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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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Thrilling Military Must-Reads That Cover Historical and Modern Conflict

These military books will take you back to some of the most thrilling combat zones throughout history.

These Essential Authors Were Shaped By Their Time in War

Time on or near the front lines shaped these authors' lives and work.

The 5 Most Humiliating Defeats In Military History

Superior numbers sometimes just mean a chance at superior embarrassment.

The Unbelievable Tales of History’s Most Unlikely Victories

These three battles shaped the fate of the world—especially because their results were so shocking.

2020’s Best Biographies Spanned Centuries and Explored Vital Figures

This year's finest biographies brought fresh insight to previously trodden lives and uncovered those that history has forgotten.

9 Intriguing Facts about the Boston Tea Party

Every American knows about the tossed tea that sparked a revolution—but there's more to this story than what you learned in third grade.

Mitsuo Fuchida's Fascinating Life Story Winds From Pearl Harbor to the Pulpit

Once one of America's most noted enemies, Fuchida converted to Christianity in later years and spent decades preaching across the United States.

The Greatest History (and Beyond) Books for Dads of All Types

Dad's always gifted three copies of the latest history bestseller? Try these recommendations to find him something new.

A Canadian Officer Rescued the Real Winnie-the-Pooh

The beloved children’s book character was based on a real-life black bear cub.

The Strange, Centuries-Long History of Ski Troops

From 1200 to 2020, soldiers in the Northern reaches of Europe have strapped on uniforms, guns ... and skis.

Beyond Pearl Harbor: 5 Times the U.S. Was Attacked at Home During WWII

World War II extended beyond Europe, northern Africa, and the Pacific Theater...

10 Must-Read Books About the Crusades

The Crusades, although the most defining conflicts of the medieval era, are often misunderstood. These books illuminate their true nature.

Jewish Resistance Fighters Pulled Off the Largest Prison Escape of WWII

In October 1943, 300 Jewish prisoners escaped the heavily guarded walls of the Sobibor extermination camp.

12 Thrilling Military Documentaries on Netflix and More

These documentaries provide insight into the political and daily realities of war.

WWI Nurse Edith Cavell Sacrificed Her Life to Save Hundreds of Soldiers

On October 12, 1915, Cavell was executed for her part in helping over 200 Allied soldiers escape Belgium.