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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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    Dodging a Bullet: The Indian Rebellion

    The Indian Rebellion of 1857 was doomed to fail, but the religious and cultural tensions it inflamed would ultimately topple the British raj. On May 9, 1857, some 4,000 British soldiers and sepoys—native Indian troops—formed a...

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    Cold War in Corfu

    Was a British Royal Navy flotilla making an ‘innocent passage’ or provoking a paranoid Albanian dictator in late October 1946. The waters of the world are perhaps its greatest museum, their depths concealing drowned cities, submerged...

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    Last Stand at Ely

    After the 1066 Norman conquest an alliance of English rebels held out on the swamp-ringed isle of Ely— but William would not be denied. On Oct. 14, 1066, the Norman- French army defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings. Harold II,...

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    Wallowing in Courage: 6th U.S. Cavalry

    6th U.S. Cavalry Medals of Honor Washita River, Texas September 12, 1874 During the Red River War, Colonel Nelson A. Miles, commanding a U.S. Army column against renegade Indians in the Texas Panhandle, sent four enlisted men—Sergeant...

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    What We Learned from Coral Sea, 1942

    Following their Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese military forces swept through the western Pacific at a shocking pace. Their strategic objective was to control the region from the Aleutian Islands south to Australia. By early...

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    Hallowed Ground: Warsaw Ghetto, Poland

    “The Jewish Quarter of Warsaw Is No More.” That was the bombastic title of the May 1943 official report submitted to führer force that liquidated the Warsaw Ghetto. The 75-page Reichsführer-SS Jürgen Stroop, commander of the German...

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    Treachery in Tripoli

    When Muslim Mamluk Egypt targeted this crusader state in 1289, the Christian were too busy infighting to heed. It is 1289, in the waning years of the Christian Crusader states in the Middle East. The preeminent Muslim power of the...

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    The Poets of Hell

    These few Englishmen described the brutal realities of the trenches, not as effete observers but as participants, fellow men-at-arms in the Great War. In April 1917 British army 2nd Lt. Wilfred Owen of the 5th Battalion, Manchester...

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    Bankrolling the French

    In 1938 a shadowy group of Frenchmen approached treasury secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr. about purchasing U.S. combat aircraft. Following its enactment in March 1941 the Lend-Lease Program provided American war materiel to Allied nations...

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    Rush to Disaster: Task Force Smith

    Sent to delay the North Korean communist wave at the outset of the Korean War, Task Force Smith became an object lesson in military hubris. There should be, somewhere in the annals of American military history, a compendium of battlefield...

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    What We Learned from Manila Bay, 1898

    In 1890 naval strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan wrote, “When the opportunities for gain abroad are understood, the course of American enterprise will cleave a channel by which to reach them.” In the late 19th century, explained Mahan, the...

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    The Highest Recognition: Private Johnson Beharry

    Private Johnson Beharry British Army Victoria Cross Al ‘Ama¯rah, Iraq May 1 and June 11, 2004 “Some days you the bug, some days you the windshield,” was the way Caribbean-born British army Private Johnson Beharry put it. In Iraq he...

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    Hallowed Ground: Wereth, Belgium

    In December 1944 German forces surged through the Ardennes region of Belgium, France and Luxembourg in what was to be their penultimate major offensive against the Allies in Western Europe. Adolf Hitler masterminded Rhein (Operation Watch...

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    Mexico’s Irish Army

    Seeking to escape ignoble lives in their homeland, Irishmen of the Saint Patrick’s Battalion risked the hangman’s rope to fight in the Mexican War. On the morning of Sept. 10, 1847, as dawn broke over the Mexican village of San Ángel,...

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    Alvin York: Hero of the Argonne

    In northern France in 1918 this humble American rifleman from rural Tennessee set aside his boyhood ideals to wage a one-man battle. U.S. Army Corporal Alvin C. York gained hero status—becoming one of the most acclaimed American soldiers...

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    Taking Crimea… Again

    Armies from antiquity to the present day have wrangled over this patch of ground in the Black Sea but why? The three key principles of the real estate business, the saying goes, are “location, location, location.” The style of a home,...