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  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: The Son Tay Raid

    The Son Tay Raid: American POWs in Vietnam Were Not Forgotten by John Gargus. Texas A & M University Press, College Station, 2007, hardcover $45. In the Son Tay Raid, John Gargus asserts that although military schools may continue to...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    From Spitfires to Saberjets: The Making of an Ace

    It took him 10 years and two wars, but Canadian fighter pilot Omer Levesque finally got his fifth victory in the skies over Korea. On March 31, 1951, Joseph Auguste Omer Levesque became the first British Commonwealth pilot to shoot down a...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Last Raid of a Rebel Pirate

    John Yates Beall, the “Mosby of the Chesapeake,” launched a daring scheme to rescue Confederate POWs on Lake Erie. In the years before the Civil War, what is now West Virginia was torn by inner strife. The issues of slavery and...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Libby Prison Breakout

    Libby Prison Breakout: The Daring Escape From the Notorious Civil War Prison by Joseph Wheelan, Public Affairs, 2010, $26.95  The audacious escape from Libby Prison by 109 Union soldiers in February 1864 is, of course, the focus of...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: The Navy’s First POW Hero

    Edouard Izac U.S. Navy Medal of Honor North Atlantic and Germany June–October 1918 Edouard Izac was born in Iowa in 1891, but grew up speaking German at home. (His father hailed from the German-speaking area of Alsace, France, while his...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: Hero Found

    Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War by Bruce Henderson, Harper, New York, $27.99 Dieter Dengler was born and raised to be a prisoner of war. That opinion isn’t rooted in a belief in fate but in the resourcefulness,...

  • Military History Magazine

    Justice by Firing Squad

    Tried for ordering the execution of American prisoners of war, a German general ultimately faced his own judgement day. “Ready. Aim. FIRE!” At that last command, a dozen American soldiers fired their rifles at a German Wehrmacht...

  • MHQ Magazine

    MIA

    The author’s husband, navy lieutenant Frank Callihan Elkins, disappeared in his A-4 Skyhawk somewhere in Nghe Tinh Province, Vietnam, in October 1966. It took 23 years to find him. EVERY WAR HAS PRODUCED SOME NUMBER OF MEN WHOSE...

  • CIVIL WAR TIMES MAGAZINE

    Insight: Absent Without Leave

    Were confederate deserters really losing the will to fight? Historians examining Confederate defeat often describe desertion as both a symptom and a cause. As conditions behind the lines worsened, loved ones begged soldiers to return home....

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    The Great Libby Prison Breakout

    One by one, the Union soldiers crawled out of the fetid tunnel into Richmond’s dark streets. A rush of fetid air and a chorus of “Fresh fish! Fresh fish!” greeted Colonel Thomas Rose of the 77th Pennsylvania Volunteers when the thick...

  • MHQ Magazine

    “Murderers of Koje-do!”

    In 1953, Communist POWs in a camp off the coast of South Korea proved that MacArthur was wrong: There is a substitute for victory.    FOR 40 YEARS OF THE COLD WAR, WHENEVER THE AMERICAN MILITARY actually fought a hot war of any...

  • World War II Magazine

    Game Review: Absolute Victory

    World War II's resident gamer Chris Ketcherside reviews Compass Games' highly detailed, fun strategic game, Absolute Victory...

  • World War II Magazine

    Game Review: Steel Division-Normany 44

    World War II's resident gamer Chris Ketcherside reviews Paradox Interactive's thrilling new Normandy installment of Steel Division ...

  • World War II Magazine

    Game Review: Sniper Elite IV

    World War II's resident gamer Chris Ketcherside reviews Rebellion Games' Sniper Elite IV, a fast-pumping, nonstop action first-person shooter game....

  • World War II Magazine

    ‘Don’t Worry’: Letters to POWs

    Dozens of kind strangers relay an American POW’s reassuring words. In late November 1944, Private First Class Richard E. Kells and his unit were pulled off the front lines near the French town of Niederbronn-les-Bains, just shy of the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Battle for Baikal

    In 1918 the Czecho-Slovak Legion found itself fighting the Red Army in Siberia for control of the world’s deepest lake.   ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR YET LITTLE-KNOWN stories of World War I and the Russian Revolution is the...