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July 5, 2017

In the 2001 documentary film about the first Gulf War in 1991, Inside the Kill Box, an American armored unit commander reminisced about a remarkable experience, 

“…in the first Gulf War, a Bradley [American armored personal carrier] had a picture of German Field Marshal...

April 25, 2017

Death was all around those at Vimy Ridge in World War I.  Men on both sides clung to life in the depths of the trenches, the only defense the ordinary soldier had in the madness called the Western Front. The armies of Germany’s Kaiser and of Britain’s King were locked...

November 10, 2016

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was very good at war. War is about killing, maiming and destroying, a futile effort that has never delivered its false promises, but always delivers profound sadness, and unimagined loss. Today I am Chasing Rommel to land’s end where the sea...

October 17, 2016

Le Marchand de la Mort Est Mort
(The Merchant of Death is Dead)


In 1888, eight Noble Prize winners were born. They would go on to earn one of the world’s most coveted honors, an award that would not even be created for thirteen more years. 

In 1888, in London a new and...

August 1, 2016

No other German General came close to preoccupying the military leaders of Great Britain and the United States in World War II as did Erwin Rommel.  To this very day his exploits in the North African deserts attract and fascinate many who study or read military history...

April 30, 2016

The first in a series of articles about German General Erwin Rommel 

My Normandy Journey to La Roche-Guyon Rommel’s Normandy Headquarters

The Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944 holds an endless attraction for me. For many years I have made my pilgrimages to Norman...

April 7, 2016

 On the cover of the January 2016 issue of Military History magazine, one finds an odd, unflattering photograph of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. The photo is half black and white, as it was originally created, and the other half is overcast by a unflattering red s...