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Buried at Sea
By Ed Offley
Did U.S. and Soviet navy officials deep six the real reason the American nuclear attack submarine Scorpion sank with 99 sailors aboard?

The Year Air Power Came of Age
By James S. Corum
In 1917, over Flanders fields, a fundamental shift in the airplane’s role signaled its ascendancy as a deadly offensive weapon.

New Light on Ancient Battles
By Victor Davis Hanson
A careful reading between—or even underneath—the lines can change our interpretation of pivotal military engagements.

The Champagne Campaign
By Jeffrey J. Clarke
The meticulously planned invasion of Southern France and the unassuming commander who led it were largely overlooked in the wake of the Normandy landings.

European Power Projection
By Dennis Showalter
Far from an inexorable march of conquest, Western Europe’s early military forays around the world rode an ebb and flow of tide of mercantilism.

The Ultimate Weapon
By Paul G. Gillespie
Precision-guided munitions have changed the modern battlefield, and in the process created a new American way of war.

The First American Victory: Ethan Allen Takes Fort Ticonderoga
By Willard Sterne Randall
Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnnold led militiamen on a daring mission to capture Fort Ticonderoga, and in so doing gave George Washington the means to expel the British from New England.

Building the Army of the Potomac
By Stephen W. Sears
Politically appointed generals, short-term volunteer troops, and a stream of defeats nearly unhinged Lincoln’s war plans.

Letters to the Editor

Ask MHQ:
What would have happened if the Germans had gone with their initial plan in 1940, rather than thrusting through the Ardennes?
By Brig. Gen. Robert A. Doughty

Experience of War: Blood and Butchery in the Crimea
By Jonathan North
Long months spent in the trenches during the Siege of Sevastopol convinced a French lieutenant of war’s futility.

Letter From MHQ

Fighting Words: Terms from Military History
By Christine Ammer
Our lexicographer considers terms arising during the Cold War era.

Artists on War: Showing Too Much of the Horrors of War
By Pamela D. Toler
Frank Brangwyn’s realistic portrayals of combat shocked Great Britain’s War Department, but recruiting officers begged him for more.

In Review
Reviews of MacArthur, by Richard B. Franks; Fight for the Fatherland, by David Stone; The Utility of Force, by General Rupert Smith; and Fighting Techniques of the Early Modern World, AD 1500-1763, by Christen Jorgenson, et al.


Paul Revere’s True Account of the Midnight Ride

General George S. Patton and the Battle of the Bulge

Military Technology: Using a Cloud of Dust in Ancient Warfare