Military Heritage

February 2010

Volume 11, No. 4

Von Schuppen’s painting of Prince Eugene of Savoy is in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of akg-images

February 2010

Military Heritage

Canadian Capture of Vimy Ridge

By Jerome Baldwin

By the fall of 1916, Canadian soldiers fighting in the trenches on the Western Front had already distinguished themselves in battle. Read more

February 2010

Military Heritage

Turning Back the Turks

By Louis Ciotola

Peering out over the horizon, Austrian commander Prince Eugene of Savoy could see an army of Turks, the dreaded masters of southeastern Europe for the past three centuries, crossing the Tisza River near the town of Zenta on their way to pillage Transylvania. Read more

February 2010

Military Heritage

Vinegar Joe and the Burma Road

By William Stroock

When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, Joseph Stilwell was already a highly regarded officer. Read more

February 2010

Military Heritage, Soldiers

The Creation of the U.S. Sanitary Commission

By Lawrence Weber

In the spring of 1861, a group of influential northern men and women, led by Unitarian minister Henry Whitney Bellows and social reformer Dorothea Dix, met in New York City to discuss the formation of a sanitary commission, modeled after the British Sanitary Commission established during the Crimean War, to provide relief to sick and wounded soldiers in the Union Army. Read more

February 2010

Military Heritage, Weapons

Beasts of War

By Chuck Lyons

Not all World War II heroes were men or women. Some were four-legged, hoofed, or winged. They included horses and mules, elephants, and dogs as well as more exotic animals such as bats, camels, reindeer, and pigeons. Read more

February 2010

Military Heritage, Intelligence

The Deadly Defector from the USSR

By Todd Avery Raffensperger

“I’ve come to you from Moscow. The Central Committee of the Communist Party has ordered your liquidation.” Read more

February 2010

Military Heritage, Militaria

Historical Autographs

By William McPeak

Collecting handwritten documents and letters on military subjects is as long-standing as military history itself. By general definition, when a letter is written and signed by a person, it is considered a holograph (or autograph letter), but a document is something written by an official or servant and then signed by an important person. Read more

February 2010

Military Heritage, Games

Rewriting History the Wolfenstein Way

By Joseph Luster

Creative minds have been coming up with ways to mess with the events of World War II for some time, well before Quentin Tarantino took us through a reality warp and rearranged Hitler’s face with Inglourious Basterds. Read more