France

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    ‘This is War’: The Human Wreckage of World War I

    In 1915 Ellen La Motte volunteered to work in a hospital near the Western Front. Then she was censored for describing what she saw.   In August 1916, as World War I slogged into its third year, the Atlantic Monthly published a story...

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    Testing The ‘Mystery Of The English’

    During the mid-sixteenth-century siege of Boulogne, a French commander determined to disprove the long-held belief that Englishmen were superior soldiers. In the late summer of 1544, a battle-scarred band of French veterans was marching...

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    Book Review: Gibraltar

    Roy and Lesley Adkins reveal one of the most strategically important American Revolutionary War campaigns — on the far side of the Atlantic...

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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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    Dutch Navy’s Surrender to French Cavalry

    Did French hussars really overwhelm an icebound Dutch fleet at Texel Roads. On the bitterly cold morning of January 23, 1795, a battalion of mounted French hussars charged into one of the most peculiar military encounters in history. As...

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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...

  • 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...

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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...