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  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Ural on URLs-Mariners Museum

    The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Va., has about 60,000 square feet of exhibit galleries displaying more than 35,000 maritime artifacts. The majority of the museum’s holdings in the galleries and the research library are best...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Ural on URLs- Civil War Photography

    There were more than 5,000 active photographers in the United States during the Civil War. That helps explain the wealth of wartime photographs, ranging from young privates in smart new uniforms to families in camp, to the devastation left...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Ural on URLs- Doc South

    Take a moment to visit one of my favorite online resources: “The Southern Homefront 1861-1865,” launched by the University of North Carolina as part of its “Documenting the American South” site. The project addresses an information...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Ural on URLs US Dakota War

    In August 1862, Americans from New York City to Union-occupied New Orleans watched as Robert E. Lee’s Confederates moved against Union General John Pope’s Army of Virginia. Many were unaware of a boiling cauldron far to their north in...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Model Kit: German Rail Car G10

    Rail cars were indispensable to the German army when used for moving military troops and supplies— and, of course, moving souls to concentration camps. But despite the historical importance of military rail transport, until now there has...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Model Review: Bishop 25 Pounder Self-Propelled Artillery

    When the British Army faced off against the Germans in North Africa’s western desert, they were very much surprised and impressed by the enemy’s use of mobile artillery. Desperate to keep up, the British looked for a fix to their...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Model Review: Finnish Assault Gun BT-42

    During the war, the Finnish army found itself in a desperate struggle against an increasingly better-equipped Soviet army. The Finns had to make do with a large number of captured tanks, most of them lightly armored and lightly armed. In...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Model Kit: Russia’s ChTZ S-65 Tractor

    The Soviets greatly relied on tractors to transport heavy artillery and mortars across the battlefield. The most ominous of these was the ChTZ S-65 Stalinetz, “Sons of Stalin,” which was built in the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant. Founded...

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    Reviews- Armchair General March 2013

    Once an Eagle Myrer, with foreword by Carlo D’Este (Harper Perennial Modern by Anton Classics, 2013). Few novels have been as enthusiastically embraced by generations of U.S. military readers as this one. Myrer’s compelling story...

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    Reviews- Armchair General July 2013

    Hell or Richmond by Ralph Peters (Tor Forge, 2013).  Peters follows his best-selling Civil War historical novel (Tor Forge, 2012) with an- Cain at Gettysburg other triumph of meticulous scholarship, compelling characterization and...

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    Reviews- Armchair General September 2013

    Moment of Battle: The Twenty Clashes That Changed the World  by James Lacey and Williamson Murray (Bantam, 2013).  In the tradition of Sir Edward Creasy’s 1851 classic, Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World, two of today’s...

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    Reviews- Armchair General November 2013

    Hal Moore: A Soldier Once … and Always  by Mike Guardia (Casemate, 2013).  This outstanding biography is an Armchair General “twofer”! Guardia is an ACG contributing author, and General Hal Moore, the subject of Guardia’s...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Review: Test Pilot

    Test Pilot by Jimmy Collins He never was as famous as Doolittle, the other test pilot Jimmy, or as well-known as the flashy air racers of the 1930s, the Roscoe Turners and Speed Holmans. Just a working stiff who got by while hopping from...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Review: World of Warplanes

    A new free online multiplayer sim will soon offer a wild ride. While we typically review finished products in “Airware” rather than previews of releases still in development, I recently had a chance to explore the beta version of the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Airware Review: Flight Sims for Your Phone

    Take to the skies anywhere, anytime, with mobile apps in hand. The rise of smart phones gives gamers yet another way to soar virtually via flight simulations. This month we take look at three Android flight sims from the Google Play store...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Review: How to Fake a Moon Landing

    How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial by Darryl Cunningham (Abrams ComicArts) It may be hard to believe, but between 6 and 20 percent of Americans are sure the historic 1969 Apollo 11 mission happened on a movie...