History | War History

Battle of Saragarhi: 21 Sikhs vs. 10,000 Afghan Rebels

Samantha Franco
Sikh officers standing together in a makeshift camp

Between two British forts on the Samana Range stood a signaling outpost. It was operated by a small crew and became the target of a…

Dogs, Emus and Cows – Oh My! Ridiculous Wars Fought Throughout History

Elisabeth Edwards
Dog lying down outside + Close-up of an emu + Cow standing in mud

War has long been a costly approach to conflict, yet it remains a part of international politics and society. From the assassination of Franz Ferdinand…

Arthur Wellesley: The ‘Iron Duke’ Who Defeated Napoleon at Waterloo

Todd Neikirk
Military portrait of Arthur Wellesley

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, is seen by some to be a contentious figure in British history. A brilliant military leader who aided in…

Alexander Suvorov: The Russian Military Leader Who Erased Napoleon’s Gains In Italy

Samantha Franco
Portrait of Alexander Suvorov

Alexander Suvorov was a general of the Russian Army during the 18th century, leading his men through incredible victories and rising through the ranks. His…

Fyodor Ushakov: The Russian Naval Legend and Saint Who Never Lost a Battle

Todd Neikirk
Military portrait of Fyodor Ushakov

Naval power has long been a feature of the world’s most powerful militaries. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Russians had an important advantage…

Prince Henry of Prussia Was Almost a Monarch of the United States

Todd Neikirk
Map of the United States + Portrait of Prince Henry of Prussia

When the United States was in its infancy, most countries were ruled by monarchs. There were some prominent people involved in the Revolutionary War that…

Battle of Kamdesh: Vastly Outnumbered, US Army Troops Defeated Over 300 Taliban Insurgents

Members of the 61st Cavalry Regiment standing together

On October 3, 2009, more than 300 Taliban insurgents descended upon US Army Combat Outpost (COP) Keating in Kamdesh, Afghanistan. The some 50 soldiers of…

Gods of War: History’s Greatest Warriors Who Never Lost a Battle

Elisabeth Edwards
Painting of a battle scene + Statue of Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus + Military portrait of George Henry Thomas

Throughout history, the world’s best leaders have, largely, started out as some of the greatest warriors. From the ancient societies of Greece, Rome and Egypt…

Rare Photographs Reveal the Honorable History of Japan’s Samurai

Portrait of four samurai dressed in armor

Japan’s samurai were among the most powerful warriors of their time, rising through the ranks of society to become rulers in their own right. Not…

Deadly Military Uniform Designs That Ultimately Got Soldiers Killed

Still from 'Napoleon'

There have been a number of times when fashion outweighed function when it came to military uniforms, sometimes leading to deadly results. The shortfalls that…

Korengal Valley: Why the Region Is Nicknamed the ‘Valley of Death’

US Army soldiers walking along a dirt path in the Korengal Valley

Between the mountain ranges bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan lies the infamous Korengal Valley. The area saw some of the deadliest engagements to occur during the…

The Most Fearsome Military Units of All Time

Todd Neikirk
Swiss Guard marching together + Group of Fallschirmjäger walking together

Intimidation plays an important part in conflict, as do teamwork and skill. The most fearsome military units in history combined these three traits, as well…