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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.




  • Vietnam Magazine

    Dan Bullock: The youngest American killed in the Vietnam War

    Pfc. Dan Bullock died at age 15 in 1969 and efforts to recognize the young African-American Marine continue and are highlighted in this Military Times documentary. (Rodney Bryant and Daniel Woolfolk/Military Times)...

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    Hallowed Ground: Lake Trasimeno, Italy

    Lago Trasimeno is the largest lake on the Italian peninsula. It abuts the Umbria-Tuscany border roughly between the ancient city-states of Perugia and Siena. The surrounding countryside is bucolic and peaceful. More than 2,200 years ago,...

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    Afghanistan Fiasco

    In 1979 the Soviets intervened in a bloody civil war then rending Afghanistan—that was their first mistake. By April 1982 the Soviet Union had been fighting in Afghanistan for more than two years, and it was proving impossible to win, by...

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    Ben Franklin’s Tory Bastard

    Illegitimate son of one of America’s founding fathers, William Franklin fought the patriots at every turn during the American Revolution. On April 12, 1782, a force of Loyalist irregulars took Joshua Huddy, a Patriot militiaman, from...

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    The Cost of Victory

    It’s a truism as old as warfare itself—spectacular victories often at a terrible cost.  Once upon a time there was a weekly network television program called grew up in the 1960s or ’70s, you’ll remember the Wide World of...

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    What We Learned from Fort Eben-Emael, 1940

    According to one source it was Adolf Hitler himself who first floated the idea for an aerial assault on the lynchpin of Belgium’s frontline defenses. “I have read something of your work with gliders,” he told General Kurt Student,...

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    Decisions: Dropping the Bomb

    President Harry S. Truman’s orders for atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, were among the most important and controversial decisions of the 20th century. Critics have decried the immense loss of life in the...

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    Li-Wo’s Last Fight

    Thomas Wilkinson Royal Navy Reserve Victoria Cross Java Sea February 14, 1942 His Majesty’s Ship much of a warship. Barely 160 feet long, with steam engines Li-Wo wasn’t generating less than 300 horsepower, it was built to carry...

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    Hallowed Ground: Nu‘uanu Pali, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i

    Standing at the Nu‘uanu Pali overlook on O‘ahu, it is hard to imagine that such a serene landscape was the setting for a bloody and ultimately futile last stand by hundreds of Polynesian warriors. In the late 18th century the...

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    When the Mongols Met Their March

    In 1260 at the spring of Ayn J¯al¯ut in Palestine, an Egyptian Mamluk army handed invading Mongols a bitter cup of defeat. In September 1260 an Egyptian Mamluk army, led by Sultan Sayf al-Din Qutuz, deployed around the Ayn J¯al¯ut...

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    Michael Collins: Rebel of the Cause

    In his violent efforts to secure Irish Independence, the shrewd guerrilla leader paid back the British ‘in their own coin.’ On Aug. 22, 1922, as dusk settled on the soft Irish hills of southern County Cork, Ireland, a small convoy...

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    War and Healing

    Many of history’s transformational medical innovations were born on the battlefield. The history of human conflict inevitably calls to mind battlefields strewn with the dead and dying. In the earliest clashes warriors brutally hacked and...

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    The Last Hero: William J. Donovan

    William J. Donovan U.S. Army Medal of Honor Landres-et-Saint Georges, France October 14 and 15, 1918 William Joseph Donovan was one of the very few American soldiers to have received the U.S. Army’s three highest decorations: the Medal...

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    What We Learned from the Bay of Pigs, 1961

    The epitaph for the disastrous April 17–19, 1961, attempt to overthrow communist dictator Fidel Castro by invading Cuba with 1,500 amateur soldiers and a handful of piston-engined B-26 ground-attack bombers was spoken soon afterward by...

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    Hallowed Ground: Chemin des Dames, France

    German history books style it the Damenweg, while the French call it the Chemin des Dames. Both translate into English as the “Ladies’ Path” and refer to a nearly 20-mile route along an exposed ridgeline northeast of Soissons. The...

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    Von Ripper: Painter with a Gun

    Australian Baron Rudolph Von Ripper’s adventurous life included stints as a soldier in three wars and a legacy of artworks depicting the horrors he had witnessed. IN THE MISERABLE WINTER of 1944—as American soldiers battled their way...