World War II

LESSON LEARNED

FROM THE LATE 1990s and into the first years of this century, I taught military history at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. It was a rewarding assignment. As we used to put it among the faculty, we taught our cadets military history “from Plato to NATO.”

Another professionally pleasing aspect of the assignment was the knowledge that”—roughly “Wisdom Through History.” But there is also another motto: “Much of the history we teach was made by the people we taught.” For that reason, if no other, one must be careful in the classroom.

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