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Military History July 2018

Military History is the nation’s oldest and most popular war magazine devoted to the history of warfare. Topics include naval history, army, infantry and foot soldiers from all branches of the military.

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IEDs (ATEF HASSAN/REUTERS)I found the article regarding IEDs [“Faceless Enemy,” by Paul X. Rutz] in your March 2018 issue very interesting and pretty thorough, given such an expansive topicI retired from the Army in 2015 after 23 years of service. My time in the Army saw me in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Before my first deployment to Iraq I attended C-IED (counter-IED) training and became the primary trainer for my platoon. I’m not sure what I can tell you about the training in particular—because I don’t want to unintentionally disclose classified information—but your article did touch on some of the topics we covered.Before my tour to Afghanistan I was once again selected to attend specialized training. Though the approach had similarities to that used in Iraq, this training was different,…

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paul allen’s team finds wreck of uss lexington

‘She is going down with her head up. Dear old Lex. A lady to the last!’—Chicago Tribune correspondent Stanley Johnston on the scuttling of USS LexingtonA search team aboard the research vessel Petrel, owned and operated by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen [paulallen.com], has added the World War II aircraft carrier USS Lexington to the list of historic warship wrecks it has pinpointed in recent years. Scuttled on May 8, 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea—history’s first carrier vs. carrier clash—the 888-foot, 36,000-ton flattop lies some 2 miles below the surface 500 miles off Australia’s northeast coastLaunched in 1925, “Lady Lex” spent its career in the U.S. Pacific Fleet. It was at sea, delivering aircraft to Midway Island, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.…

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tankfest 2018 rolls into tank museum

From June 29 to July 1 Wargaming, developer of the multiplayer online game World of Tanks [worldoftanks.com], will host Tankfest, an annual display of historic armored vehicles at the Tank Museum [tankmuseum.org] in Dorset, U.K. The museum holds the world’s largest collection of tanks, comprising more than 300 vehicles from 26 nations. Standouts include the world’s first tank prototype (Little Willie) and the oldest surviving combat tank (a British Mark I).Belle Is BackThe National Museum of the U.S. Air Force [nationalmuseum.af. mil], at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is putting the Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress Memphis Belle back on display after a 13-year restoration effort. The subject of 1944 and 1990 films, Memphis Belle was among the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bombers to complete 25 combat missions over…

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how to preserve   maritime heritage?

Governments, maritime archaeologists and museums are teaming up to address the illegal salvaging of warship wrecks, particularly in Southeast Asia, where scavengers (often Chinese-flagged) have targeted some 50 wrecks from Japan, the United States, Australia, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. The United Nations and individual countries have enacted shipwreck protection laws, but enforcing them remains a challenge. Awareness helps. A recent exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum [anmm.gov.au] in Sydney highlighted the threatened wrecks of the World War II cruisers HMAS Perth (above) and USS Houston. But the best hope may lie with efforts to create 3D digital models of shipwrecks using photogrammetry and other methods, thus enabling future generations to view historic ships that—by the hand of mankind or nature—will ultimately vanish. ■…

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raf bombs did not down famed bandleader miller

Historian Dennis Spragg [dennismspragg.com], author of the 2017 book Glenn Miller Declassified, insists the American bandleader—who died on Dec. 15, 1944, when the U.S. Army Air Forces UC-64A Norseman plane taking him from England to a USO performance in France crashed into the English Channel—was not the victim of jettisoned Royal Air Force bombs, as widely believed. The rediscovered wartime log of a British plane-spotter placed the single-engine Norseman over Reading en route to Paris, proving it could not have crossed into the designated bomb-jettison zone. The crash was likely due to a frozen carburetor, consistent with U.S. Army findings.FAIRFAX MEDIA/GETTY IMAGES; NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE; ARCHIVE PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES ■…

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war   record

June 15, 1932A Bolivian military expedition seizes Fort Carlos Antonio López, a Paraguayan outpost on Lake Pitiantutá in the Chaco Boreal, a contested region reportedly rich in oil deposits. The incursion sets off the Chaco War (P. 30), which Paraguay wins in 1935.June 17, 1942Milton S. Eisenhower, brother of then Brig. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, resigns as director of the War Relocation Authority overseeing Japanese internment camps (P. 56), noting the “great majority” of Japanese Americans are loyal.June 25, 1982Disgraced former Marine Reginald F. Smith is murdered by a fellow inmate while serving a 40-year sentence for the April 21, 1969, “fragging” (P. 22) by hand grenade of his company commander, 1st Lt. Robert T. Rohweller, at Quang Tri Combat Base, Vietnam.June 30, 1944Discharged U.S. Navy Reservist turned Nazi defector…