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May 2021
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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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1 min.
justice from the yardarms

In 1842 the commander of the brig USS Somers hanged a midshipman and two sailors for having plotted a mutiny—but had they? By Paul X. Rutz IN THE ARCHIVES: A Fate Worse Than Surrender When Fort William Henry fell in 1757, French-allied Indians weren’t about to grant the British safe passage By Ron Soodalter Interview In his book Culture in the Third Reich historian Moritz Föllmer examines how the Nazi regime manipulated German society Tools In 1941 Italian sailors slipped three manned torpedos into the British-held port of Alexandria, Egypt, with devastating results HISTORYNET Now Love history? Sign up for our FREE monthly e-newsletter at: historynet.com/newsletters Digital Subscription Did you know Military History is available in digital format? Visit historynet.com for info Let’s Connect Learn more about what you’ve read or discuss a recent article in depth on our Facebook page Join the discussion…

3 min.
ted williams

I have an interesting postscript to John Miles’ article on the famous ballplayer [“‘The Thumper’ Goes to War”]. As a boy I would watch Ted Williams in awe when the Red Sox stopped in Charleston, S.C., to play an exhibition game against the local team on their way north after spring training. In early August 1953 I was a patient in what is now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, having graduated a month before from the U.S. Naval Academy. Williams was admitted as a patient and assigned the room next to mine. (He had developed an ear infection in Korea and couldn’t fly anymore.) Early on he ate in the officers’ dining room but was bothered by people, so he started having meals sent to his room. I was still…

2 min.
commission to review confederate base names

A congressionally authorized commission created by the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act will review U.S. Department of Defense assets named for Civil War–era Confederate figures with the stated goal of renaming them. The action comes on the heels of a 2017 review by the U.S. Army Center for Military History. That agency found the War Department had traditionally allotted naming rights to regional commanders. Its review cited 1917 criteria, likely driven by conscription needs, that advocated naming bases for figures with local appeal and allowed for Confederate names in Southern states. The bases under review are Fort Rucker, Alabama; Forts Benning and Gordon, Georgia; Camp Beauregard and Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Hood, Texas; and Forts A.P. Hill, Lee and Pickett, Virginia. Though naming privileges were intended as…

1 min.
lee statue brought home to virginia

A bronze of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee recently removed from the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol has found a new home in the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond. In a statement announcing the statue’s recall state lawmakers cited its divisive nature, adding, “There is no reason his statue should be one of the two representing Virginia in the U.S. Capitol.” Curatorial director Andrew Talkov said placement of Lee’s statue at the Capitol “tells us a lot about the society that we were in 1909,” while its removal “tells us just as much about the people and the time and the place that we live in.” Replacing it in the Capitol will be a statue of teen civil rights activist Barbara Johns.…

1 min.
medals of honor belong stateside

In 1898, amid the Spanish-American War in Cuba, Pvt. Thomas Kelly risked his life to rescue wounded soldiers while under heavy fire, actions for which he received the Medal of Honor. Last year his decoration (at right) went up for auction in Germany. After representatives from the forthcoming National Medal of Honor Museum, in Arlington, Texas, raised objections, the auction house proposed to sell the medal directly to the museum, until learning such a transfer would be illegal. A new bill proposed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz would amend the U.S. law that prevented its return. The LEGACY Act would enable the defense secretary to initiate the repatriation of Medals of Honor, as long as the medal is destined for a museum, educational institution or the service branch that made…

1 min.
war record

April 414 BC Amid the 431–404 BC Peloponnesian War an invading army from Athens begins building a siege wall around the rival citystate of Syracuse. The Sicilian Expedition (P. 48) ends in disastrous defeat, prompting the collapse of the Athenian democracy. April 1945 Having retreated from Manila in the face of U.S. landings in the Philippines, Japanese Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita (P. 40) rallies his forces in northern Luzon. Following a postwar trial the general hangs on Feb. 23, 1946, for atrocities troops under his command had committed, thus establishing the “Yamashita standard” of command responsibility. May 22, 1952 Gen. Matthew Ridgway speaks to a joint session of Congress about the Battle of Chipyong-ni (P. 62), the “Gettysburg of the Korean War.” In February 1951 surrounded U.S. and French forces stopped a major Chinese offensive near…