Military Heritage

October 2002

Volume 4, No. 2

U.S. Marines invade a stretch of Southern coastline. Painting by Don Troiani,

October 2002

Military Heritage

Islam at Vienna’s Gates

By Ludwig Heinrich Dyck

For nearly two long months, from July 14 to early September 1683, Vienna endured the siege from the Ottoman Empire. Read more

Using wheeled carriers on the jungle track was generally impossible, so the wounded had to be carried out on stretchers, here by natives.

October 2002

Military Heritage

The Miserable Kokoda Track

By A.B. Feuer

The Papuan peninsula is a lush, tropical rainforest on the southeast end of New Guinea populated by Melanesian natives. Read more

Crossing streams was generally by primitive means. Hauling supplies was difficult, too, but natives helped.

October 2002

Military Heritage

‘Trail of Death’: The Kokoda Track

By A.B. Feuer

In 1994 James Anderson and a few other adventurers retraced the Australian Army’s withdrawal from Kokoda in 1942, and followed the track across the Owen Stanley Mountains. Read more

Israeli jets swoop in to catch the Egyptian Air Force on the ground where it was resting after standing down from dawn patrols.

October 2002

Military Heritage

The Sinai Air Strike: June 5, 1967

By Eric Hammel

It was 7 o’clock Israeli time, three hours after dawn on Monday, June 5, 1967. The summer season’s daily thick morning mist was just lifting from the coastal areas, across the breadth of the humid Nile Delta, and along the Suez Canal. Read more

October 2002

Military Heritage, Editorial

P-38s: Odd, but Deadly.

The most astonishing looking common aircraft of World War II was the Lockheed Lightning P-38. It had two tails.

Or rather in aircraft talk, it had twin booms ending in vertical stabilizers and rudders. Read more

October 2002

Military Heritage, Communique


Dear Mr. Stoddard,

The article “Fighting the Tiger” by Eric Niderost (August 2002), regarding the first U.S. military action in Korea in 1871, was very well written. Read more

October 2002

Military Heritage, Weapons

The History of Mobile Artillery

By Arnold Blumberg

“It is with artillery that one makes war.” So declared Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the Great Captains of military history and a born gunner himself. Read more

A Roman soldier dictates a letter to a scribe outside a permanent Roman camp in Germany.

October 2002

Military Heritage, Soldiers

Roman Generals: Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo

By Harold E. Raugh, Jr.

Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo was probably born between 4 bc and ad 1. His younger half-sister was first the mistress and then the consort of Gaius Caesar Germanicus, better known as the Emperor Caligula. Read more

U-2 flights over the Soviet Union began in the mid-1950s. U-2s had extraordinary range and could fly 14 miles high while photographing in astonishing detail. A major objective: the extent of Soviet nuclear weaponry.

October 2002

Military Heritage, Intelligence

The U-2 Spy Plane’s Cold War Missions

By John D. Gresham

Movies and novels about spies and espionage usually portray brave and sexy secret agents going deep behind enemy lines to grab some invaluable and potentially destabilizing piece of information. Read more

October 2002

Military Heritage, Militaria

World War II Propaganda Posters

By Eric H. Roth

Military posters played a crucial role in motivating Americans to do their best and make sacrifices—of all kinds—during World War II. Read more

October 2002

Military Heritage, Books

Martin Blumenson’s ‘Anzio’

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

The World War II campaign in Italy, fought in rugged terrain that favored the German defender, inhibited maneuver, and restricted resupply efforts, had ground to a standstill by the end of 1943. Read more