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. More »
A confident Spanish army invaded France in May 1643 to take advantage of Louis XIV’s extreme youth. It hardly expected to meet an army led by as gifted a commander as the Duke of Enghien on the high ground outside of Rocroi. More »
A Swedish-led Protestant army marched to the rescue of Nordlinger. But first it would have to pry the Catholic enemy from heights above the city. More »
While musket volley fire was used often during 17th and 18th-century warfare, the methods of delivery of that firepower frequently diverged. More »
The red-coated English infantry at Dunkirk ironically held the balance of power between two French political factions in the seemingly endless Wars of the Fronde. More »
In the summer of 1675, Swedish troops led by Marshal Karl Wrangel invaded the German principality of Brandenburg. More »
Only a supremely foolish commander would set his army splashing across a river in full view of the enemy. The Duke of Marlborough was no one’s fool. More »
With the help of Catholic mercenaries on both sides, the fate of the English crown would be decided on the marshy banks of the Boyne River. More »
Because of the calamity that had befallen his family during the Thirty Years War, Prince Rupert would lead a life of exile and master the art of war. More »
From the Colmar to the Rhine, Sergeant Carl Erickson fought World War II as a tank driver with the 12th Armored Division.
Pressured to pry General Joseph E. Johnston from Kennesaw Mountain in June 1864, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman suffered a bloody repulse.
During WWII, the unique civilian organization did much to boost the morale of soldiers at home and abroad.