Military Heritage

August 2011

Volume 13, No, 1

COVER: On May 22, 1863, men of the 8th Wisconsin advance to take Vicksburg, Mississippi by storm. Painting by Don Troiani, Historical Art Prints.

August 2011

Military Heritage

The Battle of the Coral Sea

By John Wukovits

World War II was less than six months old when the American public, already stunned by the debacles at Pearl Harbor and Guam, faced one of its darkest moments. Read more

August 2011

Military Heritage

Sealing Vicksburg’s Fate

By Lawrence Weber

During the Civil War, the strategic importance of Vicksburg, Mississippi, was readily apparent to both the Union and the Confederacy. Read more

August 2011

Military Heritage, Soldiers

Thomas Howard, Third Duke of Norfolk

By Robert L. Swain

On a sweltering evening in early July 1553, the  late King Henry VIII’s only legitimate son, the sickly 15-year-old Edward VI, died an agonizing death from tuberculosis, possibly complicated by measles. Read more

August 2011

Military Heritage, Weapons

The Battle-Ax

By William McPeak

The shafted ax has been around since 6000 bc, in both peaceful and warlike uses. The so-called battle-ax cultures (3200 to 1800 bc) extended over much of northern Europe from the late Stone Age through the early Bronze Age. Read more

Arab Legion soldiers move through the ruins of Jerusalem during the Arab-Israeli War of 1948-1949. Hand-to-hand fighting took place in the Old Jewish Quarter of the city.

August 2011

Military Heritage, Intelligence

John Glubb: The Other Lawrence of Arabia

By John W. Osborn Jr.

With his short, dumpy appearance and high-pitched voice, John Glubb seemed more like a real-life Colonel Blimp than another Lawrence of Arabia. Read more

August 2011

Military Heritage, Militaria

Military Postcards

By Peter Suciu

Many famous photos of military uniforms and personalities are actually taken from vintage postcards. And while today many vintage baseball or football cards can fetch thousands of dollars, military postcards essentially have been forgotten. Read more

August 2011

Military Heritage, Books

How the Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution

By Al Hemingway

On a wintry night in December 1773, about 70 men, many of whom were disguised as Indians, unceremoniously dumped an estimated 10,000 pounds, the modern equivalent of $1 million, of tea into Boston harbor. Read more

August 2011

Military Heritage

August 2011 Military Games

By Joseph Luster

Could SOCOM 4 have been released at a worse time? Probably not. The latest in Sony’s exclusive line of tactical third-person shooters had the misfortune of coming out right around the time of Playstation Network’s notorious shut-down at the hands of hacker community “Anonymous,” rendering its chief feature, online play, utterly useless. Read more