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Military History Articles

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.

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9 Essential Facts About the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Read up on the surprise military strike that catapulted America into WWII.

Test of the Torpedoes: The Battle of Tassafaronga

This WWII battle has been called one of the worst naval defeats in U.S. history.

7 Remarkable War Memorials in England

These striking monuments pay tribute to those who served.

The Sherwood Rangers Were the First British Troops to Invade Nazi Germany

This light cavalry regiment spearheaded the Normandy landings and the Allied invasion of Germany.

8 Exciting New History Books to Dive Into

Check out the books everyone’s been buzzing about.

[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: Win a Bundle of Illuminating WWII Books by James Holland

We're giving away 7 essential James Holland books—including his latest release.

7 Sieges That Lasted Way Too Long

These years-long conflicts were grueling for everyone involved.

A Soldier’s Story: 20 War Books Told by Those Who Were There

We’re honoring America’s heroes with books that reveal what it's like to be in war.

8 Military Strategy Books That Analyze Warfare Across the Globe

Dissecting the tactics that have shaped some of the world's most famous conflicts.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell Has Died at Age 84

He was the first Black man to hold the position, amid a long and impactful career as a soldier and statesman.

The First Battle of the Marne Reset Expectations for World War I

The Allies went from a panicked retreat to a surprising triumph.

A British Woman Was Convicted Under a Witchcraft Law During WWII

Helen Duncan claimed she had learned classified military information through her psychic powers.

Battle of Ia Drang: The United States Army’s Brutal Entry into the Vietnam War

In the wake of Joseph L. Galloway’s death, we’re revisiting his iconic book on the conflict, We Were Soldiers Once...and Young.

The Unparalleled Courage of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team

This combined unit is the most decorated for its size in U.S. military history.

A Controversial Attack on Mers-el-Kébir Heightened WWII Tensions

The French fleet posed a difficult problem for British officials.