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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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    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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    What We Learned From…Blenheim, 1704

    Blenheim was a stupendous victory over absolutism and proved the armies of the French “Sun King” Louis XIV were not invincible...

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    Why did France Fall?

    Military miscalculations and not national dry rot may have been the real answer. The French high command simply could not recover from its mistakes in 1940 as it had a generation earlier...

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    Hallowed Ground: Verdun, France

    There is no quick route by which one can approach Verdun. No superhighway passes through this declining town, nor do any of France’s fabled trains à grande vitesse stop here. One can only come to this battlefield slowly, by either a...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    Reign of the Railroads

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

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    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...

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    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…” ...

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    The Ace: Chuck Yeager

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

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    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...

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    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,...

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    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...