There’s no way around it; history has been shaped by the outcome of innumerable wars and battles fought over everything from religion to territorial disputes to outright revenge over a perceived injustice. Learning about these conflicts is vital to understanding the world we live in today.
Our military coverage spans the ancient world through the Cold War. Discover epic medieval clashes, or fierce battles that caused entire ancient civilizations to crumble. Examine the political intricacies of sprawling conflicts like the Seven Years’ War or the War of Spanish Succession. Explore the devastation of the World Wars, or the fresh conflicts they left in their wake.
There’s also the fascinating evolution of weapons from the Stone Age through the nuclear arms race, as well as the changing military theories and strategies (or lack thereof) powering key decisions. Or you can discover a unique study of how contagious diseases have impacted the outcome of every war in America’s history, from skirmishes with Native Americans to 20th-century biological warfare.
True stories about the people who fought these conflicts put a human face to the cost of war. You can learn about the Soviet Union’s Night Witches (an all-female regiment of fighter pilots), discover the Mapuche people’s centuries-long military resistance against the Spanish conquistadors, or read war books written by those who were actually there. Whatever draws you into military history, we’re exploring every angle of the conflicts that caused empires to rise and fall, reshaping our world in the process.
The pressure was imminent. But the plans were hardly bulletproof.
Uncover iconic illustrations that helped fuel national opinion during World War II.
The much-maligned birds were some of the most important combatants in World War I and II.
That iconic, terrifying sound wasn't necessary to the functioning of an airplane.
These dynamic critiques, vivid memoirs, and clearsighted military histories illuminate the Forgotten War.
Christian Europe teamed up to prevent the Ottoman empire's expansion through Vienna.
The German army may not have been surprised by an attack, but the Allied forces had a few tricks ready to go.
St Albans Raid was one of the most controversial events in the Civil War.
Trace the history of America's national day of remembrance.
Not only could the U-505 not sink other boats, its crew couldn't even sink the submarine themselves.
Turns out discipline and intense planning lend themselves equally well to army life and grand larceny.
This tiny scout helicopter, made of plexiglass and metal, was part of a key "hunter-killer" team.
These six soldiers were part of an 1863 project to speak to remaining Revolutionary War veterans.
Rediscover the specialities of the Army and the Marine Corps.
There's a good reason the old battleships are gone.
How familiar are you with Operation Bodyguard?
Even the 'Desert Fox' couldn't escape Hitler's wrath.
Army Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins made the ultimate sacrifice to save his fellow troops.
More than 70 years after his death, the great general's legacy lives on.
Change your perspective with these books about the Second Persian Gulf War.