Military history is important because it gives us insight into why and how people fight.

The study of military history can help win battles, and wars, with lower friendly casualties.

Military history also has important peace uses, as the study of military history helps to remind us of the brutality of war, which may help to prevent future conflicts.

Ancient Military History

The History of Light Infantry

History of the development of light infantry by the ancient Greeks

Spartan Warfare

Alexander the Great

Military biography of Alexander of Macedon

The Conquest of Gaugemel

Alexander the Great’s conquest of Gaugemel

Pharsalia (Civil War)

Marcus Annaeus Lucanus

Far Eastern Military History

Hagakure: Book of the Samurai

Hagakure is the essential book of the Samurai. Written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, who was a Samurai in the early 1700s, it is a book that combines the teachings of both Zen and Confucianism. These philosophies are centered on loyalty, devotion, purity and selflessness, and Yamamoto places a strong emphasis on the notion of living in the present moment with a strong and clear mind.

The Art of War

Sun Tzu

Renaissance Military History

Military Maxims of Napoleon

115 maxims by one of histories greatest military leaders, Napoleon Bonaparte.

Frederick the Great: Instructions to His Generals

Instructions from Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, to his generals.

On War

Baron Carl von Clausewitz

The History of the Thirty Years’ War

Friedrich Schiller

Military History of the American Civil War

The Ironclads

Essay on the use of iron warships in the American civil war.

Military History of WWI

Weaponry, Ground, Air and Water Warfare in WWI

Essay on WWI military technology

Weapons of WWI

Brief essay on WWI weaponry

Battles of the Somme

Book Review

World War 1 and Submarine Warfare

Rules of Successful Air Combat: Dicta Boelcke

By the summer of 1916, Oswald Boelcke had become Germany’s top fighter pilot. Feldflugchef Colonel Thomsen of the German High Command urged Boelcke to draw up a summary of principles that should govern every air fight. His list of ‘rules’ for success is often referred to as the ‘Dicta Boelcke.’ While the Dicta sound simplistic, they represented the rules for successful air combat. The Dicta were still valid for World War II fighter pilots and even into the Korean War.

Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War

Frederick A. Talbot

The Riddle of the Rhine: Chemical Strategy in Peace and War

Victor Lefebure’s account of the critical struggle for power and for the decisive war initiative. The campaign fostered by the great Rhine factories, and the pressing problems which they represent. A matter of pre-eminent public interest concerning the sincerity of disarmament, the future of warfare, and the stability of peace.

Military History of WWII

WWII - The Beginning

Essay documenting the beginning of WWII


Explanation of blitzkrieg warfare

Dunkirk and Its Significance

The Battle for El Alamein


Explanation of the German invasion of Russia

The Battle for Stalingrad

The Battle of Kursk

Book review

D-Day - The Invasion of Normandy


Collection of factoids about D-Day

Battle of the Bulge

The Battle of Hurtgen Forest

The Battle of Britain

Essay on The Battle of Britain, focusing why the Germans failed to achieve victory.

The Battle of Britain

Their Finest Hour

Essay on the Battle of Britain

The P-51 in Europe

The need for and effects of the P-51 Mustang in Europe

Why did Germany lose World War 2?

Why Did Germany Lose World War II, Despite Its Victories Early In The War?

General George S. Patton

Biography of General George S. Patton

General George Patton

Biography of General George S. Patton

George Patton

Biography of General George S. Patton

George S. Patton

Biography of General George S. Patton

Dwight Eisenhower

Biography of Dwight Eisenhower

Winston Churchill

Marine Light Tanks: First Action at Guadalcanal

Historical account of the M2A4, M3, and M3A1 tanks used by the Marine Corps at Guadalcanal.

The Battle of Vella Gulf

The first successful use of American Destroyers against the Japanese Navy.

World War 2 Battles

Descriptions of the major battles of World War II.

Frankel-Y Speaking

About World War II in the South Pacific

The Korean War

The Korean War

Military analysis of the Korean War

Causes of the Korean War

The MIG Fighter Jet in the Korean War

Analysis of the performance of the MIG fighter jet in the Korean War

Guerilla Warfare

General Principles of Guerrilla Warfare

This text was seen for a time as the definitive philosophy for fighting irregular wars. Che offered a wide range of information on this form of asymmetric warfare — from the basics of guerrilla strategy and proper guerrilla conduct to what equipment to bring the field.

Mao Tse-Tung: On Guerrilla Warfare

Composed in 1937, when Japanese forces were ravaging the Chinese nation, this treatise was deeply rooted in the works of Sun-tzu. By explaining his conception of guerrilla warfare, Mao not only provided a strategic advantage to the Chinese nation, but enhanced their overall conventional warfare tactics as well.

Military History of the Middle East

The Six Day War

Arab / Israeli Conflicts from 1960 - 1970

Modern and Future Military History

Operation Just Cause

Essay on the Panama - U.S. conflict of 1989.

The Gulf War - A New Kind of War

The New Battlefield

American Military History

American Military History

For over a third of a century, the U.S. Army has tried in a systematic way to inculcate in its officers and soldiers an awareness of our nation’s military past and to demonstrate to them that the study of military history is an essential ingredient in leadership development. Military history education, as this effort is called, has been a principal mission of the Center of Military History. Of all the many studies and special projects published by the Center in pursuit of this mission, none is more directly related to the education of young officers than American Military History, a volume first published in 1956 as a textbook for the senior ROTC courses.

The U.S. Army and Irregular Warfare

John M. Gates

Weapons of the Marine Corps: From Muskets to Missiles

A history of the weapons of the United States Marine Corps.

The Battle of Saratoga

A turning point in the American Revolutionary War.

Military History

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