Ulysses Grant (on horseback) watches his men assault the defenses of Fort Donelson in February 1862 in this painting by Paul Phillipateaux. The fort defended the Cumberland River flowing to Tennessee’s capital, Nashville.
Military Heritage

August 2004

Volume 6, No. 1

Detail from Scotland Forever, 1881, by Lady Butler. Photo courtesy of The Bridgeman Art Library.

August 2004

Military Heritage

Fallen Timbers

By Eric Niderost

On a December day in 1793, Maj. Gen. Anthony Wayne led a column of soldiers to a spot deep in the Ohio wilderness not far from the Wabash River. Read more

August 2004

Military Heritage

The Rumble and Roar of Tanks

By Eric Hammel

The Israeli Defense Force’s (IDF’s, or Zahal’s) strategic invasion of the West Bank region of Jordan began at 5 pm on June 5, 1967. Read more

August 2004

Military Heritage, Editorial

Louis XIV: the Sun King of France

By Brooke C. Stoddard

Louis XIV of France is remembered as the Sun King, the most resplendent figure of his age, the man who snatched dominance of Europe from the Spanish and built France into the preeminent power of the second half of the 17th century. Read more

August 2004

Military Heritage, Communique

The Weight of a Sword

Dear Editor:

First, let me congratulate you on a great magazine; I love history, especially medieval history, and Military Heritage rarely fails to have much of interest. Read more

August 2004

Military Heritage, Soldiers

Oda Nobunaga: The Rise of One of Japan’s Earliest Unifiers

By Vince Hawkins

By the time of his death in 1582, he controlled 30 of Japan’s 68 provinces, was the commander of the greatest samurai army in his country’s history, and had earned the distinction of being the first of the three great unifiers of Japan. Read more

Japanese warships steam into Port Arthur, Manchuria, bombarding Russian defenses and ships. Sidney Reilly purportedly sold Japanese information about the port when he lived there just before the war.

August 2004

Military Heritage, Intelligence

The Mysterious Sidney Reilly

by Vince Hawkins

On the evening of November 5, 1925, Prisoner #73 was taken from his cell in the infamous Lubyanka Prison and driven to a woods in the Sokolniki district outside Moscow. Read more

A WWII Marine corporal relaxes on Guam in 1944. His dog tags are visible around his neck.

August 2004

Military Heritage, Militaria

Collecting Identification Tags

By Paul F. Braddock

For the second time in 13 years American troops are fighting in Iraq. Two hundred and thirty-five soldiers lost their lives during Desert Storm in 1991, and by the first anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom 570 soldiers had been killed. Read more

August 2004

Military Heritage, Books

E.B. Sledge’s ‘China Marine’

By Lt. Col. Harold E. Raugh, Jr., Ph.D., U.S. Army (Ret.)

Author E.B. Sledge chronicled his World War II Marine infantry combat experiences in compelling and emotional detail in the acclaimed With the Old Breed: Peleliu and Okinawa. Read more

August 2004

Military Heritage, Simulation Gaming

Vietnam is the setting for two action games.

By Eric T. Baker

The Battlefield franchise is famous for its on-line, multiplayer depictions of World War II combat. Battlefield Vietnam for the PC brings the action into the 20th century and provides the players with modernized weaponry and vehicles, while adding a more immersive infantry experience. Read more