Turkish troops made repeated attempts to recapture vital Shipka Pass through the Balkan Mountains. The five-day fight for the 4,500-foot-high pass would be the turning point of the Russo-Turkish War. More »
German and Romanian forces at Stalingrad failed to stem the tide of the resurgent Soviet Red Army. More »
When Hitler invaded Russia in 1941, he expected a swift victory. At Stalingrad his troops ran headlong into Russias best commander: General Winter. More »
The execution of Marshal Georgi Zhukov’s master plan for Operation Uranus trapped the German 6th Army in Stalingrad. More »
Obscure compared to its French model, the Spanish Foreign Legion fought just as hard, but was notorious for treating civilians and prisoners the same as combatants. More »
During the Greco-Italian War, Benito Mussolini’s fascist army hungered for an easy conquest in Greece, but got more than it bargained for. More »
The versatile, quick-firing M60 machine gun became one of the iconic weapons of the Vietnam War. More »
During the Battle of Vienna, Count Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg was outnumbered 5 to 1 against a sea of Turkish soldiers, led by the swarthy Kara Mustafa. More »
The Industrial Age combined with American ingenuity to form special units during the Civil War. Horse artillery, sharpshooters, sappers, and miners were used for specialized duties during the war.
Led by the impetuous General Nathaniel Lyon, Union forces pursued retreating Confederates across southwestern Missouri in the summer of 1861. At Wilson’s Creek, Lyon caught up with the enemy on aptly named Bloody Hill.