Category Archives: Military History

Errors In Estimation

One of the most notable aspects of the problems that nations get into when they get involved in wars are problems of estimation. What are some of the ways that this estimation can go awry? Let us explore the ways. … Continue reading

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Some Notes On The Concept Of Civil War In The Bible

This evening at dinner I read the first half of a sizable book on the subject of civil wars that pointedly ignores the historiography of civil wars as a concept in the Bible while discussing it from Greco-Roman, Arabic, and … Continue reading

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Par Avion

I was not alive to witness the shame of the evacuation of Americans and Vietnamese from Saigon in April 1975 when South Vietnam fell to an invasion from North Vietnam and was unable (and perhaps its corrupted elites were unwilling) … Continue reading

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Roads To Glory For The Political General

In reading a couple of books about Nathaniel Banks, and having previously read books about other Civil War political generals like Benjamin Butler, I was struck by the thought of how it was that political generals ended up receiving a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fighting Politician: Major General N.P. Banks

Fighting Politician: Major General N.P. Banks, by Fred Harvey Harrington This book is an interesting and not particularly sympathetic biography of Nathaniel Prentice Banks, who is largely remembered only by students of Civil War history, although Banks had a lengthy … Continue reading

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Book Review: Campaigning With Banks In Louisiana, ’63 And ’64, And With Sheridan In The Shenandoah Valley In ’64 And ’65

Campaigning With Banks In Louisiana, ’63 And ’64, And With Sheridan In The Shenandoah Valley In ’64 And ’65, by Frank M. Flinn One of the more interesting aspects of this book to me as a reader is that the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Guam 1941 & 1944

Guam 1941 & 1944: Loss And Reconquest, by Gordon L Rottman One would not normally think of Guam as one of the most obvious military strongpoints of the world, but it has indeed proven to be so in the 20th … Continue reading

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Book Review: Civil War Command & Strategy

Civil War Command & Strategy: The Process Of Victory And Defeat, by Archer Jones This book is an interesting one, and it has an interesting approach in that it looks at the campaigns of the Civil War with an eye … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Politics Of Command

The Politics Of Command: Factions And Ideas In Confederate Strategy, by Thomas Lawrence Connolly and Archer Jones There are a few people at least who will read this book and miss what I think is the worth and enjoyment of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Retreat To Victory?

Retreat To Victory?: Confederate Strategy Reconsidered, by Robert G. Tanner Would a Fabian strategy have served the Confederacy well? This is a question that is commonly asked by students of the Civil War as the size of the Confederacy and … Continue reading

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