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Military Heritage May 2018

Thunder on the Broxburn

Thunder on the Broxburn

By Don Hollway
In July 1637 few Scots or English would have guessed the result when Edinburgh minister James Hannay preached from the Book of Common Prayer, and street merchant Jenny Geddes threw her footstool at his head. “Devil give you colic in your stomach, false thief,” said she, “dare you   More »

Race to the Meuse

Race to the Meuse

By William E. Welsh
The American airborne troops shivered in their foxholes as temperatures plummeted on Christmas Eve 1944. Behind them to the east lay the beleaguered town of Bastogne. They braced themselves for another German attack. Two and a half hours into Christmas morning the German heavy guns boomed loudly   More »

The Lion’s Last Roar

The Lion’s Last Roar

By Eric Niderost
King Gustavus II Adolphus of Sweden rode forward confidently, digging his heels into Streiff, his war horse, signaling the animal to quicken his pace and jump the ditch that was just ahead. With his muscles rippling and his nostrils flaring, the magnificent beast cleared the ditch and was   More »

Morgan’s Northern Strike

Morgan’s Northern Strike

By David A. Norris
Stepping off of two captured river steamboats, the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry and the 9th Tennessee Cavalry set foot in Indiana on July 8, 1863. On the south bank of the Ohio River awaiting transport were seven more regiments of Confederate cavalry led by Brig. Gen. John Hunt   More »

High Stakes at Salamis

High Stakes at Salamis

By Erich B. Anderson
As the sun rose shortly after dawn on a morning in late September 480 BC, 170 rowers densely packed on three tiers within an Athenian warship strenuously pushed their oars to propel their vessel forward as fast as possible. The captain, Aminias of Pallene, had given the   More »

Soldiers: Marine Colonel David Lownds

Soldiers: Marine Colonel David Lownds

By William E. Welsh
The Marines patrolling outside Khe Sanh Combat Base watched three enemy soldiers dart across an access road and dive into the protective edge of a tract of woods. After receiving permission from his company commander to follow them in the hope of capturing a prisoner to interrogate,   More »

Weapons: The Hand Grenade

Weapons: The Hand Grenade

By William F. Floyd, Jr.
During the five-month Japanese siege of Russian-held PortArthur during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 both sides employed hand grenades. The hand-thrown explosives were particularly essential to the Japanese, who struggled to capture key strongpoints in the monumental struggle for control of the Manchurian port.
“It has been   More »



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Japanese Sneak Attack on Sydney Harbor

Japanese Sneak Attack on Sydney Harbor

In May 1942, a Japanese submarine force snuck into Australia’s Sydney Harbor for a daring, suicidal attack.

Napoleon Bonaparte in Present-Day Israel

Napoleon Bonaparte in Present-Day Israel

When an Ottoman army surrounded Jean Kleber’s Division of Mount Tabor on April 16, 1799, the timely arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte ensured a French victory.

Nazi U-Boats At America’s Doorsteps

Nazi U-Boats At America’s Doorsteps

Nazi U-Boats brought World War II to America’s shores as they ravaged merchant shipping off the East Coast.

World War I Doughboys’ Bloody Baptism

World War I Doughboys’ Bloody Baptism

In their first major battles of World War I, American Expeditionary Force troops helped blunt multiple offensives launched by the German Army in the spring of 1918.

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