American troops armed with the new Enfields practice bayonet tactics in France under the eyes of stern-faced instructor.
Military Heritage

December 2010

Volume 12, No. 3

COVER: Col. William Washington, on horseback, encounters British Light Infantrymen at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, South Carolina. Washington was bayonetted and captured. Painting by Don Troiani,

With a Christian cross prominently displayed at left, Charles Martel’s Frankish forces beat back Muslim invaders at Tours in Charles Steuben’s 19th-century painting.

December 2010

Military Heritage

Charles The Hammer At Tours

By William E. Welsh

In the late spring of ad 732, an 80,000-man-strong Muslim army spilled northward through gaps in the western Pyrenees onto the verdant, gently rolling landscape of Gascony. Read more

December 2010

Military Heritage

Means of Grace, Hope of Glory

By Robert Barr Smith

They carried no weapons, only holy books and rudimentary vestments, a crucifix or a Star of David and sometimes a little Communion kit. Read more

December 2010

Military Heritage

Slugfest at Eutaw Springs

By John Pezzola

In the early morning hours of September 8, 1781, drums rolled and fifes played in Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene’s camp in the High Hills of southeastern South Carolina. Read more

An American C-130 Hercules aircraft over Cam Ranh Bay Air Base in December 1966. The hulking aircraft dropped magnetic mines into the Song Ma River.

December 2010

Military Heritage

Into The Dragon’s Jaw

By Joseph Frantiska Jr.

Throughout the history of warfare, there have been targets that have been notably reluctant to fall. One such highly resistant target was the Thanh Hoa Railroad and Highway Bridge spanning the Song Ma River three miles northeast of Thanh Hoa, the capital of Annam Province in North Vietnam. Read more

December 2010

Military Heritage, Editorial

La Chanson de Roland

The Song of Roland is an epic retelling of a supposed encounter between the Franks and the Muslim occupiers of Christian Spain. Read more

December 2010

Military Heritage, Soldiers

Joshua in Canaan

By Richard A. Gabriel

Contrary to popular belief, the Israelite army that assembled in Jordan in 1400 bc under Joshua’s command for the invasion of Canaan was not a rag-tag rabble of poorly armed fugitive ex-slaves without military experience. Read more

Having fatally shot King Alexander I of Yugoslavia, assassin Vlado Chernozem- ski is struck by a saber- wielding mounted policeman as he clings to the running board of the king’s car.

December 2010

Military Heritage, Intelligence

The Assassination Of King Alexander

By Blaine Taylor

Dreams of “Yugo Slavia” or South Slavia, began in the 1860s, and by World War I intellectuals in the region pined away for a Greater Serbia that would stretch east from the Black Sea to the Aegean, uniting all Serbs. Read more

Titian’s 16th-century portrait of heavily armored Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

December 2010

Military Heritage, Militaria

Helmet Designs Through the Ages

By William J. McPeak

Battle helmets shaped to partially cover the face and adorned with various facial features are of ancient origin. Read more

December 2010

Military Heritage, Games

Heavy Fire: Special Operations

By Joseph Luster

Developer Teyon’s downloadable Heavy Fire: Special Operations offers a potentially promising mixture of elements that have fused together seamlessly in the past. Read more