Military Heritage

May 2016

Volume 17, No. 6

Cover: Young Macedonian king Alexander the Great leads his Companion cavalry across the Granicus River to attack the Persian Army of Darius III in 334 BC. Image: AKG Images / Peter Connolly

May 2016

Military Heritage

Storming the “Splendid City”

By Eric Niderost

U.S. General Winfield Scott’s army climbed through the mountains of central Mexico, an arduous trek that included blistering hot days and bitterly cold, rain-drenched nights. Read more

May 2016

Military Heritage

Bloody Brawl on Guadalcanal

By Mike Phifer

The column of sweaty, exhausted Japanese soldiers trudged single file through the thick, dark jungle. For days they had been pushing inland from the western end of Guadalcanal. Read more

May 2016

Military Heritage

Disaster at Nicopolis

By William E. Welsh

Thick black smoke rose skyward from burning villages on the southern frontier of the Hungarian Kingdom in the spring of 1395. Read more

May 2016

Military Heritage

Napoleon’s Last Victory

By Arnold Blumberg

At 2:30 am on June 15, 1815, tens of thousands of French soldiers around the town of Beaumont, France, were roused from their bivouacs. Read more

May 2016

Military Heritage, Editorial

March to Destruction: Nicopolis 1396

A delegation from the Kingdom of Hungary seeking military aid to fight the Ottomans undertook a diplomatic mission in the spring of 1395 to a number of great cities in France and Burgundy. Read more

May 2016

Military Heritage, Soldiers

Union Army Colonel Wlodzimierz Krzyzanowski

By John E. Spindler

The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in the American Civil War. Various parts of the battle have been proposed as pivotal moments for the Union victory, such as the successful defense at Little Round Top or Pickett’s failed charge on the final day. Read more

May 2016

Military Heritage, Weapons

Halberds and Spontoons

By David A. Norris

Pikes and most similar pole weapons disappeared from European armies by the early 1700s. After all, bayonets let each man convert his flintlock into a pike that fired bullets. Read more

May 2016

Military Heritage, Books

Rise and Fall of the Zulus

By Christopher Miskimon

Colonel Redvers Buller of the British Army rode out at the head of 500 horsemen on the morning of July 3, 1879. Read more

May 2016

Military Heritage, Games

Europa Universalis IV: Mare Nostrum

By Joseph Luster

Originally released in 2013, Paradox Development Studio’s Europa Universalis IV offers myriad ways to conquer the world. Whether you want to become a colonial superpower, strongarm rival nations through military prowess, or become dominant in the world of trade, it’s all up to your own strategic abilities. Read more