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“General, I have no division”

Today, July 3, marked the close of the three-day battle between the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg in 1963. The day’s most famous event was Pickett’s charge. Gettysburg is a remarkably fascinating battle. It was a decisive battle, in the sense that it marked a crucial turning point […]

Euphemistic

I’m reading with interest Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August, which relates the events of World War I’s opening month. The author has a penchant for making amusing side comments: “The special motive of the Force under your control,” [Kitchener wrote to the commander of British forces], “is to support and cooperate with the French […]

Reflections on A History of Warfare

[Note: the following is a personal reaction to John Keegan’s A History of Warfare–it’s not intended as a comprehensive review of the book.] Is it possible to write a comprehensive history of human warfare? I wasn’t sure quite what to think when I first saw John Keegan’s A History of Warfare. How could one hope […]