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Cover Story
The Culture of Cruelty
By Mark Felton
Before and during World War II, Japanese forces murdered millions of civilians and prisoners of war. Why?

10 Battles That Shaped America
By Thomas Fleming
The United States is the product of both triumph and tragedy

The Great Greek Turncoat
By David T. Zabecki
Alcibiades fought for all sides in the Peloponnesian War

Portfolio: Playing at War
From toy soldiers to pedal-power fighters, a look at war through a child’s eye

One Revolution, Two Wars
By Thomas B. Allen
Redcoats weren’t the only enemies of American independence

Scientists at Arms
By Richard Conniff
A few modern-day warriors have furthered science and saved lives


On the cover: A Japanese soldier poses for the camera, his bayonet at the ready, 1944. (Popperfoto/Getty Images)




Lin Ezell: On Running the National Museum of the Marine Corps

What We Learned…
By Wade G. Dudley
from the Tet Offensive

By Stephen Harding
Hugh Barr Miller Jr.: One-Man War on Arundel

Hand Tool
By Jon Guttman
M-1943 Entrenching Tool


Power Tool
By Jon Guttman
Brown Bess Musket

Letter from Military History


Hallowed Ground
By Ron Soodalter
Cold Harbor, Virginia

War Games

Weapons We’re Glad They Never Built
By Rick Meyerowitz
Weapons of the Gods, Part II


Military History Reader Poll:

Were the Japanese atrocities of World War II—and the rationale behind them—worse than those of their German and Soviet contemporaries?


Pacific POW: An American survivor’s horrific story

Olympian Fire: George Dewey’s 1898 victory at Manila Bay, the Philippines

Folly and Horror: The brutal 1864 Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia

Stand or Die: Walton Walker’s 1950 defense of Pusan, Korea

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