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Military Despatches May 2019

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Quote of the month

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

George S. Patton

May Online

Read individual feature articles from the May issue. To read all the regular features such as Head-to- head, Famous figures in military history, Forged in battle, Battlefield, this month in military history, and game, movie and book reviews, open the full magazine on the left.

Top Ten World War II Fighter Aces

Seeing as how the Top Ten fighter aces of World War II were all German (as were the next 110 aces), we decided to look at the Top Ten Aces by country.

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Special Forces - Brazil

Part Three of a series that takes a look at Special Forces units around the world. This month we look at Brazil.

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Germany calling…

Propaganda has always played an important role in war and some of the broadcasters went on to achieve fame or notoriety. Lord Haw-Haw was probably the best known.

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On the right track

During the Second Anglo-Boer War the railway lines were vital life lines, but there were vulnerable to sabotage and attack. That’s where the armoured trains came in. By Servaas van Breda.

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Talking about tradition

It’s always interesting to discover some of the traditions that military units and organisations have adopted. Some of which have been around for hundreds of years.

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Saints alive

There are no fewer than 314 Patron Saints. Every continent, country, place, occupation, ailment, illness, and danger has a patron saint to call its own. And the military is no exception. Special thanks to Paul J. Els for help with the research.

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