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Military History September 2019

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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United States
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English
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HistoryNet
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Bimonthly
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1 min.
the wages of war

In 1965 Rhodesia’s white-minority government went rogue, sparking a war with present-day repercussions By Dana Benner IN THE ARCHIVES: Waking the Hermit In 1871 the closed kingdom of Korea became an unwilling participant in international power politics By Joseph F. Callo Interview Daniel Guiet relates the clandestine wartime service of his father, OSS and SOE operator Jean-Claude Guiet Tools By 1943 Britain and the United States had developed the Airspeed Horsa and Waco CG-4A gliders to move men and materiel 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…

3 min.
falklands lessons

I enjoyed the March 2019 article about the sinking of the Argentine cruiser [“Sink the Belgrano!” by Patrick S. Baker]. The description of the movements of the Royal Navy vessels was thorough, but there are some features that were not described and may be of interest. Certainly all the Argentine naval vessels withdrew from the scene, but planes with Exocet missiles were still a real threat. After the British troops landed on the island, which was quickly and efficiently done, cargo ships entered the harbor to unload their war materiel. Unhappily, the ship carrying helicopters that were going to be used as air support for the ground troops who had to cross the island to capture Stanley, the capital, was sunk by airdropped Exocets, and only one helo was off-loaded. Admiral Sandy…

2 min.
trump recognizes israel’s claim on golan heights

On March 25, 2019, President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation formally recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights—a 700-square-mile plateau east of the Jordan River that Israel largely seized from Syria in the closing stages of the 1967 Six-Day War. The plateau has particular strategic significance due to its vantage overlooking both Israel and Syria, as well as the buffer it creates between the rival nations. Trump’s action reverses decades of U.S. policy and bucks international consensus regarding the status of the long-disputed territory. Adopted in the aftermath of the 1967 war, U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 calls for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from territories it had “occupied,” including the heights. In defense of its claim Israel points to wording in the resolution recognizing its “right to live in…

1 min.
tech enhances d-day exhibit

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force [nationalmuseum.af.mil], in Dayton, Ohio, pays tribute to the June 6, 1944, Allied landings in Normandy, France, with its 75th anniversary exhibit “D-Day: Freedom From Above,” spotlighting Sainte-Mère-Église—among the first towns liberated—and the U.S. 82nd and 101st airborne divisions, which fought there. Available HistoPad tablets [histovery.com] allow museum visitors to explore aircraft interiors, manipulate 3-D artifacts and compare then-and-now images.…

1 min.
navy memorializes 1969 korean dmz shootdown

The U.S. Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam recently marked the 50th anniversary of an April 15, 1969, incident during the Korean DMZ Conflict (see “The Korean War That Almost Was,” by Mike Coppock, in the May 2019 issue) in which a North Korean MiG-21 fighter shot down a Navy Lockheed EC-121M Warning Star reconnaissance aircraft, killing all 31 Americans aboard. Nearly two-dozen relatives of the slain attended the memorial observance on Ford Island. The shootdown in international airspace over the Sea of Japan, some 90 nautical miles off the east coast of North Korea, sparked domestic outrage, though President Richard Nixon refrained from a retaliatory attack, instead stationing a task force in the region and providing future recon flights with fighter escorts.…

1 min.
medal of honor to a selfless soldier

President Trump has awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins, 31, who was killed in a June 1, 2007, suicide bombing in Abu Sarnak, Iraq, while serving with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. During a security patrol Atkins had stopped a pair of suspected insurgents when one of the men reached to trigger an explosive suicide vest. Disregarding his own safety, the staff sergeant tackled the man to the ground, absorbing the brunt of the blast to save three fellow soldiers standing nearby. Atkins’ son, Trevor Oliver (at left in photo), accepted the medal on his father’s behalf.…