killed a third of the seamen, its determined captain and crew kept the carrier afloat. Off the coast of Japan on March 19, 1945, USS...

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    Churchill’s Counterfeit Nation

    When the British prime minister ordered an invasion of Iraq in 1941, it was neither the first nor last time a Western power meddled in Mesopotamian affairs. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had many compelling arguments for...

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    Fighting Words: Cliché Expressions

    Many military expressions that have entered everyday vocabulary have been used often enough that they can now be considered clichés. Take, for example, all present and accounted for which originated as a response to roll call. It...

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    George Washington’s Tears

    When General Washington wept while bidding his officers farewell, was it sadness at parting from old comrades or bitterness over having let his men down? General George Washington wept as he said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern...

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    Ask MHQ: What Caused Longstreet’s Delay?

    Q: Did the “delayed start” of Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s attack at the Battle of Gettysburg on the afternoon of July 2, 1863, result from General Robert E. Lee’s command style or from Longstreet responding too slowly to...

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    MHQ Letters from Readers- Spring 2008

    Admiral on Board Could that be Rear Admiral Hyman G. Rickover standing on the port fairwater of Scorpion talking to another officer in the Winter 2008 cover photo? Edward Costello Bellevue, Wash. Editor’s note: The picture does include...

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    MHQ Letter from the Editor- Spring 2008

    MHQ is in its twentieth year of publication. On the surface its longevity may not seem impressive, but in the American magazine business, The Quarterly Journal of Military History has lasted longer than most. The first such periodical,...

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    MHQ Book Review: War and Peace in the Ancient World

    War and Peace in the Ancient World Kurt A. Raaflaub (editor), (Blackwell Publishing, 2007), 385 pages, $39.95. This volume is the first in a new series whose stated purpose is to “pursue important social, political, religious, economic,...

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    MHQ Book Review: Retribution

    Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-1945 Max Hastings, (Random House, 2008), 656 pages, $35. Few contemporary historians are more qualified to write on World War II than Britain’s Max Hastings. Not that his conclusions make welcome...