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October
2007

Features - Last Of The Gray Phantoms (With the Confederacy crumbling, swift and daring blockade-runners such as Banshee II and Owl made desperate runs across the high seas into the last remaining Southern ports); Misplaced Aggression (Seeking an advantage over its longtime Spartan rivals, Athens launched an ill-conceived invasion of Sicily, only to have it falter outside the walls of Syracuse); Working On The Railway Of Death (American sailor Howard Brooks survived the Battle of Sunda Strait, only to slave away in the Burmese jungles as a prisoner of war); Royal Mauling At Mollwitz (Frederick the Great's invasion of Austrian-held Silesia in 1740 was the first step in Prussia's rise to becoming one of Europe's greatest military powers); New Borders, Old Enemies: The Iran-Iraq War (Mistakenly believing Iran to be fatally weakened by internal strife, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein launched a sneak attack across the border in the fall of 1980, initiating eight years of unparalled savagery and suffering) Columns - Editorial; Weapons; Soldiers; Intelligence; Militaria; Books; Games
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February
2008

Features - Like Apples Fallen In Autumn (While the 16-year-old Prince of Wales uneasily with a small force at Shrewsbury, his father hurried north to confront his furious former ally, Harry "Hotspur" Percy); Freedom Or Death (In October, 1956, Hungarian citizens begana spontaneous uprising against the Soviet-controlled puppet government. By the time Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest two weeks later, the revolt had cost the lives of nearly 3,000 Hungarians. Where was America?); Fort necessity: George Washington's First Defeat (George Washington's first combat command resulted in a victory, a defeat and a confession. Fortunately for America, it came in 1754, 21 years before the Revolution); The Crimean War's Forgotten Battle (For a brief moment, the isolated port of Petropavlovsk became an active front in the Crimean War. The ensuing battle was more farcial than heroic); To Field An Army: A Short History Of Military Conscription (Throughout history, civilian populations - willlingly or not - have been called upon to take-up arms for their countries in time of crisis. It's always the young who are taken first); Redcoats In The Land Of The Pharaohs (The minarets of Alexandria shone in the distance as a British expeditionary force headed for the fabled city. A French counterattack was soon under way) Columns - Editorial; Soldiers; Weapons; Intelligence; Militaria; Books; Games
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April
2009

Features - Dismal British Retreat To Corunna (Cut off from his base in Portugal by the quick-marching troops of Napoleon Bonaparte, British General Sir John Moore began an arduous three-week long retreat to Corunna, on the Spanish coast. The French harried him every step of the way); Close Call At Cedar Mountain (With Robert E. Lee counterattacking George B. McClellan outside Richmond in the summer of 1862, Union General Nathaniel Banks set out to distract Lee by capturing the key railroad junction at Gordonsville. As usual, Stonewall Jackson got there first); Delaying Action At Kapyong (Following a major Communist offensive in April, 1951, Commonwealth troops from Australia, New Zealand and Canada fought a critical delaying action on the front lines in the Kapyong River Valley, giving the Allies time to establish a new defensive line north of Seoul); Frederick Townsend Ward And The Ever-Victorious Army (To meet the continuing threat of the decade-long Taiping rebellion, American soldier of fortune Frederick Townsend Ward assembled an army of "foreign devils," westerners who were living in China at the time, and led them against the rebel stronghold); Fehrbellin: The Battle That Made Prussia (By the summer of 1675, Swedish troops led by Marshal Karl Wrangel invaded the German principality of Brandenburg in support of their French allies' ongoing war with Holland. Elector Frederick William rallied the Brandenburg forces) Columns - Editorial; Soldiers; Weapons; Intelligence; Militaria; Books
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December
2009

