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  • MHQ Magazine

    Fertile Blood

    Medical progress, bought at the enormous cost of human lives, may be the most lasting and vital benefit of war.   “I am badly injured, Doctor; I fear I am dying… I think the wound in my shoulder is still bleeding.”...

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    Germany’s Secret Army, 1918-20

    Post-World War I “Freikorps” paramilitary units won control of Germany’s streets amid revolutionary chaos. Following the November 11, 1918, armistice that ended World War I’s four years of brutal fighting, German army troops...

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    Patton in World War I

    George Patton’s famed genius for war first appeared in 1918 on the battlefields of France. GEORGE S. PATTON JR.’S fame rests primarily on his deeds on the battlefields of World War II: the Operation Torch landings in North Africa in...

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    You Command: British Rifle Brigade in World War I, 1915

    YOU lead a battalion of British infantrymen in a daring night attack against German defenders in the Ypres Salient. The Great War that broke out in Europe in August 1914 began as a “war of movement.” German armies swept i ern France,...

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    Wargame Review- Armchair General July 2013

    Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough! Strategic Command WWI: Breakthrough! is an expansion pack to the turn-based game Strategic Command WWI: The Great War. The add-on features new operational-level campaigns, including the battles of...

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    The Kaiser’s Question, 1914

    The fate of the world hinged on one man’s answer. All of Europe tensed during the fateful summer of 1914 as the Austro- Hungarian Empire determined to eradicate the small Balkan kingdom of Serbia. There was little to covet in Serbia, a...

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    You Command Solution: British Rifle Brigade in World War I, 1915

    Historical outcome and winning Reader Solutions to CDG #56, May 2013 issue. The May 2013 issue of Armchair General® presented the Combat Decision Game “British Rifle Brigade in World War I, 1915.” This CDG placed readers in the role...

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    You Command: World War I in Africa, 1914

    As Lieutenant Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, YOU must lead outnumbered German colonial troops against British invaders. By August 1914, when World War I erupted in Europe, the European powers’ 19th and early 20th-century “scramble...

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    Game Buzz Armchair General November 2013

    Breaking the Chains: War in the South China Sea (compass games.com) is a board game depicting a near-future conflict. It emphasizes nautical combat with a smooth “strike” system that makes learning the rules easy and places the burden...

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    Failed Peace: The Treaty of Versailles, 1919

    What “everyone knows” about the infamous treaty ending World War I is wrong! Although we typically think of November 11, 1918, as the end date of World War I, that day only marked the start of an armistice ending the actual fighting,...

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    Experience: The Hunter and the Hunted

    An Australian sharpshooter stalks an enemy sniper during World War I. Ion Idriess (1889–1979) is best known as a popular and prolific Australian author. One of his earliest books, The Desert Column (1932), is based on the diaries he kept...

  • Military History Magazine

    First Black Colonel: Charles Young

    Charles Young made a career of breaking down barriers in the segregated U.S. Army. Charles Young was born into slavery in a two-room log cabin in Mays Lick, Ky., on March 12, 1864. His father Gabriel later fled to freedom and in 1865...

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned from Gallipoli

    Take, say, a rucksack, stuff it with poor leadership, bad timing, miscommunication and poor coordination among forces, political gamesmanship, overestimation of your own forces, underestimation of the enemy’s and steep uphill climbs...

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    What We Learned From Tannenberg, 1914

    The opening clash between the German and Russian empires in World War I ended in one of history’s most misleading outcomes. Germany’s war plan, accepting a two-front conflict against France and Russia, initially allowed only token...

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    Hallowed Ground: Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

    Every day at 7:55 p.m. police in the small Belgian city of Ypres stop traffic on the Menin Road, one of the main thoroughfares into the ancient town. At exactly 8 o’clock a team of buglers from the Ypres volunteer fire brigade, in full...

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    Pershing Makes an Army

    General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, commander of American forces in Europe during World War I, is an enigma. In photographs he appears as distant as a Roman statue, lacking the evident charisma of leaders like Ulysses S. Grant and...