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Tightrope Walker
By John Koster
At the close of World War II the long-range German sub U-853 played a deadly cat and mouse with American warship

Game of Thrones
By Richard Selcer
Though saddled with a rather prosaic moniker, the “Potato War” brought to bear some of Europe’s diplomatic big guns

Almost Victory
By Richard W. Harrison
Aleksey Brusilov had planned to bring an early end to World War I—but the failure of his offensive cost Russia dearly

Showdown on the Rio Grande
By David A. Norris
When Congress declared war on Mexico in 1846, Americans had already won two battles

Signed, Sealed, Delivered
By David Lauterborn
What compels us to scrawl “drop dead” missives on outbound lethal missiles?

Scourge of the Gallowglass
By Ron Soodalter
These sturdy sons of Scottish clansmen and Norse raiders dominated warfare in Ireland

On the Cover: During the 1939–45 Battle of the Atlantic Allied warships scoured the sea for German U-boats. PHOTO: AKG-Images/Ullstein Bild

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