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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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    What We Learned: from the Moro Rebellion

    While the Moro Rebellion lasted roughly from 1903 to 1913, it’s perhaps more accurate to describe the insurgency by Muslim southern Filipinos—dubbed Moros by the Spanish—as a 600-year struggle for religious autonomy and independence...

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    Hallowed Ground: Morristown, New Jersey

    Although the 1777–78 winter encampment at Valley Forge, Pa., is firmly fixed in Americans’ collective memory, the situation at Morristown two years later was far bleaker. The Army’s inexperience with winter encampments, hut...

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    From Cowardice to Courage

    For abandoning his post at Bunker Hill, Captain John Callender was court-martialed and cashiered—but he refused to remain a coward. O June 17, 1775, was a mixed bag at best for the Continental Army, which Congress had officially...

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    Soviet Women at War

    Eager to prove themselves, women served the Red Army as nurses, medics, cooks and clerks—but also as snipers, surgeons, pilots and machine gunners. On June 21, 1941, the day before Nazi Germany sprang its surprise invasion of the Soviet...

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    Buddha: Enlightened Warrior

    In his youth Siddhartha Gautama was a brawny, six-foot warrior prince, trained in the art of war—and perhaps touched by tragedy. It is a curious fact of military history that the founders of three of the world’s four major religions...

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    What Ever Happened to the French Foreign Legion?

    Conceived in fear and mistrust, this fighting force of unmanageable misfits and deserters survived, thrived and earned its country’s grudging respect. Time was, films about the French Foreign Legion were themselves legion. P.C. Wren’s...

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    Valor: The Cliff-Scaling Captain

    Hiram Bearss U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor The Philippines November 17, 1901 Hiram Bearss earned his first major decoration, the Medal of Honor, in the Philippines for leading his men down booby-trapped jungle trails, across a tropical...

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    What We Learned: from Mount Gilboa, 1006 BC

    The Israelite victory at Michmash Pass (1010 BC) sparked a popular uprising that ejected Philistine outposts from the Israelite hill country. Saul’s control of the foothills thwarted outright frontal assaults, so Philistine commanders...

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    Hallowed Ground: The Kahlenberg, Vienna

    The Ottoman Turks gained their first foothold in Europe at Gallipoli in 1354. In 1529 they reached Vienna and almost took the capital of the Habsburg Empire. They made a second attempt in 1683 and would have succeeded if not for the...

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    Kublai Khan vs. Kamikaze

    When the legendary Mongol conqueror sought to invade Japan, he didn’t expect defeat to arrive with the wind. For more than a decade maritime archaeologists working in the murky waters off Takashima Island on Japan’s Kyushu coast have...

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    When the Warriors Stood Down

    Patton, Truscott and the secret intrigues of postwar Europe. On May 8, 1945, the day the Third Reich fell to Allied forces, the devastation in Germany was all but complete. Cities, towns, railroads and ports lay in ruins. Schools, courts,...

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    The Best Medicine

    Death came slowly to soldiers wounded on the battlefields of antiquity. The muscle-powered weapons that hacked at their flesh only rarely inflicted sudden death. Bodies pierced by spears or slashed by swords lingered in agony, sometimes...

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    Slugfest on the Suez

    Egypt caught Israel by surprise on Yom Kippur 1973 with a brilliant cross-canal attack. Then IDF armor counterattacked… Major General Ariel Sharon assumed command of the Israel Defense Forces’ 143rd Reserve Armored Division on Oct. 6,...

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    Decisions: Howe’s Wishful Thinking

    The brilliant victories at Trenton and Princeton in December 1776 and January 1777 by Continental Army Commander in Chief George Washington did not fundamentally alter the military situation in North America. Great Britain remained in...

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    Valor: Young Man on a Mission

    Karl Richter U.S. Air Force Air Force Cross North Vietnam April 20, 1967 By the time 1st Lieutenant Karl Wendell Richter lifted off in his F-105 Thunderchief from the runway at Khorat Royal Thai Air Force Base on April 20, 1967, he was...

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    What We Learned: from the Suez Crisis

    The nine-day Suez Crisis of 1956 was sparked by a series of what in hindsight seem playground-worthy disputes, though they could have led to global Armageddon. That year Egypt switched its allegiance from Western arms suppliers to the...