Military Heritage

April 2002

Volume 3, No. 5

Cover: Cavalry Charge by Francesco Guiseppe Casanova. Courtesy of the Bridgeman Art Library.

April 2002

Military Heritage

Siege of Osaka Castle

By Eric Niderost

In 1611 Tokugawa Ieyasu had every reason to be pleased with himself. His son Hidetada was Shogun, supreme warlord of Japan, but in truth it was Ieyasu who ruled the country behind the scenes. Read more

April 2002

Military Heritage

Michel Ney’s Retreat

By Jeremy Green

Napoleon Bonaparte’s Russian campaign of 1812 ranks as one of the worst military disasters in history. Only 50,000 men returned from an orginal 600,000, or of the 100,000 who marched into Moscow, less than 10,000 were to see France again. Read more

April 2002

Military Heritage

Frederick the Great and the Battle of Leuthen: Triumph of Tactics

By Vincent B. Hawkins

Frederick the Great put to use what he learned from his successes and failures. At age 28, new king Frederick Wilhelm II (the Great) burst out of Prussia in an attack on Silesia, which lay within the domain of Maria Theresa, Queen of Austria and Empress of the Holy Roman Empire. Read more

A broad perspective of the rush of the third battalion of Garde upon a churchyard defended by Austrians in the afternoon phase of the battle.

April 2002

Military Heritage

Frederick the Great at Leuthen: The Oblique Order

by Vince Hawkins

Usually considered to be a single maneuver, Frederick the Great’s “oblique attack” or “oblique order” was in fact two distinct grand tactical maneuvers, each of which could be executed separately or in combination as demonstrated at Leuthen. Read more

April 2002

Military Heritage, Editorial


Don Williams’ story on the Devil’s Den allows me an opening to write about the Battle of Gettysburg. To the myriad words on the conflict, I add the following. Read more

April 2002

Military Heritage, Communique

Operation Overlord

Dear Editor:

I enjoyed your article on Operation Overlord (February 2002). The beaches of Normandy will always be engraved in America’s mind. Read more

April 2002

Military Heritage, Weapons

The Russian T-34 Tank

By Carl Para

Early in World War II, German panzer forces trampled all foes. Confidence suffused the Germans, and their tank designs stagnated. Read more

April 2002

Military Heritage, Soldiers

William Washington in the American Revolution

By Arnold Blumberg

William Augustine Washington was born on February 28, 1752 in Stafford County, Va. The eldest son of Bailey Washington, William was destined to be the paladin of the Southern cavalry during the American War of Independence. Read more

April 2002

Military Heritage, Intelligence

Military Intelligence in the Roman Republic

By Douglas Sterling

Much of Julius Caesar’s military successes in the late Roman Republic stemmed not only from his ability as a leader of men and from tactical prowess on the battlefield, but also from his understanding of the importance of military intelligence. Read more

April 2002

Military Heritage, Books

Heinz Gunther Guderian’s ‘From Normandy to the Ruhr’

By Lieutenant Colonel Dominic J. Caraccilo

Not just another historian’s reenactment of the outcome of World War II, From Normandy to the Ruhr: With the 116th Panzer Division in Word War II is at once a well-crafted and deeply researched scholarly narration and a “multi-tiered memoir”—immaculately translated (a task often overlooked and underrated)—into a definitive history of the ubiquitously employed “Greyhound Division.” Read more