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  • Forlorn Victory

    The 1917 Battle of Passchendaele was a three-month slog through mud, blood, guts, rats and raining death. The history of warfare is rife with accounts of battles that took a...

  • Conversation Piece: Faulty Tower

    n one of those ironic twists of history, a monument erected to honor Confederate troops who fought at the December 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg somehow now bears the name of a...

  • Weapons Check | MG 42

    Few firearms in history have achieved the notoriety of the Maschinengewehr 42, a general-purpose machine gun designed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Wehrmacht and the...

  • Brown Water Admiral

    Hard-charging Elmo Zumwalt’s Operation Sealords blasted the Viet Cong out of the waters of the Mekong Delta. Cigar-chomping Army Gen. Creighton Abrams slammed the table...

  • Experience | On the Trail of the Indians

    “I was soon alongside of the chap who had wounded me. Raising myself in the strirrups, I shot him through the head.” Years before he would be known to millions of Americans...

  • Media Digest | Unknown Soldiers of the Vietnam War

    Did the Republic of Vietnam deserve to lose the war? That certainly seems to be the major theme presented by the U.S. media’s war coverage: South Vietnam’s government wasn’t...

  • Fighting ‘Too Fast’: The Texas Brigade paid a high price at Sharpsburg for its fighting...

    Military historian and Civil War Times advisory board member Susannah J. Ural’s new book, Hood’s Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confederacy’s Most...

  • The Darkest Valley: American Paratroopers in Italy

    Scattered, lost, and underequipped behind enemy lines in Italy, American paratroopers resorted to what they did best—wreaking havoc...