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Cover Story
The Great War in Color
In 1903 France’s Lumière brothers patented a method that used potato starch to capture color images on glass plates. In 1914 enterprising French and German photographers took the technology to war

‘Hail Mary’ in Holland
By John C. McManus
A bold amphibious assault during Operation Market Garden

Father of the Fortress
By James Falkner
French military engineer Marshal Vauban defined the modern fortress

Europe’s Powder Keg
By Michael S. Neiberg
Balkan nations took on the Turks and sparked World War I

Bloodlands: Rome
By Richard A. Gabriel
The history of the “Eternal City” is a tale of nearly constant war

Zhukov: What Made Him Great?
By Roger Reese
A master of warfare, he also understood the pitfalls of Kremlin politics

On the cover: Belgian soldiers guard a bridge in the Rhineland demilitarized zone in a 1921 Autochrome. (© Galerie Bilderwelt/The Bridgeman Art Library)

Upton, Mahan and the Importance of Oil

Spitfire Spat, Navy Commemorates 1812

Andrew J. Bacevich: 20th Century War Reconsidered

By David T. Zabecki
Finding the Lost Battalion

What We Learned…
By Anthony Brandt
from Canada (1775)

By Edward G. Lengel
To Cross the River

Hand Tool
By Jon Guttman
M18A1 Claymore Mine

Power Tool
By Jon Guttman
Bofors 40mm L/60 Anti-aircraft Gun

Letter from Military History


Hallowed Ground
By Patrick Mercer
Balaklava, Ukraine

War Games

Weapons We’re Glad They Never Built
By Rick Meyerowitz
Leonardo’s Weapons of Mass Destruction


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Market Garden: History’s greatest airborne assault

Gothic War: Belisarius retakes Rome

Benedict Arnold: Path from Saratoga to traitor

Battle of Khalkhin Gol: Soviet and Japanese forces clash