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  • CIVIL WAR TIMES MAGAZINE

    Interview With Ian C. Hope: West Point and the War

    Canadian military officer and historian Ian C. Hope combed through the records of West Point graduates and turned up 1,135 who served the North or the South. He began studying their education and how it influenced the Civil War. He found...

  • Military History Magazine

    Napoléon: What Made Him Great?

    A talented combat leader, the diminutive emperor was also a shrewd judge of human nature. President Harry S. Truman once defined a leader as “a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don’t want to do, and like...

  • Military History Magazine

    Great Scot at Waterloo

    George Drummond Graeme was the last man standing at La Haye Sainte farmhouse during the epic 1815 battle. Just off the N5 highway connecting the Belgian cities of Charleroi and Brussels stands La Haye Sainte, a privately owned farm complex...

  • HistoryNet

    The Birth of Modern War

    How the 1860s changed the fields of battle forever. The 10-year span that began with the American Civil War in 1861 and climaxed with a Prussian-led German army besieging Paris in 1870 changed warfare as profoundly as – and certainly...

  • Military History Magazine

    Wellington: The Greatness of the Iron Duke

    Arthur Wellesley Blended military prowess and political acumen to defeat Napoleon and unite Europe for a century. Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, was defined by his situational awareness. From India to the Iberian Peninsula to the...

  • Military History Magazine

    1812: The Bitter End

    When Napoleon invaded Russia in the summer of 1812, victory seemed certain—but then came winter. Five years after Napoléon Bonaparte’s retreat from Russia, Stendhal, the French novelist, who had been a supply officer in the...

  • Military History Book Reviews

    Book Review: Heligoland

    Jan Rüger relates the complex strategic history of the rocky North Sea isle of Heligoland...

  • Military History, MH Issues

    May 2017 Table of Contents

    The May 2017 issue features a cover story about Napoléon Bonaparte's Egyptian Expedition...

  • MHQ Magazine

    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...

  • MHQ Magazine

    French Lessons at West Point

    How Napoleonic strategy and tactics influenced generations of American officers. It is easy to characterize the U.S. Army in the 19th century as an organization of amateurs lacking the professionalism of its European contemporaries. The...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Book Review: In the Hour of Victory

    In the Hour of Victory: The Royal Navy at War in the Age of Nelson  By Sam Willis. 416 pages. W. W. Norton, 2014. $35.00 This big handsome book grew out of naval historian Sam Willis’s discovery in the British Library of a forgotten...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Clausewitz at War

    The Prussian military theoretician was combat tested in the Napoleonic Wars. Carl von Clausewitz’s major book, On War, published in 1832, remains the indispensable work on military theory and strategy, and he is respected worldwide as a...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Lion’s Last Roar: Marshal Michel Ney

    Napoléon’s beloved Marshal Michel Ney went down swinging a broken sword for France—only to face a firing squad of his countrymen. Napoléon Bonaparte called him “a lion” and amid an army of heroes singled him out as “the bravest...

  • Military History Book Reviews

    Book Review: Titan

    William R. Nester examines Great Britain's Napoleonic-era rise into a global military power...

  • HistoryNet

    Napoleon on War: A Book Review

    Colson, Bruno. Napoleon on War. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 2015. $45.00 Bruno Colson is a professor of history specializing in the history of military thought at the Universite de Namur in Belgium. He is the author of several...

  • MHQ Magazine

    How Napoleon Lost Paris

    In early March 1814, Napoleon was outmaneuvered at Laon, France, by Field Marshal Gebhard von Blücher’s Allied army, leaving the capital city of Paris unprotected   IN EARLY NOVEMBER 1813, several weeks after his crushing defeat...