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Peloponnesian War: Battle of Pylos

A storm at sea set the stage for a siege, a naval battle and an island assault whose outcome astonished all of ancient Greece.

By Richard M. Berthold

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World War I: German Battleships Scuttled at Scapa Flow

For months, the once-proud battleships of the Imperial German High Seas Fleet had wallowed in the shame of abject surrender. Then, on June 21, 1919, Admiral Ludwig von Reuter signaled for a final defiant gesture.

By Mark T. Simmons

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USS Constitution: The Legendary Survivor

Often venturing into harm's way, the USS Constitution -- America's most famous sailing ship -- twice came close to oblivion -- once at the hands of a British squadron, and once at the hands of her own navy.