By William Stroock
To Americans of a certain age, Col. Moamar Qadafi , president for life of Libya, was a blustering buffoon, a toy dictator mocked on T-shirts calling him “Qadafi Duck.” For much of Africa, however, Qadafi was a dangerous revolutionary, seeding chaos and terror throughout the continent. Seeking to spread his brand of Pan-Arab and -African socalism, Qadafi waged war against the nations of Egypt, Uganda, and Chad. His African adventures ended in failure and humiliation, costing billions in treasure and equipment and thousands of lives.
Lend Lease to Russia
By John M. Barr
On 22 June 1941 Hitler launched more than 4 million men, 3,500 armored vehicles and 4,000 aircraft across the Soviet border in the largest military operation in history. By the end of that year Germany captured more than 500,000 square miles of the Soviet Union’s richest territory, including about 75 million inhabitants (a little more than a third of the pre-invasion population), and 30 percent of its productive capacity. On top of that, by the end of the year the USSR had lost in combat some 3.1 million men along with about 20,000 tanks, 18,000 planes and more than 60,000 artillery pieces.
By Carl Otis Schuster
Charlemagne came to the throne of the Frankish kingdom in 768 at the age of 26. By the time he died 46 years later, he had expanded his realm from a portion of modern France to an empire encompassing most of western and central Europe. That was accomplished not with numerical or qualitative superiority over his enemies, but by a systematic approach to war that skillfully blended diplomacy, intelligence gathering, strategy, tactics, and logistics…
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