Military Heritage

Fall 2020

Volume 22, No. 3

Cover: A soldier of the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteers, part of the Union Army’s Iron Brigade, at the Battle of Antietam, September 17,1862.
Painting by Don Troiani, © 2020

M-18 Hellcat tank destroyer

Fall 2020

Military Heritage, Weapons

M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyers Failed on the Battlefield

10By William F. Floyd Jr.

In 1940, existing U.S. Army tactical doctrine called for a cordon of towed antitank guns to defend against an enemy tank attack, but army planners studying the Battle of France in May of that year realized that a tactical plan of that nature was outdated and likely would not thwart a large-scale armor attack. Read more

Captain Roger Donlon

Fall 2020

Military Heritage, Valor

Outnumbered Green Berets Defend Camp Nam Dong

By William E. Welsh

Special Forces Team A-726 had been out on patrol far from the unit’s camp at Nam Dong on the night of Friday, July 3, 1964, when radiomen back at the A team camp received an ominous warning from the field. Read more

After vanquishing King Aistulf of the Lombards for a second time in 756, King Pepin gave all of the recovered church lands to the Papacy. Aistulf died a short time later in a hunting accident.

Fall 2020

Military Heritage, Soldiers

King Pepin the Short

By William E. Welsh

An event of great significance in early medieval Europe occurred in 753, when newly ensconced Pope Stephen II decided to journey north to Metz to confer with Frankish King Pepin III (known as “The Short”). Read more