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What Ever Happened to the French Foreign Legion?
By Douglas Porch
Born as a temporary force of unmanageable misfits and deserters, the legion eventually earned its country’s grudging respect—but where is it now?

Buddha: Enlightened Warrior
By Richard A. Gabriel
The pacifistic mystic spent his early life learning the art of war

Soviet Women at War
By Roger Reese
Women pulled triggers and earned respect in the wartime Red Army

Portfolio: Air Raid Precautions
The British Home Office used every means—even tobacco cards—to educate the public

Marathon: Attack on the Run
By Jim Lacey
How the outnumbered Athenians surprised Persia’s army in 490 BC

From Cowardice to Courage
By David T. Zabecki
A disgrace at Bunker Hill, John Callender craved redemption


On the cover: Left to right: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland and Robert Preston on the Beau Geste (1931) movie poster. (Everett Collection)




Gideon Rose: How Wars End

What We Learned…
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Hand Tool
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Power Tool
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Hallowed Ground
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Weapons We’re Glad They Never Built
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