Military Heritage

December 2004

Volume 6, No. 3

Cover: Marshal Saxe and his staff at the Battle of Fontenoy, May 11, 1745. Painting by Pierre Lenfant, courtesy of Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Art Resource.

In this painting of the Battle of Fontenoy by Felix Philippoteaux, British and French officers salute each other before their opposing armies begin firing.

December 2004

Military Heritage

Stately Minuet of Death: Maurice de Saxe at Fontenoy

By Vince Hawkins

In the Age of Reason, even wars were fought reasonably. Well-ordered marches, carefully dressed ranks of impeccably turned-out soldiers, and elaborately sketched battle plans were the order of the day in the so-called “lace wars” of the mid-18th century. Read more

December 2004

Military Heritage

World War I’s Second Battle of Ypres: Salient of Death

By Mike Phifer

Despite the incessant German shelling that had been hammering away at the French lines to their immediate left near the rubble-strewn city of Ypres in northwestern Belgium, the largely untested soldiers of the Canadian 1st Division found the early spring day of April 22, 1915, surprisingly warm and pleasant. Read more

December 2004

Military Heritage

Rolling the Dice: Robert E. Lee at Petersburg

By Joseph E. Lowry

By the early spring of 1865, the Southern Confederacy was on the cusp of extinction. In every theater of the four-year-old Civil War, the gray-clad Rebels were getting the worst of things. Read more

The Macedonian fleet ferries soldiers to the foot of the Tyrian battlements during the battle’s climax in this 15th century painting .

December 2004

Military Heritage, Editorial

Why Study Military History?

By Roy Morris Jr.

As a writer and editor, it’s been my privilege to spend a great deal of time in the company of my betters: ordinary men and women engaged in the often heartbreaking act of making history. Read more

The Great Wall of China stretches 3,000 miles from the Pacific coast to the present-day Gansu province. The massive wall was to serve as Qin Shih Huang-ti’s northernmost fortification.

December 2004

Military Heritage, Soldiers

Famous Soldiers: Shih Huang-ti

By Ludwig Heinrich Dyck

When rebel peasants under a charismatic army deserter named Liu Pang descended on the capital city of Hsien Yang in 206 bc, they did so under the considerable shadow of the Ch’in dynasty’s former ruler, Shih Huang-ti. Read more

December 2004

Military Heritage, Intelligence

WWII Spies: Oreste Pinto

By Robert Whiter

Two men were seated on either side of a paper-strewn table inside an office of MI5, the British intelligence service, in the Royal Victoria Patriotic School at Clapham, London, shortly after the fall of France in the spring of 1940. Read more

December 2004

Military Heritage

The 42nd Rainbow Division in France

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

War stripped a man of his protective illusions and left only a terrible wisdom, which he had neither wanted nor consciously sought,” reflected Hugh S. Read more

December 2004

Military Heritage, Simulation Gaming

Codename: Panzers

By Eric T. Baker

Codename: Panzers from CDV for the PC uses the troops, equipment, and tanks of World War II as the fodder for a real-time strategy game. Read more