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Land, naval & air warfare from ancient times to the late 20th century. Military History is the nation’s oldest and most popular magazine devoted to the history of warfare. Each issue contains incisive accounts from top writers and historians who take a fresh look at the commanders, campaigns, battles, and weapons that made history.




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    Payoff in Tokyo Bay

    In September 1945 General Douglas MacArthur commanded center stage aboard the battleship Missouri as Japan’s surrender ended World War II. At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 1945—days after atomic bombs incinerated the Japanese cities of...

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    A True Warrior-King: Gustavus II Adolphus

    Gustavus II Adolphus, Sweden’s legendary ‘Lion of the North,’ was a master tactician, a fearsome frontline fighter and a successful nation builder. A 15th century prophecy averred that a series of disasters would end only when a...

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    Society of the Cincinnati

    A fraternity of revolutionary officers—or a monarchist conspiracy? In May 1782, seven months after the British army’s surrender at Yorktown, Va., General George Washington was at his headquarters in a fieldstone farmhouse near...

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    Facing the Tigers at Hill 112

    After D-Day, allied forces seeking to outflank the German-held city of Caen ran into a wall of steel at Hill 112. Crossing the narrow Odon was the first crucial objective in Operation Epsom, Allied ground commander Field Marshal Sir...

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    Edward III at Crécy

    The Hundred Years’ War (1337–1453) was a dynastic struggle between France and England that laid the foundations of national consciousness in both countries. It was also a drawn-out slogging match, with major battles few and far...

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    What We Learned from the Battle of Shiloh

    The Battle of Shiloh, fought in middle Tennessee on April 6 and 7, 1862, was the bloodiest in North American history to that time, forcing both Southerners and Northerners to recognize the true ferocity of the year-old Civil War. The clash...

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    Valor: Hanging By a Thread

    William Lowrey John McCants U.S. Navy Distinguished Flying Cross San Diego, California May 15, 1941 What the Navy would call “one of the most brilliant and daring rescues” in the history of the service occurred not in war but seven...

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    Hallowed Ground: Monmouth, New Jersey

    On June 26, 1778, nine days into their march from Philadelphia to New York, Lt. Gen. Sir Henry Clinton and his beleaguered British army lumbered into a small New Jersey town called Monmouth Courthouse. Beset by torrential rains and...

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    First Black Colonel: Charles Young

    Charles Young made a career of breaking down barriers in the segregated U.S. Army. Charles Young was born into slavery in a two-room log cabin in Mays Lick, Ky., on March 12, 1864. His father Gabriel later fled to freedom and in 1865...

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    Put to the Sword

    Banastre Tarleton and his ruthless British Legion. History loves a villain, and Banastre Tarleton wears that mantle with great élan, at least to Americans. The British, however, remember him as the darling of the Revolutionary...

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    The Throwback War, Iran Vs. Iraq

    Though fought with modern-day weaponry, the conflict resembled nothing so much as the World War I Western Front. In his satirical novel Slaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut places the protagonist, a soldier named Billy Pilgrim,...

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    Introducing Poison Gas

    Scientists have long played a significant role in the evolution of warfare. This was certainly the case in World War II, which heralded the dawn of the atomic age. Thirty years before the first nuclear bomb fell on Hiroshima, Japan,...

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    What We Learned from Gallipoli

    Take, say, a rucksack, stuff it with poor leadership, bad timing, miscommunication and poor coordination among forces, political gamesmanship, overestimation of your own forces, underestimation of the enemy’s and steep uphill climbs...

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    Valor: Humanity at Sea

    Werner Hartenstein Deutsche Kriegsmarine South Atlantic Ocean September 12, 1942 Korvettenkapitän Werner Hartenstein was both a top German World War II U-boat commander and a holder of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. But it was...

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    Hallowed Ground: Field of Blackbirds, Kosovo

    The Balkans remain a ground of contention where the past is never dead. As the Cold War ended in the late 1980s, the Yugoslavia of the late Communist strongman Josip Broz Tito descended into a series of civil wars and then finally broke...

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    Close Call at Chosin

    How the foresight and tactical brilliance of Marine Maj. Gen. O.P. Smith saved his division from annihilation in North Korea. One of the little-known aspects of the Chosin Reservoir campaign was that Maj. Gen. Oliver P. Smith, the...