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    MHQ Review: The Age of Total War, 1860–1945

    The Age of Total War, 1860–1945 Jeremy Black, (Praeger Security International, 2006), $44.95. Most people interested in military history may glance at this title and tacitly agree that the term “total war” and the dates are apt....

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    MHQ Review: The German 1918 Offensives

    The German 1918 Offensives: A Case Study in the Operational Level of War David T. Zabecki, (Routledge, 2006), $135. In the midst of North American Treaty Organization military activity during the 1990s in the war-torn Balkans, an American...

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    Fighting Words: Pyrrhic victory and loose cannons

    An extraordinary number of everyday clichés originated in the military. Ranging from the ancient climb the walls and Pyrrhic victory to the modern buy the farm, they owe their provenance to armed conflict. Among the most interesting are...

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    Dutch Navy’s Surrender to French Cavalry

    Did French hussars really overwhelm an icebound Dutch fleet at Texel Roads. On the bitterly cold morning of January 23, 1795, a battalion of mounted French hussars charged into one of the most peculiar military encounters in history. As...

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    Getting the Real Message to Garcia

    America’s first goal in 1898 was to relieve Cuba’s suffering, but once troops landed on the island, Cuban rebels found they had traded one form of imperialism for another. On Washington’s birthday, 1899, in their home in East Aurora,...

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    Arms and Men: German Remote-Controlled Vehicles of World War II

    On the outer wall of St. John’s Cathedral in the Stare Miasto, Warsaw’s Old Town, a peculiar memorial exists in the form of a miniature caterpillar track. This is a relic from some of the most unusual additions to Germany’s World War...

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    France’s Fateful Strike Against the Iroquois

    Louis XIV sought to humble the pride of the Iroquois in 1687, but instead set the stage for 76 years of bitter war and the ultimate loss of New France. In 1687 the new governor general of France’s Canadian colony, Jacques-René de...

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    Last Assault on Little Round Top

    Chamberlain’s famous charge didn’t win the day— or battle—for the Federals. Had a final Confederate attack on the hill succeeded, the outcome at Gettysburg might have been different. The fight for Little Round Top on the afternoon...

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    Rebellion Rocks the Western Empire

    Eastern Emperor Constantius II waged a costly war of revenge against his brother’s killer, Magnentius, seriously weakening the Roman Empire on the eve of the Goth invasions. Of the many civil wars that periodically convulsed the late...

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    Patton’s last Christmas

    At a presidential press conference a dozen years after the December 1944 Battle of the Bulge, President Dwight D. Eisenhower confessed, “I didn’t get frightened until three weeks after it had begun, when I began to read the American...

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    Dunkirk and the Dunes

    As France and Spain vied for the key port of Dunkirk in early 1658, England unexpectedly held the balance...

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    The Other Hitler

    William Patrick Hitler was born on March 12, 1911, in Liverpool, England, to Adolf Hitler’s half-brother, Alois Hitler Jr., and Irish-born Bridget Dowling. In 1933 William went to Germany and, capitalizing on his uncle’s election as...

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    Classic Dispatches: Terror in the Sky

    As a journalist, William G. Shepherd had a knack for being in—or getting to—the right place at the right time. On the afternoon of March 25, 1911, for example, he was walking through Washington Square in lower Manhattan when he noticed...

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    War List | Wired Words

    Used for war communications for the first time in the Crimean War, telegraphy transformed the conduct of battle—and enlivened the historical record...

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    Darby’s Shooter

    Before he was the “Chronicler of Cool,” photographer Phil Stern fought with the U.S. Army’s 1st Ranger Battalion...

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    Weapons Check | Walther P-38

    The Walther P-38 arguably supplants even the infamous Luger P.08 as the definitive German pistol of the 20th century. Its development began in the early 1930s, when a cash-strapped German army looked to replace the elegant but expensive...