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Military History


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.

Military History


First Shots of the Cold War

Anthony Brandt | Published: February 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm
In 1918 Woodrow Wilson committed to an Allied intervention in a reeling Russia and stumbled into a brewing Cold War

FV101 Scorpion: Keeping the Light Tank Relevant

Jon Guttman | Published: February 25, 2015 at 4:51 pm
The versatile British FV101 Scorpion tracked reconnaissance vehicle and its variants have been in use on battlefields worldwide since 1972.

Interview With Civil War Historian James McPherson

Published: February 25, 2015 at 4:13 pm
As the sesquicentennial of the Civil War draws to a close, historian James McPherson urges Americans to retain the lessons from that nation-shaping conflict.

Book Review: Agincourt, by Stephen Cooper

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm
Stephen Cooper looks at the 1415 Battle of Agincourt and its key players to mark the 600th anniversary of the pivotal English-French clash.

Book Review: Judy, by Damien Lewis

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Judy, by Damien Lewis, relates the surprising story of a pointer that served as a mascot on the Royal Navy gunboats Gnat and Grasshopper during World War II in the Far East.

Book Review: Obedient Unto Death, by Werner Kindler

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 1:44 pm
Obedient Unto Death is Werner Kindler's detailed, often harrowing account of armored operations of the elite German Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler during World War II.

Book Review: The Longest Afternoon, by Brendan Simms

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 1:06 pm
The Longest Afternoon is Cambridge University professor Brendan Simms' detailed account of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo defense of the stone farmhouse La Haye Sainte.

Book Review: The Second Pearl Harbor, by Gene Eric Salecker

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 12:54 pm
In The Second Pearl Harbor, Gene Eric Salecker reveals the causes and consequences of a devastating explosion that rocked the West Loch section of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on May 22, 1944.

Book Review: Home Squadron, by James C. Rentfrow

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 12:34 pm
In his book Home Squadron, James Rentfrow relates the late 19th century transformation of the U.S. Navy into a fleet with global reach.

Book Review: War Planning 1914, edited by Richard F. Hamilton and Holger H. Herwig

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm
War Planning 1914 assesses the prewar plans of the six major European participants in World War I, in particular exposing the weaknesses that led to years-long stalemates on all fronts.

Military History - May 2015 - Letters From Readers

Published: February 25, 2015 at 11:35 am
Readers' letters in the May 2015 issue of Military History sound off about Cold War Europe, lessons from Operations Desert Storm, the Celtic-Roman cultural and military clash, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Frederick Funston, King Philip's War and ongoing tensions in the Middle East between Muslims and Judeo-Christians.

Letter From Military History - May 2015

Stephen Harding | Published: February 25, 2015 at 10:44 am
The determining factors in the outcome of warfare are as varied as the root causes themselves. But determination to see it through, to vanquish one's enemy, is paramount.

Frederick Rutland: Tinker, Sailor, Aviator, Spy

Thomas G. Bradbeer | Published: January 02, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Royal Navy pilot Rutland earned a reputation as a WWI hero before a misstep led to his disgrace in 1941

Curtiss P-40E Warhawk: A Fighter on All Fronts

Jon Guttman | Published: January 02, 2015 at 2:54 pm
Curtiss-Wright's shark-nosed P-40 Warhawks gained their greatest fame over Burma, but the plane saw service on many fronts during World War II.

Interview With the National D-Day Memorial’s April Cheek-Messier

Published: January 02, 2015 at 2:13 pm
National D-Day Memorial director April Cheek-Messier discusses the memorial and its unique relationship to neighboring Bedford, Va.

Military History - March 2015 - Letters From Readers

Published: January 02, 2015 at 1:35 pm
Readers' letters in the March 2015 issue of Military History sound off about lessons learned from Desert Storm, legacies of the Roman empire and the Cold War distribution of U.S. troops in Europe.
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