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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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A Mistranslated Peace Treaty Led to the Brutal First Italo-Ethiopian War

What started out as a miscommunication escalated to full-scale conflict.

A Muddle in Italy Netted the Allied Forces a Tarnished Win at the Battle of Anzio

After months of conflict, Allied forces forced German troops to retreat from Rome on June 5, 1944.

11 Revealing Revolutionary War Books

These riveting reads offer fresh insight into America's fight for independence.

The Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

This minor battle led to major strategic victory for the rebelling colonists in the first months of the Revolutionary War.

Discover 7 of the Longest Wars in History

These military engagements dragged on for centuries.

The War of Spanish Succession Subsumed an Entire Continent

The balance of power in Europe was at stake throughout the 13-year conflict.

10 Most Influential World War II Battles

These military conflicts affected the outcome of the war—and some even changed the face of warfare forever.

Schoolteacher Louise Thuliez Became a Key Resistance Fighter in 2 World Wars

Driven to help, Louise Thuliez aided underground networks in France despite facing an all-too-real threat of execution.

10 Everyday Objects that Doubled as Real Spy Gadgets

These historical gadgets could be smuggled right under the enemy's nose.

10 Ancient Battles That Shook Civilizations

From brilliant victories to unpredictable military upsets, these conflicts stunned the ancient world.

What was Life Like Under German Occupation of the British Channel Islands?

Once a forbidden subject, recent years have begun to bring details of a dark time to light.

The Strange Connection Between the Nuclear Bomb, Bikinis, and Godzilla

Real devastation, fictional monsters, and a swimsuit all collided in the Pacific Ocean.

The Mapuche People's Centuries-Long Resistance Against the Spanish

This indigenous tribe refused to succumb to imperialist rule.