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Beyond Fear: Great Combat Memoirs of the 20th Century
First-person accounts that changed the way we look at war—and those on the front lines

One Way to Hell
By Stephan Wilkinson
Were assault gliders the worst idea of World War II?

First Blood, 1775
By Thomas Fleming
Redcoats and Rebels faced off in a murderous daylong street fight

Portfolio: The Smoke of War
First conceived to sell tobacco, cigarette cards became a form of military propaganda

Suez Smashup
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Egypt and Israel waged a three-year proxy war across the canal

The Last LCI
By Henry Allen
A son discovers his father’s command in the Pacific War


On the cover: Two U.S. marines fight for ground during the 1945 Battle of Okinawa. (U.S. Marine Corps/National Archives)




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The Professor of Gettysburg

Hand Tool
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Meal, Ready-to-Eat


Power Tool
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Proximity Fuze

Letter from Military History


Hallowed Ground
By David T. Zabecki
Vimy Ridge, France

War Games

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