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Cover Story
America’s Finest General
By Kevin Baker
George C. Marshall slogged through the ranks but ultimately earned a generalship, five stars, Allied victory in World War II and a president’s trust

Crimean Fiasco: Battle of the Alma
By Orlando Figes
The epic 1854 contest between stupidity and incompetence

Massacre & Retribution
By Ron Soodalter
By joining in British attacks on Patriots, the Iroquois sealed their fate

‘Colonial School’ Warfare
By Douglas Porch
Counterinsurgency doctrine has its roots in European imperialism

What Lady Butler Knew
By Philip Beidler
The Victorian-era painter depicted soldiers with striking empathy

Wild Irish Geese
By Dennis Showalter
For centuries Irish soldiers marched to war around the globe


On the cover: General Dwight Eisenhower and Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall share a rare moment of wartime levity in late 1944. (Courtesy Dwight D. Eisenhower Library)




James Delgado: Diving for Maritime History

What We Learned…
By H.R. McMaster
from the 73 Easting, Iraq

By Jon Guttman
William Koelpin: Ambush on the Washita

By Edward G. Lengel
Lionheart’s Crossroads


Hand Tool
By Jon Guttman

Power Tool
By Jon Guttman
Mark I Gun Carrier

Letter from Military History


Hallowed Ground
By David T. Zabecki
The Reichswald, Germany

War Games

Weapons We’re Glad They Never Built
By Rick Meyerowitz
The Flying Sausages of Death


Military History Reader Poll:

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Iroquois vs. Iroquois: Niagara frontier in the War of 1812

The Irish Brigade: Wild Geese fight the Civil War

Battle of the Alma River: Crimean War blow by blow

Persian Gulf War: U.S. Marines’ minefield assault