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  • Military History Magazine

    Crimean Fiasco: Battle of the Alma

    Incompetence, stupidity and arrogance trumped bravery and technological innovation in the first truly modern war. Two world wars have obscured the huge scale and enormous human cost of the Crimean War. Today it is almost forgotten. Even in...

  • Military History Book Reviews

    Book Review: Russia’s Last Gasp

    Prit Buttar presents the third of his exhaustively researched four-volume set on the World War I Eastern Front...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Extremes: Flying Ships

    Russian dreams of gigantic ground-effect planes are dead in the water. The story of modern transportation is littered with vehicles that were supposed to be game-changers but that invariably became yet more deposits in the dustbin of...

  • Military History Book Reviews

    Book Review: Sevastopol’s Wars

    Mungo Melvin catalogs the clashes that have bloodied one of the world's most fought-over pieces of ground...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Soviet and Russian Testbed Aircraft

    Soviet and Russian Testbed Aircraft by Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov, Hikoki Publications, Specialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 2011, $56.95 This is a book for the aviation devotee, someone who keeps up on all the current literature...

  • 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...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Missions, Sea Otters and California Indians

    The Spanish wanted to convert the local Indians, while the Russians chose to exploit the coastal marine life. Guess which Europeans the Indians preferred? In October 1771, within a month of the founding of Mission San Gabriel Arcángel (in...

  • AMERICA'S CIVIL WAR MAGAZINE

    War on the Water: A Little Russian Roulette

    Citizens of New York awoke the morning of September 11, 1863, to discover a 33-gun screw frigate anchored off Pier 8 in the city’s harbor. The ship flew what was clearly a foreign ensign—crossed blue stripes against a white field—but...

  • 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...

  • HistoryNet, Reviews

    Wargame Reviews- Armchair General January 2014

    Strategic Command: Assault on Communism Strategic Command: Assault on Communism new expansion to Command: WWII Global Strategic, a Conflict, covers the 1941-45 German-Soviet war in Russia. Players can choose to fight a specific campaign...

  • MHQ

    6 Questions | Author Mungo Melvin

    MAJOR GENERAL MUNGO MELVIN is a retired senior British Army officer with considerable experience in the analysis of operations and joint professional military education. He saw operational service in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, and...

  • MHQ Magazine

    How to Prepare for a Battle: Riga

    At Riga in 1917, the German Eighth Army showed the Russians how it’s done. The German army offensive to capture the Latvian seaport city of Riga and destroy the Russian Twelfth Army was one of the most complex—and meticulously...

  • Military History Magazine

    Taking Crimea… Again

    Armies from antiquity to the present day have wrangled over this patch of ground in the Black Sea but why? The three key principles of the real estate business, the saying goes, are “location, location, location.” The style of a home,...

  • Military History Magazine

    Sideshow on the Danube

    Kutuzov has spent most of military career fighting the Turks. On April 1, 1811, one-eyed General Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov arrived in Bucharest to take command of Russia’s army in Moldavia and Wallachia. An exhausting and indecisive...

  • Military History Magazine

    Taming Chechnya

    What seemed a simple intervention to the Russian Army in 1994 quickly turned into a bloodbath with lessons for another war. Forty years after emerging victorious from World War II, the massive, well-equipped Soviet army dominated much of...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The First Shturmovik

    The Germans beat the Russians in developing a ground-attack airplane—by an entire war. During World War I, few combat assignments were as dangerous and as disliked by aircrews as ground-attack missions. Strafing was certainly terrifying...