Military Heritage

June 2007

Volume 8, No. 6

A German paratrooper is outfitted for Operation Mercury, the attack on the island of Crete off mainland Greece, May 20-June 1, 1944. Photo courtesy of akg-images.

June 2007

Military Heritage

The Battle of Buena Vista: Old Rough and Ready in Mexico

By Mike Haskew

It was the spring of 1846, roughly nine months before the Battle of Buena Vista. It had become apparent to everyone at this point that a Mexican-American War was inevitable, and diplomatic efforts between the two countries had failed. Read more

June 2007

Military Heritage

Benedict Arnold’s Invasion of Canada

By Earl Echelberry

Fresh from his capture of Fort Ticonderoga, Colonel Benedict Arnold in the summer of 1775 lobbied hard to the Continental Congress for authorization to lead an expedition to the lower St. Read more

German paratroopers advance across a dangerously open field as their comrades drop from Junkers Ju-52s in the sky above Crete during the opening of Operation Mercury. A German veteran painted the scene from memory.

June 2007

Military Heritage

The Invasion of Crete: Descent Into The Inferno

By William E. Welsh

By May 1941, the German Luftwaffe’s fortunes had risen to great heights and plummeted to equally startling depths in the course of a single year of blitzkrieg warfare in Western Europe. Read more

English fireships, stuffed with tarred fagots and red-hot guns, drift into the Spanish Armada, sowing panic and confusion.

June 2007

Military Heritage

Defeat of the Spanish Armada

By Eric Niderost

On Friday, July 29, 1588, a group of English gentlemen decided to play a friendly game of bowls after a hearty midday meal. Read more

June 2007

Military Heritage, Editorial

The Curse of the Whig Party

By Roy Morris, Jr.

The short-lived Whig Party had a fair degree of success electing candidates for president, winning two of the five presidential elections in which it fielded a candidate. Read more

June 2007

Military Heritage, Soldiers

Blaise de Monluc

By William McPeak

A hundred miles north of the mountainous region near the Pyrenees was the rolling land of the Garonne River, home of the Gascon noble families. Read more

An armed West German policeman keeps a close watch on the East Zone across the Berlin Wall. The nearest mound of snow marks the remains of Adolf Hitler’s underground bunker.

June 2007

Military Heritage, Intelligence

The Symbolism of the Berlin Wall During the Cold War

By Bruce L. Brager

In June 1961, Walter Ulbrecht, longtime Communist party leader of East Germany, denied that his government had any intention of building the Berlin Wall, which would separate East and West Berlin. Read more

While it doesn’t take an army to produce, the scene is the result of many working together.

June 2007

Military Heritage, Militaria

Military Dioramas

By Peter Suciu

The scene appears to be one of utter chaos, as several dozen soldiers react to an enemy attack on their troop train. Read more

June 2007

Military Heritage, Books

Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg

By Al Hemingway

Hero or scapegoat? Even with the passage of nearly 144 years since the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg was fought in the rolling hills of southern Pennsylvania, controversy still shadows the role—or lack of role—played by one of General Robert E. Read more