Military Heritage

June 2003

Volume 4, No. 6

Cover: Bonaparte at the Arcola Bridge by Antoine Jean Gros. © Collection Viollet.

Belisarius is shown triumphant over the Ostrogoths and heading for Rome.

June 2003

Military Heritage, Soldiers

Military Myths and Legends: Belisarius

By James Allan Evans

It was a sorry tale. A brilliant general, military hero, and faithful servant of the state, blind and reduced to penury in his old age, sitting on the main street of Constantinople begging for his living. Read more

The arquebus changed warfare in Europe. Here armored soldiers fire matchlock pieces as depicted on a German woodcut of the late 15th century.

June 2003

Military Heritage, Weapons

The Arquebus

By William J. McPeak

In 1503, near the northern Italian town of Cerignola, the famous Spanish commander Gonsalvo de Cordova, Viceroy of Naples (to be known to military history as “The Great Captain”), resolved to turn and stand before the pursuing French army. Read more

June 2003

Military Heritage, Intelligence

Civil War Weapons: The Telegraph?

By Jim Haviland

Early in the American Civil War, during the first months of 1862, Union General Henry Halleck, commanding from his headquarters in St. Read more

Baron Manfred von Richthofen was not the first flyer to be awarded the “Blue Max.” In fact, he waited anxiously for it. The award goes back to the 17th century.

June 2003

Military Heritage, Militaria

The Pour le Mérite

By Robert Whiter

It was early in the year 1917, and a member of the Luftstreiknafte (German Army Air Service), Freiherr (Baron) Manfred von Richthofen, was feeling a trifle disgruntled. Read more

June 2003

Military Heritage, Books

Marine Rifleman

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

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty,” began the citation for the Medal of Honor awarded to then-U.S. Read more