"History is written by the victors" remains among the hoariest aphorisms of military history, especially in the age of open digital archives.
Football analogies may work well toward explaining traditional combat but not so much modern-day unconventional warfare.
Color photography, motion pictures and digital imagery have brought a new immediacy to the chronicle of human warfare.
Grasping the motivations behind armed conflict is a key to understanding the conduct of warriors in all times and places.
In coming issues Military History will look at the key battlefields, call them "bloodlands," that have hosted repeated conflicts throughout human history.
In coming issues Military History will profile history's great military leaders, exploring those qualities that made them transcendent leaders.
The American military has a long and uneven history of working toward full and fair treatment of blacks and other minorities.
As faithful to reality as war films may be, they are fiction and not to be confused with the real-life events that inspired them.
Should Americans' constitutional right to free speech extend to lying about one's military service and honors, or lack thereof?
Military leaders are called on to make tough calls - and then stand by those decisions.
The motivations behind warfare are many, from a sense of patriotism to the chance for adventure and perhaps darker reasons.
Though the word "battle" calls to mind history's great conflicts on land, humankind's battles at sea have been every bit as decisive and consequential.
History is sometimes messy, and historians would do well to keep that in mind when seeking to create order from chaos.
The World War II histories of a pivotal hill along the Normandy coast points to the fluctuating nature of facts themselves.
To a field army, the weather can be both ally and enemy, playing a pivotal role in the outcome of a conflict.
Military memoirs, while invaluable for understanding what happened on the field of battle, should be taken with a grain of salt.