The French had made a brilliant move, but Admiral Nelson discovered a means that might bring it all to naught. More »
Bonaparte’s road to glory began in 1796 with a two-week campaign in Italy that announced his arrival on the European stage. More »
Finding the Somosierra pass blocked by Spanish batteries, Napoleon ordered his Polish light horse to punch through the resistance. More »
Napoleon won a great victory at Dresden, but many historians believe his sudden illness—uncontrollable diarrhea and vomiting—prevented him from organizing an effective pursuit of the retreating Allied army. It underscores the fact that the emperor was plagued with bouts of ill health during the last decade of his life. More »
While Marshal Gouvion Saint-Cyr held off the Allies at Dresden, Napoleon force-marched three corps to the rescue. The next day, the emperor counterattacked. It would prove to be his last significant triumph. More »
The fabled Scottish Highlanders, including the 42nd, 79th and 92nd Regiments, marched into battle at Quatre Bras and Waterloo behind beating drums and shrieking bagpipes, shouting their fierce war cry, “Scotland forever!” More »
Grenades evolved from the Middle Ages into the modern era, giving soldiers an easily delivered and effective close-range weapon. More »
French Admiral Louis Villeret de Joyous was escorting a convoy when he was intercepted by British Admiral Richard Howe off the coast of Brittany. More »
Helmuth von Moltke’s complex strategy to defeat the Austrian Army required to Prussian princes to adhere to its principles to ensure its success. More »
During WWII, the unique civilian organization did much to boost the morale of soldiers at home and abroad.
Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, benefited from the firsthand observation of spies on Oahu.