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Welcome to the launch of a new magazine with a new format. This magazine is a stepping stone for military history magazine readers who are interested in going beyond stories to examine and understand the how and why of military history. We evaluate the strategies, forces, and leaders. We analyze the actual operations and maneuvers as well as alternative plans and possibilities. A Lessons Learned section summarizes how the topic and outcome influenced later events and why certain principles and techniques are still important today. Each in-depth issue focuses on one topic by a single author and includes over 20 detailed maps plus one large map poster. We also include an annotated bibliography for further reading as well as an overview of other media and games on the topic.

Strategy & Tactics Quarterly subscribers and readers will receive special discounts toward related games. Issues are published quarterly and a digital edition will soon be available. The Lessons Learned summarizes the analysis of the topic and translates it into strategies and action plans useful in wargame play and design. Once the new magazine is established (which will take about two years based on our previous experiences) we will begin introducing mini-games in place of the map poster in some issues and walk newcomers through the basics of wargaming as a part of the magazine. Topics will range across all eras. They will look at individual commanders and famous units, weapons and tools of war, as well as battles and campaigns. The tentative topics for the first eight issues are:


2018-2020

STQ1 Spring 2018 Caesar: Julius Caesar arose at a turbulent time when the Roman Republic was facing military threats from abroad and insurrection at home. It was an era where rival gangs fought in the streets of the capital for control of vital political offices, armies engaged in incredible battles on far-flung frontiers, and generals seized control of the state to ensure justice for their troops against an increasingly corrupt government. Caesar came to the forefront, not only conquering Gaul, but by defeating many foes in the Great Roman Civil War and establishing himself as the sole power in Rome, revolutionizing the political system. This issue covers Caesar as well as profiling figures that are still known to us today—Cleopatra, Spartacus, Cicero, and many more. It also includes maps, battle diagrams, and descriptions of weapons of the Roman world.
STQ2 Summer 2018 America in WWI: In April 1917, the United States entered World War I and the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) proved decisive in the ensuing Allied victory on the Western Front. Yet, a mere 10 years prior the US military was woefully unprepared for war. How did America build a war winning military that deployed tanks, airplanes, and cutting edge combat divisions? This issue tells the story of the rise of American military doctrine in the late 19th century, the Spanish-American War, and the herculean efforts to build a modern military. It also shows how the AEF fought and won big battles on the front lines of one of the greatest wars in history, as well as establishing the foundations for the US military that triumphed in World War II and remains a major force on today’s global scene. This issue includes analysis, maps, orders of battle, descriptions of weapons, and biographies of notable military figures such as John Pershing, Billy Mitchell, the young George Patton, and Homer Lea.
STQ3 Fall 2018 Battle of Stalingrad: This issue provides an in-depth historical analysis of one of history’s greatest battles. It analyzes every facet of the 1942 German offensive in Russia, including the Soviet counter-offensive that marked the war’s overall turning point. The nine chapters each include several original maps, detailed orders of battle, and numerous photographs. The narrative is further enlivened with descriptive quotes from those who took part in planning and carrying out the actual events.
STQ4 Winter 2019 World War III What-ifs: At the end of World War II, two superpowers emerged from the conflict: the United States and the Soviet Union. In the decades that followed, these two superpowers faced off in what became known as the Cold War. This issue analyzes the military aspects of that long struggle between the two powers. The approach is to analyze where World War III might have started and been fought in each of the decades between 1945 and 1991. The prose is clear and free of jargon, but rich in detail and analysis. The narrative is enlivened with descriptive quotes from those who took part in planning and carrying out the actual events.
STQ5 Spring 2019 American Revolution: An in-depth historical look at the American War of Independence. This issue will cover the background of the revolution and the military campaigns to secure American independence.
STQ6 Summer 2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary: An in-depth analysis of the Allied operation into Normandy during World War II. This issue will cover the build-up, landing, and subsequent operations through June 1944.
STQ7 Fall 2019 Ancient Warships: An in-depth look at the history of ancient warships and the innovations in warship construction, tactics, and their influence on later naval thought.
STQ8 Winter 2020 Rise of the British Empire: This issue will be an in-depth analysis of how Britain rose to become an international superpower and how they expanded their reach around the globe.
STQ9 Spring 2020 Wilderness Campaign: An in-depth analysis of the Wilderness Campaign from May to June 1864 during the American Civil War.