A much-feared hand-held weapon, the crossbow was once banned by the Catholic Church. But its origins are found in ancient China. Read more inside. More »
Tested and tempered in the fires of the Crusades, the heavily armored Knights of the Teutonic Order faced ragtag Russian forces at Lake Peipus. More »
In the 11th century, Crusaders battled the Seljuq Turks at the Siege of Antioch, the final obstacle on their path into Jerusalem. More »
Deceit, ambition, pride, honor, bravery—all played their parts in 1187, with Jerusalem and the Holy Land at stake. More »
Perhaps the most interesting warriors to emerge from the First Crusade were the mounted ghulams, or “slave soldiers,” of the Seljuq Turks. Read more inside. More »
This unlikely alliance saved the besieged foreign legations at Peking in 1900 during the brutal Boxer Rebellion.
Mildred ‘Axis Sally’ Gillars taunted U.S. troops from a radio studio in Berlin, earning nearly universal animosity from her fellow Americans.
In the war for the South Pacific, the politics surrounding General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral Chester Nimitz may have cost thousands of lives.