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The Quarterly Journal of Military History
Winter 2013, Volume 25, Number 2



Could Custer Have Won?
by Paul Andrew Hutton
New research suggests the Boy General—intent on taking hostages—stayed on the offensive at Little Bighorn
Online extra: gallery

Cold, Hard Numbers
by Geoffrey Parker
How data and Napoleon Bonaparte’s 1812 march on Moscow inspired a new kind of battle map

A Time to Kill
by Jay Rubenstein
Why were the knights of the First Crusade so brutal?

Kick the Bully
by Max Boot
Leading Irish rebels against Britain in 1921, Michael Collins wrote the script for the Vietcong and Taliban

Burr in the Saddle
by David O. Stewart
In the American Revolution, the young Aaron Burr displayed the martial spirit that would later prove his undoing

Beauty and the Bullet
with online extra gallery
Fashion maven Cecil Beaton’s World War II photographs

Needle Guns in Denmark
by Paul Lockhart
The use of breechloaders at an 1864 battle foretold the advent of mechanized death



Rest in Peace?
by Drew Lindsay
The American public fought plans to bury World War I soldiers abroad, giving rise to a tradition that is now sacred

Until They Are Home
by Steven Trent Smith
Decades after Carlson’s Raiders stormed Makin Island, forensic sleuths found the remains of the men who died


Failure Is Not an Option
by Thomas E. Ricks
George C. Marshall purged the ranks of his generals and set an enduring standard for what it takes to lead U.S. troops
Online extra: gallery

Extra Round


Letter From MHQ



Brits prepare for the Falklands War
by Brian Hanrahan

Behind the Lines
Japanese “comfort women”
by K. M. Kostyal


The War List
World-class aces

Honor Roll
1 tanker, 2 wars, 3 medals

Weapons Check

Fighting Words
Vietnam vernacular

Drawn and Quartered
Spain’s defiant colonies, 1896

Battle Schemes
Louis XIV’s privateers in Cartagena



Museum Watch
Air War! The Genesee Country Village & Museum ( in New York now features a replica of Intrepid, a Union balloon that George McClellan deployed in the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Rides carry visitors 300 feet into the air.

Britain’s best frigate commander, H. W. Brands on Ulysses Grant, Minuteman missiles, the virtual Clausewitz, a William Colby documentary, and Lincoln as commander in chief

with online extra gallery
Pilot and novelist James Salter

In the thick of the Battle of Poitiers, 1356

Cover caption: Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer posed for Mathew Brady in 1865. Paul Andrew Hutton describes a new take on his strategy at Little Bighorn. (Library of Congress/Colorized by Vertis Communications)

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