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Cover Story
Germany’s Blunders
By Williamson Murray
In the 20th century, German military history was marked by tactical brilliance but undone by strategic incompetence.

Bayonets at Midnight
By Edward G. Lengel
Cold steel carried the day at the 1779 Battle of Stony Point.

The Last Unknown
By Robert M. Poole
How technology emptied a tomb at Arlington National Cemetery.

Portfolio: Secret Weapon, Hidden Cities
America’s rush to build the atomic bomb spawned sprawling, covert communities.

Verdun: Tale of Two Forts
By David T. Zabecki
Heroism and defeat at the fortresses of Douaumont and Vaux.

Old Soldiers Never Die
By Brendan Manley
And in the case of Henry Francisco, they keep on enlisting.




Rick Atkinson: From Reporter to Historian

What We Learned
from the Dieppe Raid

Lt. Cmdr. Gerard Roope: Honored by One’s Enemy

Hand Tool
Ancient sling


Power Tool
Reffye Mitrailleuse

Letter from Military History


Hallowed Ground
Dien Bien Phu, French Indochina

War Games

Weapons We’re Glad They Never Built
The (Noël) Coward Battalion


Military History Reader Poll:

Which military operation do you regard as the signature example in which speed and timing, rather than size or magnitude of force, was the critical factor?


“Philippe Pétain: Victor of Verdun”

“Stony Point: “Mad Anthony” Wayne’s lightning raid”

“Battlefield Blunders: Five fiascos, including Dien Bien Phu”

“Gravelotte/Saint-Privat: The mitrailleuse swept the field”

On the cover: German infantrymen observe the Siege of Warsaw, Poland, in mid-September 1939.