Published: September 03, 2008 at 5:56 pm
Military History Quarterly's new editor, William H. Horne, writes about World War II's East Front, Apache chief Victorio, black troops at New Market Heights, and the trustworthiness of ancient writers' statistics.
Published: August 26, 2008 at 11:34 am
If Harald Sigurdsson, called Harald Hardrada, had triumphed over King Harold at Stamford Bridge, how might the history of England been altered? An online discussion.
Published: August 26, 2008 at 10:23 am
Just weeks before his watershed fight with the Normans at Hastings, English King Harold II faced a full-blown Viking invasion led by the legendary Harald Hardrada at Stamford Bridge.
Published: March 18, 2008 at 7:31 pm
The towns of Boston, England, and Boston, Massachusetts both owe their name to a seventh-century cleric, St. Botolph.
Published: December 26, 2007 at 3:27 pm
At the Hydaspes, Alexander the Great faced a forced river crossing opposed by a strong enemy. The methods he employed to defeat Porus' army and open the road to India are still viable over 2,000 years later.
Published: December 20, 2007 at 3:54 pm
The magnificent castles of North Wales were meant to inspire terror and awe and to help Edward Longshanks unify Britain.
Published: November 16, 2007 at 11:23 am
The mistakes made by the Roman commander Marcus Licinius Crassus against the Parthians at the Battle of Carrhae present object lessons for today.
Published: November 16, 2007 at 11:21 am
Marcus Vipsanius Aggripa's innovative tactics gave Octavian's Roman fleet a victory over Marc Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium. Rome was the dominant naval power in the Mediterranean for four centuries.
Published: October 02, 2007 at 9:55 am
Although it was fought in the East, Emperor Valens' defeat at the Battle of Adrianople had its most direct effect on the affairs of Rome's western provinces. A Roman historian wrote, “No battle in our history except Cannae involved such a massacre.”
Published: September 17, 2007 at 3:37 pm
On Sept. 30, 331 BC, the fate of the Greek and Persian empires was decided on a plain 70 miles north of present-day Irbil, Iraq. Alexander the Great faced King Darius III, also called Darius Codomanus, in battle near the hamlet of Gaugamela.
Published: July 30, 2007 at 10:22 am
History's first great artillery barrage, in 1453, allowed Mehmed to capture Constantinople when all previous Ottoman attempts had failed. Ironically, his cannon were created by a Hungarian named Orban who had once been employed to defend the city.
Published: June 08, 2007 at 10:32 am
Scipio Africanus learned the art of war in the hardest and bloodiest of all forums—on the battlefield against Hannibal. At Zama, he applied his lessons, giving Rome victory in the Second Punic War.
Published: May 17, 2007 at 3:53 pm
Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, was also a truly great general. In the space of a single decade he fought eight major battles, led eighteen raids, and planned another thirty-eight military operations.
Published: May 17, 2007 at 3:52 pm
Caesar completely misread the situation in Gaul in 52 BC, leading to a military crisis. He overcame this failure through his own talent as a commander, the skill of his army, and a good deal of luck.
Published: May 03, 2007 at 11:33 am
Surrounded by some of England’s most beautiful scenery, the town of Dorchester is a pleasant step back in time.
Published: May 03, 2007 at 10:46 am
The transition from a citizen’s army to a very nearly mercenary one did not go smoothly. To many Romans, the same barbarians so admired for their military prowess were also the enemy.