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Cover Story
7 Most Daring Raids
By Stephan Wilkinson
Among the riskiest of military operations, raids behind enemy lines can achieve memorable victories or result in utter catastrophe.

Olympian Fire
By Wade G. Dudley
Commodore George Dewey’s victory at Manila Bay helped create the modern Navy.

Amphibious Pharaoh
By Richard A. Gabriel
Egypt’s Thutmose III crossed the seas to surprise his enemies.

German vs. German at Yorktown
By David T. Zabecki
Foreigners fought on both sides of the Revolution’s decisive battle.

Portfolio: Fall of the Wall
Two decades ago, Berliners surged through the gates of their despised Cold War wall.

To the Brink in Cuba, 1873
By Ron Soodalter
How Spain’s seizure of an American vessel almost sparked a war.




Dale Dye: On Point in Hollywood

What We Learned
from the Battle of Salamis

Captain Maurice Britt: Five Months, Four Awards

Hand Tool


Power Tool
Colt 1851 Navy Revolver

Letter from Military History


Hallowed Ground
Manassas, Virginia

War Games

Weapons We’re Glad They Never Built
Ben’s Brit Blaster


Military History Reader Poll:

The rise of which new naval power—Japan or the United States—most surprised or concerned the established European powers at the turn of the 20th century?


“Spanish-American War: Battle of Manila Bay”

“Yorktown Eyewitness: Letters from Wilhelm Graf von Schwerin”

“Greco-Persian Wars: Xerxes’ Invasion”

“Berlin Wall: Reagan’s ‘Tear down this wall!’ speech”

On the cover: In January 1945, volunteers of 6th Ranger Battalion stormed the Japanese prison camp at Cabanatuan on Luzon to free more than 500 U.S. POWs