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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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    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...

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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...