Features - Beau Sabreur And Kill Cavalry (Two of the Civil War's most colorful cavalry officers butted heads in October, 1863 at Buckland Hills, Virginia, when J.E.B. Stuart, the Beau Sabreur of the South, laid a trap for Judson "Kill Cavalry" Kilpatrick); Desperate Gamble At Sedgemoor (The fate of a Protestant rebellion to unseat Catholic King James II hung in the balance when rebels launched a night attack across the mist-shrouded English moors); Island-Hopping At Tarawa (American sailors and Marines launched a combined assault on Japan's outermost Pacific holdings in the Gilbert Islands in November, 1943. The amphibious landing on tiny, heavily fortified Tarawa Atoll would be measured in hard-won yards); Clash Of The Tyrants (On the plains of Ankara, Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I, nicknamed the Thunderbolt, confronted a mortal challenger in Mongol leader Tamerlane, who had his own nickname - The Prince of Destruction); British Raid Up The Potomac (In August 1814, British Captain James Gordon led an audacious naval expedition up the Potomac River to Washington, D.C. Captain David Porter rallied defenders on the bluffs of the Belvoir peninsula outside Alexandria) Columns - Editorial; Soldiers; Weapons; Intelligence; Militaria; Games; Books
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February
2010

Features - Canadian Capture Of Vimy Ridge (In April 1917, the flint-hard Canadian Corps captured the toughest German bastion on the Western Front at Vimy Ridge. It was the greatest Allied victory to that point in World War I); Sparta Versus Athens (In the fifth century BC, the two great city-states of Greece waged a decades-long war for dominance. At stake were contrasting approaches to both war and peace); Turning Back The Turks (To combat the continuing threat of the Ottoman Empire, Austrian Emperor Leopold I sent an Imperial army under untested Prince Eugene of Savoy to struke the Turkish army at Zenta, 80 miles northwest of Belgrade); Mexican-American Clash At San Pasqual (Early in the Mexican War, American General Stephan Watts Kearny let his 1,700-man army across New Mexico and into California. On December 6, 1846, at San Pasqual, the two sides collided in battle); Vinegar Joe And The Burma Road (Following the Japanese conquest of Burma in 1942, American General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell trained two divisions of Chinese Nationalist forces to reopen the Burma Road from India to China. He had a score to settle with the occupiers) Columns - Editorial; Soldiers; Weapons; Intelligence; Militaria; Games; Books
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Spring
2010

Features - Streets Strewn With Bodies (As the vital crossroads of Fuentes de Onoro, the formidable English Duke of Wellington wanted to meet French Marshal Andre Massena and his somewhat optimistically named Army of Portugal. The French invasion lay in the balance); Protestant Heroes Of 1622 (As Protestant Europe reeled before a combined Catholic onslaught, three unlikely heroes arose to take up the banner of "Winter King" Frederick V. It seemed - and was - too good to be true); The Art Of Victory: Koniggratz 1866 (Helmuth von Molke's complex strategy to defeat the Austrian Army in Bohemia required two Prussian prices to adhere strictly to its strategic principles to ensure its success); Tank Attack At Cambrai (Badly needing a victory on the stalemated Western Front, British commander Douglas Haig turned to the fledgling Tank Corps for a breakthrough. Cambrai was the place he chose to try) Columns - Editorial; Soldiers; Weapons; Intelligence; Militaria; Games; Books
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April
2010

Features - Massacre On The Washita (In the fall of 1868, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer commenced a controversial military operation against the Cheyenne. It would bring him the only significant victory of his Indian-fighting career); Street Fight In Seoul (Following the American landing at Inchon in September 1950, General Douglas MacArthur's X Corps in Seoul confronted Communist forces barricaded behind bags of sand and rice piled eight feet high); Black Spartacus (In early 1802, a 20,000-man invasion force led by Napoleon Bonaparte's brother-in-law landed in Haiti to wrest control of the island from the rebellious army of ex-slave Toussaint L'Overture); The Art Of Keith Rocco (With a focus on the rank and file and single moments, Keith Rocco takes us into the human drama of war); Cunning Ambush At Sannah's Post (Boer Commandant-General Christiaan de Wet laid a clever trap for an unsuspecting British garrison in the Orange Free State. Much to his surprise, substantial reinforcements arrived just hours before the attack) Columns - Editorial; Weapons; Soldiers; Intelligence; Militaria; Games; Books
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Early Summer
2010

