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Battlefield Blunders
By Stephan Wilkinson
In the history of war, tactical missteps can separate conquering hero from blundering loser. Our “bottom five” span from Adwa to the Little Bighorn

Portfolio: La Libération!
Souvenir snapshots recall the joyful August 1944 Liberation of Paris

The Guns of Constantinople
By Roger Crowley
The 1453 artillery siege of Constantinople changed the face of war

Children at War
By P.W. Singer
Modern warfare has witnessed the increased use of child soldiers

The Battle of Quebec
By Mitchell MacNaylor
A three-month 1759 siege ended in an hour of fierce combat

The Incas’ Great Rebellion
By Kim MacQuarrie
The 1536 uprising punctuated a long, bloody conquest

Letters From Readers


Bob Ballard: Cold War officer, high-tech guru

What We Learned…
from the Battle of Trafalgar

Illusions and myths of the American Revolution

Power Tool/Hand Tool
Stirrup and lance / Whithead torpedo

Letter From Military History


Hallowed Ground
Marble Mountain, Vietnam

War Games

Weapons We’re Glad They Never Built
The Bonaparte Marque I


Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar

Invasion of Canada During the American Revolution

1954 Battle of Dien Bien Phu


Of the numerous tactical blunders in the history of warfare, which do you consider the most avoidable and, therefore, most inexcusable?