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Military History

January 2020

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.
military history

MICHAEL A. REINSTEIN CHAIRMAN & PUBLISHER DAVID STEINHAFEL PUBLISHER ALEX NEILL EDITOR IN CHIEF STEPHEN HARDING EDITOR DAVID LAUTERBORN MANAGING EDITOR PARAAG SHUKLA SENIOR EDITOR JON GUTTMAN RESEARCH DIRECTOR DAVID T. ZABECKI CHIEF MILITARY HISTORIAN STEPHEN KAMIFUJI CREATIVE DIRECTOR BRIAN WALKER GROUP ART DIRECTOR JON C. BOCK ART DIRECTOR MELISSA A. WINN DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ALEX GRIFFITH PHOTO EDITOR CORPORATE DOUG NEIMAN Chief Revenue Officer ROB WILKINS Director of Partnership Marketing TOM GRIFFITHS Corporate Development GRAYDON SHEINBERG Corporate Development SHAWN BYERS VP Audience Development JAMIE ELLIOTT Production Director ADVERTISING MORTON GREENBERG SVP Advertising Sales mgreenberg@mco.com RICK GOWER Regional Sales Manager rick@rickgower.com TERRY JENKINS Regional Sales Manager tjenkins@historynet.com DIRECT RESPONSE ADVERTISING MEDIA PEOPLE / NANCY FORMAN 212.779.7172 ext. 224 nforman@mediapeople.com…

3 min.
on the bottle

I noticed on P. 24 of the September 2019 issue of Military History (“Medusa’s Curse,” by Bob Gordon) that on the Canadians’ vehicle antennae there appear to be plastic bottles taped on upside down [see above]. Can you advise what is the purpose of this attachment? Bruce Baker Roseville, Calif. Editor responds: Canadian units employ such antenna-mounted water bottles to hold infrared chemlights (glow sticks). When maintaining order after dark, a quick glance through night-vision goggles would quickly reveal the organization of the vehicles around you. Depending on the unit and the operating environment, the color and/or number of chemlights would represent the sub-unit. Ukraine For many years I have enjoyed your magazine, and I continue to subscribe and read through the many diverse topics. They are thorough and entertaining. One question: I traveled through Ukraine…

4 min.
news

HONOR THY FATHER A son couldn’t honor his father more meaningfully. On Aug. 8, 2019, passengers at Dallas Love Field airport pressed against the terminal windows to witness the arrival of the repatriated remains of U.S. Air Force Col. Roy A. Knight Jr., who was shot down over Laos on May 19, 1967. Making the occasion all the more poignant was the fact that Knight’s son, Southwest Airlines Capt. Bryan Knight—who was just 5 when he last saw his father, leaving for war from the same airport 52 years before—was at the controls of the jet that brought the fallen warrior home. A prewar flight instructor at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas, Roy Knight deployed to Southeast Asia in January 1967, flying with the 602nd Air Commando Squadron out…

2 min.
lessons from the napoleonic wars

More than two centuries after the culminating battle of the Napoléonic wars researchers continue to learn about the era and its key figures. Recent digs in Russia and Belgium have turned up significant finds, from the grave of one of Napoléon Bonaparte’s favorite generals to the grisly vestiges of a Waterloo field hospital. Researchers in southwest Russia have unearthed the likely remains of Gen. Charles-Étienne Gudin, 44, a lifelong friend of the emperor, who was mortally wounded by a cannonball on Aug. 19, 1812, during the Battle of Valutino amid Napoléon’s failed invasion. On Gudin’s death three days later comrades removed his heart for enshrinement in Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery. His name was subsequently inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe, while a bust of his likeness graces the Palace of Versailles.…

3 min.
news

Dig Studies U.K. POW Camp Archaeologists have completed the first formal study of Lodge Moor prison camp near Sheffield, England, which dates from World War I and held more than 11,000 mostly German POWs at its World War II peak. Among its more infamous World War I internees was then submarine commander Karl Dönitz—future Nazi naval commander and German Reich president—who was captured in 1918. Research has revealed overcrowded conditions at the camp, with more than 70 prisoners crammed into each barrack designed for 30. Honoring Vets at 7 Fathoms Circle of Heroes, the nation’s first underwater memorial to veterans, has opened to divers off Clearwater, Fla. Set some 40 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, it features 12 life-size statues of service-members in a circle around a memorial honoring…

6 min.
interview four hours of fury

James Fenelon By March 1945 the Allies were closing in around Germany, but the 400-yardwide Rhine River remained a significant natural obstacle to their progress. Although Americans had crossed the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, the main Allied thrust would be led by British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery farther north, near Wesel. James Fenelon’s new book, Four Hours of Fury, relates the firsthand experiences of the U.S. 17th Airborne Division during Operation Varsity, the subsequent combat jump during which 17,000 troops were inserted by parachute and glider on the far banks of the Rhine. Fenelon [jamesfenelon.com] is himself a veteran and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Airborne, Jumpmaster and Pathfinder schools. His hands-on experience, diligent research and interviews with veterans combine in a gripping, action-packed narrative of one of the most…