Features - Hannibal And The Failure Of Success (Hannibal's strategy for defeating Rome was based on the idea of winning enough battles to force Rome to seek a negotiated peace. This approach was repeated by the Germans in World War I and the Japanese in World War II - with the same disastrous results); The Siege Of Paris (Despite the debacle of Sedan, French honor dictated that the nation continue fighting as long as the city of Paris held out against Prussian invaders. A pitiless siege ensued for the City of Light); Healing The Wounded In Cuba (The U.S. Medical Corps saved many lives during the Spanish American War but faced obstacles from within the ranks); Reckoning At Horseshoe Bend (Andrew Jackson and his hard-bitten Tennessee militia were determined to avenge the Creek Indian massacre at Fort Mims. They would inflict a deadly retribution at Horseshoe Bend); Soviet Invasion At Manchuria (Reeling from two atomic bombs in three days, the Japanese were physically and psychologically unprepared for a massive invasion from Communist Russia. Unfortunately for them, that was precisely what they got) Columns - Editorial; Weapons; Soldiers; Intelligence; Militaria; Games; Books
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December
2012

Features - The Redoubts Of Yorktown (At nightfall on October 14, 1781, American and French soldiers made a surprise attack on Redoubts 9 and 10 at Yorktown, Virginia. The small earthern fortifications were the key to Lord Cornwallis's besieged defenses); Savo Island Fiasco (In a predawn attack on August 9, 1942, Admiral Gunichi Mikawa's task force sank four American and Australian heavy cruisers at aptly named Iron Bottom Sound, killing some 1,070 crewmen and leaving the Marines to fight on their own); Roses In The Snow (In the midst of a blinding snowstorm, Yorkist forces under King Edward IV attacked the army of Lancastrian Keng Henry VI at Towton, in western Yorkshire, on March 29, 1461. For six hours, the largest battle ever fought on English soil raged); American Stand At Chateau-Thierry (After a major German offensive in May, 1918 drove a 13-mile bulge into Allied lines, American forces rushed to hold the Marne River crossings at Chateau-Thierry. The 7th Machine Gun Battalion played a crucial role in the defense); The Easter Offensive Of 1972 (On Good Friday, March 30, 1972, more than 25,000 North Vietnamese soldiers, backed by state-of-the-art Soviet tanks, artillery and mobile antiaircraft missle platforms, poured across the Demilitarized Zone seperating the two Vietnams) Columns - Editorial; Soldiers; Weapons' Intelligence; Militaria; Books; Games
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January
2013

Features - Not War, But Murder (After crossing the North Anna River, Ulysses S. Grant's Union Forces headed toward Cold Harbor, a strategic crossroads 10 miles north of Richmond. They were about to make an all-out attack on a well-entrenched Confederate position); When Ivan Became Terrible (Seeking access to the Baltic Sea, Russian Czar Ivan IV invaded trade-rich Livonia in 1558, initiating a 25-year-long war with Livonia and her allies and earning him a lasting new nickname - Ivan The Terrible); Red Sun, Black Sand (Eight-square mile Iwo Jima became the focus of the most intense fighting of World War II. Japanese defenders contested every last chunk of volcanic ash and rock on the tiny but strategically vital island); South American Bloodbath (Between 1865 and 1870, Paraguayan President Francisco Lopez took his tiny nation into war with Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil. It would prove to be one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 19th century); Frederick The Great's First Defeat (In June 1757, ever-victorious Prussian monarch Frederick the Great advanced confidently on Austrian forces at Kolin, on the Elbe River 35 miles east of Prague. He and his troops were convinced of their military invincibility) Columns - Editorial; Weapons; Soldiers; Intelligence; Militaria; Books; Games
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Late Spring
2013

Features - Baiting The Russian Bear (Japanese naval forces opened the Russo-Japanese War with a sneak attack on Russian ships at Port Arthur on February 1904. A brutal five-month-long siege followed, with both sides suffering greatly in the terrible conditions); Crusader Disaster At Nicopolis (After Turkish Sultan Bayezid I overran Bulgaria in 1396, Pope Boniface IX proclaimed a holy crusade against the infidels. European forces rallied under King Sigismund of Hungary. The stage was set for a major battle at Nicopolis); "Put The Boys In" (After Union General Franz Sigel moved into the Shenandoah Valley in the spring of 1864, Confederate forces fell back to New Market. On May 15, Confederate General John C. Breckinridge ordered an attack); Alvan Gillem And The Dawn Of The New Army (General Alvan C. Gillem, one of the U.S. Army's most important and innovative thinkers, led the hard-charging XIII Corps across the Rhine in 1945, spearheading the final Allied advance into the heart of Nazi Germany); Indian Waterloo (Outnumbered nearly 2-to-1, British and Indian troops led by General Sir Hugh Gough attacked the rebellious Sikh Army on the Sutlej River near Sobraon on February 10, 1846. It was the final battle of the First Sikh War) Columns - Editorial; Soldiers; Intelligence; Weapons; Militaria; Books; Games
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July
2013

