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    Tactical Exercises: Allenby’s Turning Tactics

    The tactics that brought victory to British armored forces in North Africa in the fall of 1940 were inspired by the bold flanking maneuvers carried out by Sir Edmund Allenby’s cavalry during World War I. A lopsided pincers movement...

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    The Youngest Marshal Saves the Day for Napoleon

    Louis Davout expected to play a secondary role in the Jena campaign, but when attacked by most of the Prussian army at Auerstädt, the balding, bespectacled corps commander won a crushing victory usually attributed to Napoleon. On...

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    Audacious Cruise of the Emden

    A daring German cruiser captain wreaked havoc on Allied shipping in the Indian Ocean during the early months of World War I. In the early years of the twentieth century, Kaiser Wilhelm II headquartered his East Asia Squadron in the port...

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    Fighting Words: Famous Phrases from Famous Mouths

    Our lexicographer considers some phrases uttered by noteworthy military leaders. Generals and other military leaders are not usually remembered primarily for their dicta, yet in some instances those have survived longer than the memory of...

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    MHQ Book Review: The Fall of the Roman Empire

    The Fall of the Roman Empire Peter J. Heather, (Oxford University Press, 2006), $40. In 375, the Roman Empire appeared as strong and secure as it had been in its four-hundred-year history. The empire extended from the ramparts of...

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    MHQ Book Review: The United States Army in Vietnam- MACV

    The United States Army in Vietnam: MACV: The Joint Command in the Years of Escalation, 1962-1967. Graham A. Cosmas, Center of Military History, 2006, 524 pages. Available through the Government Printing Office, $53 clothbound, $50...

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    The Father of West Point

    In the long history of the U.S. Army, can we point to one man who had a decisive influence on shaping the spirit and ethos of the American officer? The competition for such a role is impressive. If we rely on leadership as a crucial...

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    Red River War: Last Uprising in the Texas Panhandle

    Consigned to reservations, with their way of life threatened, the Cheyennes and Comanches protested the only way they knew how. Revenge obsessed Quanah. Comanche culture ordained that he seek revenge. A close friend with whom he had shared...

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    Fighting Words: Gizmo and Gobbledygook

    Our lexicographer considers terms arising during World War II, and in the postwar era. A number of linguistic oddities arose during World War II, and perhaps surprisingly, some of them have survived. One of them is gizmo, for a mechanical...

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    The Smaller Dragon Strikes

    The battle between the French and Communists for control of Hanoi in 1946-1947 sparked Vietnam’s decades-long national nightmare. Everything was going to start at 8 P.M. sharp. At least that was what the French expected. Some record that...

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    The American Invasion of Veracruz

    Woodrow Wilson justified the Veracruz invasion as necessary to "maintain the dignity" of the U.S., but in fact it was to protect American interests in Mexico....

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    The Archangel Michael, Here and Everywhere

    The battle for San Pietro Infine was a microcosm of the Italian campaign—a brutal uphill struggle with horrendous casualties that ended only after the Germans melted away to the next hillside village. Since its founding in the eleventh...

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    Achilles: Bronze Age Warrior

    The hero of Homer’s Iliad may have been a remarkably accurate portrayal of a daring raider in 1200 B.C. He is the first warrior of the Western world. Swift-footed, lionhearted, terrible in his war cry, a sacker of cities, a charismatic...

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    Ask MHQ: Why didn’t the British take the fight to the Vikings?

    Q: From AD 793 onward, the peoples of the British Isles suffered from raids by seaborne Scandinavian aggressors, the Vikings. Sometimes they were able to fight back and even overcome their attackers. But they never, so far as we know,...

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    MHQ Letters from Readers- Autumn 2007

    Loyalist Confusion I usually look forward to my issue of MHQ and have been a subscriber for many years now. However, the Summer 2007 issue has errors in both historical presentation and fact. Here are the ones that I have been able to...

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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....