Do we really need another article on Waterloo? Gettysburg? The Bulge?

Of course we do, as long as the article brings something new to the table. In S&T 288 we’ve got two pieces book-ending World War I in France: Hindenburg’s War by yours truly, covering the 1918 offensives by both sides, and Myths of the Schlieffen Plan by J.E. and H.W. Kaufmann. Both these fields are well-plowed, but each article has new information that sheds a different light on a topic we all think we know pretty well. The 1918 piece will incorporate work John Mosier has been doing over the past few years, reexaminations of official histories written he believes were written with an eye toward a legacy rather than a genuine attempt to stick to the facts, and which gave short shrift to the contribution of the US Army. The Schlieffen article focuses on two key myths: first on new research indicating there really was no Schlieffen plan, that it was a post-war concoction (again with a view to postwar politics rather than actual history), and second that the supposedly anachronistic fortifications used by both sides actually did their job and did it well. The last word has not been written yet; stay tuned.

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The editor of Strategy & Tactics magazine, the Strategy & Tactics Press book line, and the primary developer for the folio and mini game lines for Decision Games. Author of dozens of articles and the first book in the S&T Press line, The Quest for Annihilation, he has also designed more than 30 wargames, focused on the tactical and grand tactical levels. He served six years as an Army officer in armor and mechanized infantry units.

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