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Cover Story
Making the Rules
By Everett L. Wheeler
From ancient origins the informal rules of war have developed into a complex code designed to curb man’s lawless violence. But does it work?

Penicillin: Wonder Drug of World War II
By Richard Conniff
How mold in a petri dish became the soldiers’ lifesaver

Grenada, 1983: Small Island, Big Lessons
By Sharon Tosi Lacey
A brief Caribbean clash led to the remaking of the U.S. military

Portfolio: Code of Conduct
Patriotic posters told U.S. service members how to behave in combat and captivity

Rome Ravaged
By Anthony Brandt
In 1527 the Eternal City learned what happens if armies run amok

The Making of General Winfield Scott
By Ron Soodalter
War, court-martial and his own acid tongue could not defeat him

On the cover: Japanese officer Yasuno Chikao prepares to execute Australian POW Sergeant Leonard Siffleet on Oct. 24, 1943. (Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Chia Tank, Frozen Chosin

Gettysburg Sesquicentennial, Fight for Richard III’s Remains

Geoffrey Parker: Climate and Wars

By Chuck Lyons
Breaking Into Hell

What We Learned…
By Joseph F. Callo
From the Battle of Taranto

By Edward G. Lengel
Polk’s Mexican War

Hand Tool
By Jon Guttman
Studebaker Wagon

Power Tool
By Jon Guttman
Elco PT Boat

Weider Reader
Excerpts From Our Sister Publications

Letter From Military History


Hallowed Ground
By David T. Zabecki
Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

War Games

General Disorder
By Rick Meyerowitz
Antonio López de Santa Anna


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