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No Mercy on Malta
By Justin D. Lyons
Jean de la Valette and the Knights of St. John held off an Ottoman invasion force

The Half-Cocked Cossack
By Andrew McGregor
Freebooter Nikolai Ashinov sought glory in Africa—but brought Russia humiliation

Untouchable Agent 13
By Ron Soodalter
Prominent American general James Wilkinson was also a master of treason

Dressing to Kill
Portrait photographer Rory Lewis turns his camera on uniformed British soldiers

Speaking in Tongues
By Richard Selcer
American Indian code talkers flummoxed would-be German eavesdroppers in World War  I

Faceless Enemy
By Paul X. Rutz
Seeking to avenge a Zulu massacre, Afrikaners faced seemingly impossible odds

On the cover: Ottoman commander Dragut—both a general and one of the most capable admirals of his time—lies mortally wounded by artillery fire during the 1565 Siege of Malta. PHOTO: National Museum of Fine Arts, Malta/Bridgeman Images

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