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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


Napoléon’s Six Days

James W. Shosenberg | Published: April 30, 2014 at 11:41 am
After his stinging first defeat on French soil, the emperor struck back at the invading allies in a last-ditch campaign

Letter From Military History - July 2014

Stephen Harding | Published: April 30, 2014 at 11:00 am
Successful military operations depend on thorough planning and fall apart under poorly reasoned assumptions

Letter From Military History - May 2014

Stephen Harding | Published: February 27, 2014 at 1:54 pm
The eyewitness accounts and images from wars past offer insight into the the hows and whys of human conflict.

Military History - May 2014 - Letters From Readers

Published: February 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm
Readers' letters in the May 2014 issue of Military History sound off about the medical innovations spawned by war, Doolittle Raider Dick Cole, the 1814 siege of Fort Erie, the myth of Soviet superiority and World War II author Rick Atkinson.

Mark I Lewis Gun: The Allies' Mobile Equalizer

Jon Guttman | Published: February 27, 2014 at 10:56 am
Designed by Americans and introduced by the British, the Lewis proved the most reliable and versatile Allied light machine gun of World War I.

Interview With Arlington National Cemetery's Patrick Hallinan

Published: February 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm
Patrick Hallinan, executive director of Arlington National Cemetery, discusses the sesquicentennial of America's most hallowed ground and plans for its future.

10 of History’s Worst Weapons

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: February 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm
From exploding bats to the Great Panjandrum, here’s our rundown of some of combat’s kookiest contraptions

Book Review: The Burning Shore, by Ed Offley

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 26, 2014 at 2:10 pm
Ed Offley reveals the German U-boat campaign along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and its steep costs for the Allies in the early months of World War II.

Book Review: Hunting Che, by Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm
Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer recall the 1967 capture and execution of infamous Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara and suggest parallels to the 2011 killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Book Review: The SS-Sonderkommando “Dirlewanger,” edited by Rolf Michaelis

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 26, 2014 at 1:44 pm
Edited by Rolf Michaelis, this memoir paints a chilling picture of the World War II German paramilitary unit SS-Sonderkommando Dirlewanger.

Book Review: Under the Eagle, by Samuel Holiday and Robert S. McPherson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: February 26, 2014 at 1:28 pm
Robert MacPherson further reveals the World War II contributions of the Navajo code talkers in this profile of Samuel Holiday.

Interview With Doolittle Raider Richard Cole

Published: December 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm
On April 18, 1942, in the northwest Pacific, aviation legend Jimmy Doolittle and copilot Dick Cole led a flight of 16 B-25B bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet bound for targets in Japan. Cole shares his memories of that historic raid.

Bloody Stalemate at Fort Erie, 1814

James W. Shosenberg | Published: December 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm
After a seesaw clash of determined enemies, neither the Americans nor the British ended up with the prize

Mil Mi-24 Hind: A Russian Gunship With Attitude

Jon Guttman | Published: December 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm
Despite is susceptibility to Stingers, the Mi-24 assault gunship packs a sting of its own and has proved an enduring war machine.

Military History - March 2014 - Letters From Readers

Published: December 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm
Readers' letters in the March 2014 issue of Military History sound off about the cost of defeat, our red herring game from the January issue, the decision to drop the atomic bomb, wartime headlines, General James Wilkinson, Loyalists in the American colonies and the AK-47.

Book Review: The Shining Sea, by George C. Daughan

HistoryNet Staff | Published: December 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm
George Daughan relates Captain David Porter's truly epic 17-month Pacific voyage on USS Essex during the War of 1812 in The Shining Sea.
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