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Book Reviews

The USMC in World War II

By Christopher Miskimon

The Germans advanced against the U.S. Marines in Belleau Wood at 2 pm on June 4, 1918. Among the first Marines to see the coming assault were several snipers hidden atop a haystack at the Les Mares Farm. Read more

A Marine on Guadalcanal waits for “chow call” while manning a trench near the front lines.

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Operation Shoestring

By Christopher Miskimon

The night of October 26, 1942, was a hellish time for the soldiers and Marines on Guadalcanal, and it was about to get worse. Read more

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Inside Washington’s Battle Tactics

By Christopher Miskimon

The fate of the American Revolution seemed bleak indeed in December 1776. New Jersey was on the verge of collapse with many of its residents swearing new oaths of loyalty to Great Britain. Read more

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Dealers of Death

By Christopher Miskimon

Lyudmila Pavlichenko had not moved for more than 24 hours. She was a small, stout 25-year-old woman able to crawl on her belly for hours at a time. Read more

Churchill joined in the charge of the 21st Lancers at the Battle of Omdurman in 1898.

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Young Churchill in Battle

By Christopher Miskimon

Young Winston Churchill expected to enter battle on September 1, 1898, but instead he watched as British gunboats bombarded Dervish forts. Read more

A British soldier awaiting evacuation on the beach at Dunkirk points looks for low-flying German aircraft harassing the trapped soldiers of the BEF.

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Morale-Boosting Miracle

By Christopher Miskimon

Royal Engineer Robert Halliday was hungry. He had searched the town of Dunkirk, France, for food only to find nothing. Read more

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The Great War’s Eastern Front

By Chris Miskimon

Russia was imploding in October 1917. The war combined with the numerous internal stresses of the nation, culminating in a civil war and Russia’s withdrawal from the greater war. Read more

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The French Foreign Legion at Tuyen Quang

By Christopher Miskimon

The Chinese were coming, and the French Foreign Legion WAS preparing to meet them. In January 1885, 390 Legionnaires, backed by a handful of sailors, locally recruited troops, and eight sappers, busily fortified the old Chinese fort at Tuyen Quang. Read more

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Hard-Won Combat Laurels

By Christopher Miskimon

Iron Bottom Sound was full of transport ships unloading supplies in the early afternoon sun on November 12, 1942. Read more

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The African Kaiser

By Christopher Miskimon

A motley flotilla of British ships arrived on November 2, 1914, in the port of Tanga in German East Africa. Read more

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Daring PT Boat Rescue

By Christopher Miskimon

On February 22, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered general Douglas MacArthur, commanding American and Filipino forces resisting the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, to leave the islands for the relative safety of Australia. Read more

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Remembering the Winter War

By Christopher Miskimon

“You can run, but you will only die tired!” Lt. Col. Aaro Pajari gave his battalion this dire warning on December 8, 1939, as the invasion of his homeland raged. Read more

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Missed Opportunity

By Christopher Miskimon

In early April 1942, the Royal Navy was preparing for the worst in the Indian Ocean. Prior to the war this body of water was akin to an English lake, so much of it bordering Imperial territory and patrolled by its warships. Read more

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Navy Pilots at Cactus

By Christopher Miskimon

The late afternoon sun still shone brightly overhead as four destroyers raced eastward toward the island of Guadalcanal. Read more