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    MHQ Book Review: Absolute Destruction

    Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial Germany Isabel V. Hull, (Cornell University Press, 2005), 384 pages, $24.95. Over the past twenty years, there has been a fundamental rethinking of a number of...

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    MHQ Book Review: Thucydides

    Thucydides: An Introduction for the Common Reader Perez Zagorin, (Princeton University Press, 2005), 190 pages, $24.95. The Peloponnesian War was fought, with a brief intermission about a third of the way in, for twenty-seven years, the...

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    Fighting Words: World War II

    Our lexicographer considers some words and phrases that sprang into use during World War II. During World War II, numerous new weapons and tactics originated. Some of them have died out, and others have survived. The Sten gun, a light...

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    Bay of Pigs: The Perfect Failure

    Forty-five years later, it’s still unclear who deserves the blame for the Bay of Pigs fiasco. The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, among the most notorious of Central Intelligence Agency operations, also ranks as one of its most avowedly...

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    Artists On War: Portraying Maneuvers and Mock Battles

    Ever since armies first gathered to conquer and defend, soldiers have practiced their art, honing their martial skills in preparation for war. In medieval Europe, the tournament jousts, while entertaining, served the more important...

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    Tactical Exercise: Clubbed Victory at Queenston Heights

    American troops invading Canada might have fared better if they had exploited a mistake made by a British martinet that left his force unprepared to fight. Capturing the enemy’s entire force on the battlefield is certainly a victory, and...

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    Return to Arnhem

    A British Airborne Corps intelligence officer raised serious questions about Operation Market-Garden, but was dismissed days before the invasion failed. The province of Gelderland lies at the southeastern edge of Holland, on the German...

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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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    Any Measure Which May Best Subdue The Enemy

    During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln assumed numerous presidential powers not specified in the U.S. Constitution. On the Fourth of July 1864, Senator Zachariah Chandler of Michigan hovered anxiously near Abraham Lincoln as the president...

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    Experience of War: ‘I Have Never Seen As Much Suffering’

    The Duchy of Warsaw was overflowing with troops in June 1812. For more than a year, French and allied troops had been gathering along the Vistula River and on the Baltic coast in preparation for Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. An...

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    Warrior Mao

    Experience gained fighting the Japanese and Chiang Kai-shek helped a dynamic military leader take on the United States twice, to victory and a draw. When Mao Tse-tung came to the attention of the West, it was as the political leader of a...

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    MHQ Letter from the Editor- Spring 2007

    Most people would choose Mexico as the American neighbor that has stimulated the most persistent military planning and action. Despite several failed attempts by the United States to conquer Canada during the War of 1812, there has been no...

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    MHQ Book Review: Time at War

    Time at War Nicholas Mosley, (Weidenfield and Nicolson, 2006), 185 pages, $29.50. Nick Mosley is an unusual Englishman, and he fought an especially English war in Italy, 1943-45. His father was Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British...

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    MHQ Book Review: Power at Sea

    Power at Sea (three volumes), 1: The Age of Navalism, 1890-1918; 2: The Breaking Storm, 1919-1945; 3: A Violent Peace, 1946-2006 Lisle A. Rose, (University of Missouri Press, 2006), $49.95, $59.95, $49.95 ($19.95 each in paperback). Naval...

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    Mercenary Pilots With La Patrulla Americana

    Although a number of American citizens flew for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War, the United States learned little from their experience. The heavens were threatening rain, but the mission was deemed sufficiently critical to...

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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...