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  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: The Echo of Battle

    The Echo of Battle: The Army’s Way of War by Brian McAllister Linn, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2007, $27.95. In an era of extended warfare, the message of Brian McAllister Linn’s important new book is that there is no...

  • Military History Magazine

    John Paul Jones: Sea Power Visionary

    John Paul Jones pioneered the idea of global sea power a century before the rise of the modern U.S. Navy. John Paul Jones is best known as a warrior, a tough commander who repeatedly beat the odds in one of history’s bloodiest scenarios:...

  • Military History Magazine

    Interview: Thomas Allen- Military Secrets Revealed at Last

    With publication of his book Declassified: 50 Top-Secret Documents that Changed History, historian and author Thomas B. Allen opens the curtain on what amounts to an alternate view of some of the most famous and decisive military conflicts...

  • Military History Magazine

    Why Terrain Matters

    Beyond the monuments and memorials, the world’s legendary battlefields hold valuable lessons for modern military leaders and historians. Battlefield tours are big business these days. From the ancient parched ground of Megiddo in...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Top 10 War Books of All Time

    We asked 50 military historians what they consider the 10 best war books ever written. Here are their picks— with a surprise or two. Since the dawn of recorded history, war has proven an irresistible, inexhaustible and universally...

  • World War II Magazine

    Operation Starvation

    A brilliant synergy between air and sea came close to defeating Japan even before the atomic bombs. Late on the afternoon of March 27, 1945, 102 four-engine Boeing B-29s clattered aloft from Tinian, rising ponderously from the island and...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Reinventing the Battlefield

    America’s Civil War featured heavy rifle fire and entrenched combatants while the cavalry and artillery played subordinate roles. Battle was the defining characteristic of the American Civil War. Some authorities count as many as 10,000...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    ‘These guys are reading our mail’

    Understanding the enemy is the cardinal sin of warfare. Yet the Americans in Vietnam continually made this mistake when it came to their own communications security and the ability of the North Vietnamese, and especially the Viet Cong, to...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    High Tech vs. Low Tech

    The striking battle of wits and ingenuity that kept about half of the war’s choppers flying…and got about half of them shot down. “All of us who fought on the ground in Vietnam, we rode to war in the Huey, and that ‘whup, whup,...

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned: from the Battle of Thessaly

    In 353 BC Philip of Macedon marched into Thessaly at the request of the Thessalian League to attack the city  of Pherae, which had allied itself with Phocis against Thebes in the Third Sacred War. Upon learning of Philip’s...

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned: from the Battle of Ball’s Bluff

    In mid-October 1861, Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac, ordered a Union push toward Leesburg, Va., hoping perhaps to capture the town on the far left flank of Confederate forces facing Washington. On Oct....

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Review: Attack and Die

    Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern Heritage by Grady McWhiney and Perry D. Jamieson Were Confederate soldiers culturally programmed to charge like screaming savages even though they knew they were committing...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Game Review: Engage Yourself in Global War

    Hearts of Iron III grand strategy game for the PC that is an ambitious puts you in control of any nation that existed between 1936 and 1948. The object is to guide the economic policies, politics, and armed forces of the nation of your...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Steuben Comes to America

    A Prussian captain’s discipline and vast military experience have had a lasting influence on the army of the United States. On February 24, 1778, Capt. Gen. George Washington, commander in chief of the Continental Army, rode out from the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Germany’s Blunders

    Teutonic military history of the 20th century was marked by tactical brilliance but undone by strategic incompetence. The 20th century opened with an unprecedented flurry of technological and scientific advances. Among the nations at the...

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned: from the Dieppe Raid

    Although Lord Louis Mountbatten oversaw India’s postwar independence from Britain and was later murdered in a headline-grabbing IRA bombing, history best remembers him for the World War II debacle at Dieppe. Despite Mountbatten’s...