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Cover Story
The Throwback War
By Robert M. Citino
Though fought with modern weaponry, the 1980–88 Iran-Iraq War—with its human-wave attacks, poison gas and mass casualties—resembled nothing so much as World War I

Put to the Sword
By Karen Kostyal
Britain’s Banastre Tarleton struck fear into Colonial America

Portfolio: Navy Blue
Photographer Edward Steichen and his men shot America’s Pacific War in color

First Black Colonel
By Fred L. Borch
Charles Young made a career of breaking down the Army’s barriers

Bloodlands: Damascus
By Richard A. Gabriel
The Syrian capital is no stranger to war, death and destruction

Lithuania vs. U.S.S.R.
By Edward G. Lengel
For anti-Soviet Lithuanians, World War II didn’t end in 1945

On the cover: An Iraqi soldier watches as the Iranian Abadan oil refinery burns in 1980, early in the Iran-Iraq War. (© Henri Bureau/Sygma/Corbis)

Society of the Cincinnati, Superhuman Nazis

Caesar’s Murder Site, Antietam Sesquicentennial

Robert Sullivan: In the Footsteps of Revolution

By Chuck Lyons
Humanity at Sea

What We Learned…
By Anthony Brandt
From Gallipoli

By Edward G. Lengel
Introducing Poison Gas

Hand Tool
By Jon Guttman
Punji Stakes

Power Tool
By Jon Guttman
M29 Davy Crockett

Letter From Military History


Hallowed Ground
By Joe Glickman
Monmouth, New Jersey

War Games

General Disorder
By Rick Meyerowitz
Guy de Lusignan and the Battle of Hattin


Military History Reader Poll:

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McDonnell F-4 Phantom: Middle East workhorse

Buffalo Soldiers in Utah: Charles Young was one

Francis Marion Foils the British: Evades Tarleton

Worst Battlefield Blunders: Gallipoli et al.