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Cover Story
10 Great POW Escapes
By Stephan Wilkinson
Capture is an occupational hazard for soldiers, and escape is a prisoner of war’s duty—and some pull it off in spectacular style

Tripoli Pirates Foiled
By Anthony Brandt
When corsairs demanded gold, Thomas Jefferson sent warships

Portfolio: The German War Machine
A little-known trove of images offers a fresh look at Kaiser Wilhelm’s military forces

In the Cause of Human Freedom
By David T. Zabecki
Tadeusz Kosciuszko fought for liberty in Poland and America

Pancho Villa’s War (Movie)
By Allen Barra
In 1914 a young American director went to Mexico to film a revolution

Hannibal’s Big Mistake
By Richard A. Gabriel
The Carthaginian bested Rome’s armies—and still lost the war


On the cover: Bud Ekins, stunt double for Steve McQueen, jumps a fence by motorcycle in the 1963 film The Great Escape. (The Everett Collection)


A Memory of George Marshall

Unearthing Acre, Restoring Nelson’s HMS Victory

Douglas Waller: The OSS and “Wild Bill” Donovan

What We Learned…
By Eric Ethier
from the Battle of Veracruz

By Chuck Lyons
Arthur Aaron: Hero at the Controls

By Edward G. Lengel
Hitler’s Halt Order


Hand Tool
By Jon Guttman
Stahlhelm Model 1916

Power Tool
By Jon Guttman
Exocet Antiship Missile

Letter from Military History


Hallowed Ground
By Jim Lacey
Bosworth Field, England

War Games

Weapons We’re Glad They Never Built
By Rick Meyerowitz
The Polish Carouselvalry


Military History Reader Poll:

The United States was an upstart nation in 1801 when it waged war against the Barbary pirates. With the United States now the foremost world power, should it take the fight to today’s Somali pirates?


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Mexican Revolution: Villa vs. Obregon at Celaya

USS Constitution: Legendary survivor of the Barbary Wars

MacArthur’s History Project: Judging the postwar records