Military Heritage

November 2013

Volume 15, No. 3

COVER: Napoleon portrait, titled “1814,” by Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier. © Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD / The Bridgeman Art Library

November 2013

Military Heritage

Yelling Like Demons

By Mike Phifer

Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart was in all his glory. It was June 8, 1863, and the Confederate cavalry commander was putting on a grand review of his horse soldiers on a plain west of the Rappahannock River near Brandy Station, Virginia, for none other than General Robert E. Read more

The Battle of Narva was a resounding victory for Swedish King Charles XII over his Russian foe. The young monarch is shown at lower right in Alexander von Kotzebue’s romantic painting.

November 2013

Military Heritage

Swedish Gamble at the Battle of Narva

By Eric Niderost

Just after dawn on the morning of November 20, 1700, two figures stood atop Hermansburg, a small rise that overlooked the fortress town of Narva in the Baltic province of Estonia. Read more

November 2013

Military Heritage

Rommel’s Failed Gamble: The “Six Days’ Race”

By Arnold Blumberg

An old cliché admonishes, “Bad things always come in threes.” Whether it was thought of as a law of nature or merely coincidence, a rapid succession of events in North Africa during the summer of 1942 seemed to confirm this widely held notion among the officers and men of the British Eighth Army. Read more

November 2013

Military Heritage

A Flash of Sabers

By Alexander Zakrzewski

On­ the foggy morning of November 30, 1808, Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, watched impatiently as his Grande Armée lumbered up the rocky slopes of the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains of central Spain. Read more

November 2013

Military Heritage, Editorial

Going Up Against J.E.B. Stuart

Brigadier General Alfred Pleasonton’s outward appearance was that of a well-groomed man. He kept his beard and moustache neatly trimmed, parted his wavy hair on the side, and wore a wide-brimmed hat like a dandy. Read more

November 2013

Military Heritage, Weapons

The Frigate USS Confederacy

By William B. Allmon

The British frigates HMS Orpheus and Roebuck, on April 20, 1781, escorted their prize—the Continental Navy frigate USS Confederacy—with the Union Jack flying above the Stars and Stripes, to New York harbor, thus ending Confederacy’s two-year service to the American rebels. Read more

Rafael Trujillo’s 1957 American Chevrolet on display following his assassination on May 30, 1961. During the ambush, Trujillo stumbled wounded out of his car, only to be shot dead in the street.

November 2013

Military Heritage, Intelligence

The CIA Assassination of Rafael Trujillo

By Peter Kross

The United States from 1959 to 1961 turned its focus to two of the most charismatic, ruthless, and despotic rulers in the Caribbean region, Fidel Castro of Cuba and Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic. Read more

November 2013

Military Heritage, Militaria

Heyde Toy Soldiers

By Steve Sommers

About 30 years ago, my wife and I were walking around a big antique toy market on a county fair site. Read more

November 2013

Military Heritage, Games

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist

By Joseph Luster

Back when we previewed Splinter Cell: Blacklist—the sixth installment in Ubisoft’s long-running stealth-action franchise—it was only partially clear how it would differentiate itself from its predecessor, Splinter Cell: Conviction. Read more