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  • Wild West Magazine

    Sam Colt’s Big Business Blunder Was a Boon to Other Gunmakers

    He turned down Rollin White’s offer, transforming the firearms world. During the shoot-’em-up days of the last half of the 1800s there were plenty of newspaper articles and pulp fiction stories written that described an Old West gunman...

  • Wild West Magazine

    While Colt Passed on Most Other Rifles, It Produced Some That Were...

    The company made these Winchester challengers for two decades. Of all the makes of guns used in the “shoot-’em-up” days of the Old West, Colts became the most iconic revolvers of that period, and Winchesters the most iconic repeating...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Letter from the Editor- Civil War Times October 2013

    Minié Balls and Memory Who knows how many millions of Minié balls were cast or pressed between 1861-1865? Those soft lead slugs were a constant presence in soldiers’ lives. Relichunters have collected thousands of bullets that had been...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Blackett’s War

    Blackett’s War: The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare By Stephen Budiansky. 336 pp. Knopf, 2013. $27.95. Admiral Karl Dönitz’s U-boats posed the single greatest threat to the Western Allies in...

  • World War II Magazine

    ‘I Am Destiny’: Reporting on the Atom Bomb

    To scoop the world on the atomic bomb, a reporter vanished into the corridors of top-secret power In early May 1945, U.S. Army Major General Leslie R. Groves visited the New York Times offices on West 43rd Street to talk with managing...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Arsenal | The .51-Caliber Copter Killer

    Operation Lamar Plain from May 15 to Aug. 14, 1969, a follow-up to the Battle of Hamburger Hill in the A Shau Valley, annihilated the North Vietnamese 2nd Regiment. In the end, 497 enemy soldiers were dead, including the regiment’s...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

    The Making of the Atomic Bomb: The 25th Anniversary of the Classic History By Richard Rhodes. 838 pp. Simon & Schuster, 2012 (with new forward by the author). $21.  The great Danish physicist Niels Bohr, writes journalist and...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Nazi Mega Weapons

    Nazi Mega Weapons: German Engineering in WWII 6 episodes on 2 discs. $29.99. There’s no question that the Nazis, obsessed with “miracle” weapons, thought really big. The Reich tried with increasing desperation—especially in the...

  • World War II Magazine

    Goliath Unleashed: Japan’s Supership

    When Japan’s supership finally took aim at its intended enemy during history’s greatest naval battle, the result was not at all what the Japanese had envisioned. Thursday morning, October 25, 1944, found the battleship Yamato steaming...

  • HistoryNet

    Operation Enduring Freedom and Post-U.S. Afghanistan

    It is past time to leave Afghanistan to the Afghans. The present government of the Islamic Repubic of Afghanistan exhibits the same deficiencies that characterized Afghan leadership for more than a thousand years—it is fragmented,...

  • HistoryNet

    Steel Pot: The Combat Helmet

    Separating fact from fiction about the origin of the modern combat helmet. THE SOLDIER AND THE SOUP BOWL … The story goes like this: When World War I began in August 1914, no soldiers in any army wore helmets, since such headgear had...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Doomsday on Wheels

    The U.S. Army’s unique, 85-ton artillery launcher could certainly shoot, but could it really scoot? CAMP DESERT ROCK, in the Frenchman Flat area of the Nevada Test Site, was warm and bustling with activity when dawn broke on May 25,...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Making of Mass Warfare 1789-1918

    A social revolution, a technological episode, and a mirror of the modern age. Military history as a discipline is not generally comfortable with syncretic overviews. Two recent examples: The hypothesis of a distinctively “Western way of...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: The FN FAL Battle Rifle

    The FN FAL Battle Rifle by Bob Cashner, Osprey Publishing, 2013 When most veterans of the Vietnam War think of an infantry weapon, it’s usually either an M-14, M-16, SKS carbine or AK-47. But to veterans from Australia and New Zealand,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Storms of Steel

    Artillery barrages from U.S. Army fire support bases proved devastatingly effective in both offensive and defensive roles. EARLY IN THE MORNING a large Communist force was about to attack his small camp about 5 kilometers from the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Book Review: U.S. Combat Shotguns

    U.S. Combat Shotguns by Leroy Thompson, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2013 The shotgun, scattering multiple rounds at close range rather than a single bullet from a distance, is a nasty weapon whose use by U.S. military forces is...