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  • Military History Magazine

    Voice: French Lessons

    When France declined to join the United States and Great Britain in the Iraq War, restaurants began renaming french fries on their menus and the phrase “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” started showing up on Internet blogs. The phrase...

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned: from the Battle of Trafalgar

    In 1805 anticipation of a great naval battle between Britain and France had been building for months. The British Royal Navy had blockaded French ports and established its supremacy on the seas. To break that blockade, France planned to...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Into the Air

    Louis XVI appointed two of his courtiers to become France’s first air travelers. Just before 2 P.M. on Friday, November 21, 1738 near the Bois de Boulogne, two men stood inside a circular wicker basket draped with blue cloth. One of...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Van Buren’s Big Break

    Illustrator Raeburn Van Buren cheered up his fellow doughboys on the Western Front as art editor of The Gas Attack magazine...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Reign of the Railroads

    European armies’ increasing reliance on railways culminated in one of the world’s bloodiest wars....

  • MHQ Magazine

    Sold for Shells

    With their country's reservoir of young men almost depleted after the horrendous losses suffered at Verdun, the French approached their Russian ally with a plan for an unusual exchange: materiel for manpower...

  • MHQ Magazine

    I, Spy

    “I began my mission in wartime France as a British secret agent. My job was to recruit, arm, and train a secret French force to carry out sabotage and harassment…” ...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Ace: Chuck Yeager

    Legendary pilot Chuck Yeager flew numerous combat missions during World War II. Here are some of his stories...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Indigénes (Days of Glory)

    Indigénes (Days of Glory) a film by Rachid Bouchareb, released by The Weinstein Company Think of Days of Glory, the previously untold story of French colonial troops in World War II and an  Oscar contender for Best Foreign Film, as a...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Champagne Campaign

    The meticulously planned invasion of southern France and the unassuming commander who led it were largely overlooked in the wake of the Normandy landings. Operation Anvil, the Allied invasion of southern France during the summer of 1944,...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Ask MHQ: Could France Have Stopped the Nazis?

    Q: If the Germans had gone with their first plan rather than the revised thrust through the Ardennes in 1940, could the French forces have stopped them, given the relative strengths of both sides? John Looby Manchester, England A: After...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: The First Vietnam War

    The First Vietnam War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis Edited by Mark Atwood Lawrence and Fredrik Logevall. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2007, hardcover $45, softcover $22.95. At the end of World War II, most European powers...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Replacing France

    Replacing France: The Origins of the American Intervention in Vietnam by Kathryn C. Statler. The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2007, hardcover $45. If you’re curious about how we got into the mess that was Vietnam, Kathryn C....

  • Military History Magazine

    Hallowed Ground: Agincourt, France

    History’s original Band of Brothers, the army of England’s King Henry V, won its stunning victory against an overwhelmingly larger French force on a flat piece of plowed ground only slightly larger than a dozen football fields. The...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: The Limping Lady Spy

    Virginia Hall Office of Strategic Services Distinguished Service Cross France March–September 1944 By any measure, Virginia Hall is one of America’s two greatest female war heroes. Mary Edwards Walker, who earned the Medal of Honor...

  • American History Magazine

    Dialogue: The Founders Thought Globally and Acted Locally

    Jay Winik’s latest book, Upheaval: America and the Birth of The Great the Modern World, 1788-1800 (HarperCollins), is an ambitious history of three disparate yet surprisingly interconnected societies in an age of revolution: America,...