Cover Story

‘Nor Prayers for Mercy’
By Richard Selcer
In 1876 an American reporter revealed a Muslim massacre of Christians in Ottoman Bulgaria

Last Battle on the Great Wall
By Jiaxin Du
The ancient fortification saw fighting in the lead-up to the Second Sino-Japanese War

A Yank in the SS
By Ron Soodalter
In 1944 U.S. pilot Martin Monti stole a reconnaissance plane and defected to the reeling Nazi cause—but why?

Maori Martial Arts
By Jon Guttman
New Zealand’s early Polynesians took pride in their warrior culture

Over by Christmas?
By James Simms
New weapons and tactics put the lie to estimates of an early end to World War I

Prelude to Revolution
By John Bertrand
In 1774 a British earl took credit for an Indian war he didn’t fight, earning Virginia militiamen’s ire

On the cover: Painter Samuel King (1749–1819) rendered this oil on canvas portrait of Continental Army commander General George Washington from life. PHOTO: Bridgeman Images

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Congressman Charles Rangel

By Chuck Lyons
Remarkable Exploits

What We Learned From…
By James Byrne
The Battle of Franklin, 1864

By Jon Guttman
Type 94 Infantry Mortar


Hallowed Ground
By William John Shepherd
Fort Necessity National Battlefield

War Games

War’s Unexpected Images

In the Archives
French and Indian War: Brigadier General John Forbes’ Expedition
By James P. Myers
In 1758, late in the French and Indian War, British Brig. Gen. John Forbes marched on the Forks of the Ohio

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