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Military History

July 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.
fort william henry, 1757: a fate worse than surrender

Join the discussion at militaryhistory.com On capturing the British garrison, a French commander offered terms—but his Indian allies sought payback By Ron Soodalter IN THE ARCHIVES: Fallen Timbers, Broken Alliance Needing a soldier to fight Indians and rebuild the Army, George Washington turned to ‘Mad Anthony’ Wayne By Thomas Fleming Interview The founder of History Flight, Mark Noah is dedicated to finding and properly interring missing U.S. service members Tools Debuting on the Western Front in 1917, the Whippet was nimbler than other tanks, if nowhere near as fast as its namesake 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.
meet dad

Your story on the history of “The Jeep” [by Jon Guttman, May 2020] got me looking for this picture of my dad, U.S. Army Pfc. Philip E. Kelly, who served in the 498th Medical Collecting Company in Europe during World War II, including during the Battle of the Bulge. Here he is [above left] next to the Jeep he used as a messenger in one of his assignments. Phil KellyLAKE FREDERICK, VA. My father (Edward T. Woolverton) was wounded on D-Day and died on July 8, 1944. I’m 82 years old, and I saw him for the first time in my life a couple of months ago when we discovered this picture of him [above right] on the internet. Edward D. WoolvertonSPOKANE, WASH. Editor responds: What a gift to find this wartime portrait of…

2 min.
eisenhower memorial opens on v-e day 75th

The long-anticipated Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., opens on May 8, 2020, the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, when the Allies accepted Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender in World War II. Authorized by Congress in 1999, the memorial project was plagued with delays amid design disputes between the appointed memorial commission and the Eisenhower family. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the $150 million memorial occupies a 4-acre plaza directly across Independence Avenue from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It centers on a series of bronze statues and stone bas-reliefs sculpted by Sergey Eylanbekov that honor Eisenhower the person, the general and the president. Visitors first encounter a bronze of Eisenhower as a boy in hometown Abilene, Kan. At the heart of the site stands a bronze…

1 min.
‘off they go’ to the boneyard

Amid efforts to modernize its fleet, the U.S. Air Force will retire nearly 300 fighters, as well as more than 100 other aircraft across its bomber, airlift, tanker and drone fleets. Its 2021 budget proposal calls for 48 new F-35A joint strike fighters and a dozen hybrid F-15EXs to replace decades-old F-15s and F-16s. Included are funding requests for 15 new KC-46A tankers to fuel the new fighters and eight MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopters to supplant the iconic UH-1N Huey (above), which has reached the half-century mark. In another cost-cutting move the Air Force will scrap 17 non-nuclear B-1B Lancers to fund upkeep of the fleet’s remaining 44 bombers until new B-21 Raiders arrive later this decade.…

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memphis belle grounded

The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, N.Y., has grounded the privately owned B-17 Flying Fortress Memphis Belle used in the 1990 film of the same name. The original Belle—the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 combat missions over Europe and return stateside—resides at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Geneseo officials cited rising costs, notably insurance. Premiums to operate the movie Belle, one of just 46 surviving B-17s worldwide, were expected to soar and perhaps double, driven in part by the Oct. 2, 2019, crash of a B-17 in Connecticut that killed the pilot, co-pilot and five passengers. SENIOR AIRMAN JONATHAN MCELDERRY, U.S. AIR FORCE; INTERFOTO, ANDY MURPHY (ALAMY STOCK PHOTO)(2)…

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war record

June 4, 1944 To prevent friendly fire incidents during the June 6 invasion of Normandy, France, Allied ground crews in Britain begin painting designated aircraft with black-and-white “invasion stripes” (P. 56). June 10, 1944 In a unilateral reprisal raid Waffen-SS troops (P. 24) massacre 642 residents of Oradour-sur-Glane in Nazi-occupied France. After the war President Charles de Gaulle orders the village ruins preserved as a memorial to the victims. June 30, 1794 During the Northwest Indian War troops of the Legion of the United States fend off attacks against Fort Recovery in Ohio country. Maj. Gen. “Mad Anthony” Wayne had the outpost built on the site of the disastrous 1791 Battle of the Wabash (P. 32). July 1, 1946 In its first nuclear weapons test (P. 40) since the July 16, 1945, Trinity blast in the New…