Features - Roman Armageddon At Pharsalus (On a barren plain in central Greece, Caesar and Pompey met on August 9, 48 BC to determine which one of them would assume sole control of the Roman Empire); Overrun In Alsace (A U.S. armored infantry company faced the fury of the Wehrmacht's Operation Nordwind on New Year's Day 1945. It's men held on as long as humanly possible); Jacobite Victory At Prestonpans (The first real blood in the Forty-Five Rebellion was drawn when Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite rebels squared off against government forces led by Sir John Cope in a brief but bloody clash near Edinburgh); Tripoli Will Be Italian (The Italians sought in 1911 to drive the Ottoman Turks from Tripolitana and Cyrenaica. The initial Italian thrust met opposition the following year when Enver Bey rallied local Arabs to support the Ottoman cause in the short-lived Italian-Turkish War); France's Nightmare In Indochina (Zealous French missionaries' efforts in Indochina ignited a series of savage conflicts that pitted the French Foreign Legion against the Annamese and China's Black Flag Army) Columns - Editorial; Soldiers; Weapons; Intelligence; Militaria; Books; Games
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September
2013

Features - Thirst For Treasure (English, French and Dutch pirates preyed on Spanish wealth in the New World for nearly 150 years); Armored Strike At Nomonhan (In an undeclared war on the Mongolia-Machukuo border in 1939, the Soviets unleashed a combined arms assault on the Japanese that foreshadowed the weapons and tactics of World War II); Mowed Down By The Fifties (Confederate General Robert E. Lee ordered his army to make a costly frontal attack against Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's wall of artillery at Malvern Hill); Napoleon's Stunning Debut (Bonaparte's road to glory began in 1796 with a two-week campaign in Italy that announced his arrival on the European stage); Attila's Stinging Defeat (When the "scourge of God" and his Huns thundered into Gaul in AD 451, they came up against a force of Romans and Visgoths led by Roman General Aetius that refused to back down) Columns - Editorial; Weapons; Soldiers; Intellilgence; Books; Militaria; Games
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November
2013

Features - Yelling Like Demons (A sweep by Brig. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton's Union cavalry south of the Rappahannock River in June 1863 initially surprised Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's troopers, who, as expected, relished the challenge. The ensuing Battle of Brandy Station was the largest cavalry engagement of the Civil War); Swedish Gamble At Narva (The youthful Swedish King Charles XII set out to force the Russians to raise their seige of Narva. It became a defining moment for the young monarch); Rommel's Failed Gamble (The British defeat of Panzerarmee Afrika at Alam el Halfa was a turning point in the North Africa campaign); Flash Of Sabers (Finding the Samosierra Pass blocked by Spanish batteries, Napoleon ordered his Polish Light Horse to punch through the resistance); Death Of A Kingmaker (King Edward IV returned to England from exile in 1471 resolved to see his traitorous mentor, the Earl of Warwick, removed from power) Columns - Editorial; Weapons; Soldiers; Intelligence; Militaria; Books; Games
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January
2014

Features - Hannibal's Cunning Ambush (Carthaginian Commander Hannibal Barca led his army to the hills along Lake Trasimene in June 217 BC. The Romans marched unwittingly into his trap); A Deplorable Affair (Confederate Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest attacked Fort Pillow in April 1864 to gain badly needed supplies for his army. The Union called the battle a massacre); Storm Of Arrows (Medieval archers ushered in a new era of missle warfare that ended the dominance of heavy cavalry); Bloody Clash On The Lomba (The Cuito Cuanavale/Lomba River campaign in 1987-1988 was the final act in a decade-long conflict between communist Angola and Apartheid South Africa); 'Tis To Glory We Steer (British Rear Admiral Sir Edward Hawke made a bold gamble to smash a French fleet during the Seven Years' War. Quiberon Bay, fought November 20, 1759, was yet another victory for the gifted captain) Columns - Editorial; Soldiers; Weapons; Intellligence; Books; Games
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