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Sparta Versus Athens

Sparta Versus Athens

By Fred Eugene Ray
The wars fought by Sparta and Athens in the fifth century bc pitted one city-state with ancient Greece’s greatest army against one boasting her most powerful fleet. Yet the Spartan and Athenian ways of war differed in far more than a simple preference for fighting on land   More »

British Raid up the Potomac

British Raid up the Potomac

By Gustav Person
In the summer of 1814, the residents of the District of Columbia and surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia had considerable cause for concern. It was the third year of the War of 1812 between the nascent United States and its former colonial ruler, Great Britain. In August,   More »

Clash of the Tyrants

Clash of the Tyrants

By Louis Ciotola
In the early 15th century, the strongest military powers in the world resided in Asia. Arguably, no two were more powerful than the Ottoman Empire of Bayezid I and the Tartar Empire of Tamerlane (Timur the Lame). During their lifetimes, both men carved out extensive realms of influence   More »

Wekusta: Weathermen of the Wehrmacht

Wekusta: Weathermen of the Wehrmacht

By William McPeak
The fundamental pillars of war—strategy and tactics— inevitably depend on an imponderable and uncontrollable factor: the weather. With the increasing sophistication of weather data gathering, analysis, and forecasting in the early 20th century, predicting the weather became an integral part of World War II. Just how integral such   More »

Island-Hopping at Tarawa

Island-Hopping at Tarawa

By John Walker
Rear Admiral Keiji Shibasaki, commander of the elite Japanese garrison entrenched on tiny Betio Island in the central Pacific Ocean, boasted in mid-1943 that his heavily fortified island redoubt could hold out “against a million Americans for a thousand years.” The United States Navy, in contrast, believed that   More »

Naval Warfare Strategies: Crossing the T

Naval Warfare Strategies: Crossing the T

In the galley era, in which ships were mainly propelled by rowing, the primary weapon was the ram. Opposing navies approached each other head-on and, once engaged, the enemy would board. Although early firearms were mounted on ships by the end of the galley era, the ships could not support cannon large enough to determine the outcome of the battle.   More »

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Queen of the Desert: The Infantry ‘Matilda’ Tank

Queen of the Desert: The Infantry ‘Matilda’ Tank

Early in World War II, the infantry ‘Matilda’ tank added weight to the Commonwealth units in North Africa.

Under 8 Flags: The Boxer Rebellion’s Unlikely Alliance

Under 8 Flags: The Boxer Rebellion’s Unlikely Alliance

This unlikely alliance saved the besieged foreign legations at Peking in 1900 during the brutal Boxer Rebellion.

Mildred Gillars (a.k.a. ‘Axis Sally’) in WWII

Mildred Gillars (a.k.a. ‘Axis Sally’) in WWII

Mildred ‘Axis Sally’ Gillars taunted U.S. troops from a radio studio in Berlin, earning nearly universal animosity from her fellow Americans.

FDR’s Dilemma: Did Politics Trump Strategy?

FDR’s Dilemma: Did Politics Trump Strategy?

In the war for the South Pacific, the politics surrounding General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral Chester Nimitz may have cost thousands of lives.

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