Warfare

A pre-war daguerrotype of James R. McClintock. Inventor, likely crook, possible spy.

The Amazing (If True) Story of the Submarine Mechanic Who Blew Himself Up Then Surfaced as a Secret Agent for Queen Victoria

The leading mechanic of the famed H.L. Hunley led quite the life, if we can believe any of it

Lt. Col. Geoffrey Barnes, Detachment 1 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Attack Squadron commander, performs a pre-flight inspection of an MQ-1B Predator unmanned drone aircraft in September 3, 2008.

There Have Been 418 Major Drone Crashes Since 2001, Many of Them in the United States

Even the military is having drone problems

A view of a damaged production unit after a bomb attack at Baiji oil refinery, 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad February 26, 2011. Militants attacked Iraq's largest oil refinery on Saturday, killing four workers and detonating bombs that touched off a raging fire and shut down the plant in northern Iraq, officials said

The Jihadists That Just Attacked Iraq's Oil Fields May Already Have More Than $2 Billion in Assets

ISIS is an incredibly well-financed terrorist organization

Armed militiamen from the pro-Russian Vostok Battallion took part in a rally held in Lenin's square, Donetsk, against Ukraine's presidential elections being held across the country.

Dozens Dead After Fighting Erupts in Donetsk, Ukraine

Ukraine's military pushed to clear pro-Russian rebels out of the eastern provinces

A Syrian rebel fighter wears a gas mask in 2013.

Syria Won’t Give Up the Last of Its Chemical Weapons

U.S. officials say the Syrian government is holding on to some of its chemical weapons to use as leverage

Some of America’s Nuclear Arsenal Is So Old It Still Runs on 8-Inch Floppies

The technology backing America's nuclear arsenal is showing its age

Troops in Crimea.

U.N.: Kidnappings, Torture, Propaganda Preceded Crimea's Secession Vote

The conditions around Crimea's secession vote were not clean, says a draft U.N. report

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Globally, Deaths From War And Murder Are in Decline

The world is getting safer, even if it doesn't necessarily feel like it

A mural of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Hundreds of Thousands of Syrians Are Starving As the Civil War Continues

Sieges and blocked supplies are hurting Syria's civilian population

Rocket cat and rocket bird, Buch von den probierten Künsten, Franz Helm, c 1535.

Incendiary Bats, Rocket Cats: Military Strategists Will Dream of Attaching Firepower to Anything That Moves

In 16th century manuscripts, drawings of feline grenades

This double-edged iron sword was found in Denmark’s Tisso Lake.

The Vikings’ Bad Boy Reputation Is Back With a Vengeance

A major new exhibition is reviving the Norse seafarers’ iconic image as rampagers and pillagers

The storming of the Bastille

The French Revolution in Pictures

The French Revolution Digital Archive has more than 14,000 images from the Revolution of 1789

A mosquito of the genus Anopheles.

Nazi Scientists Wanted to Use Mosquitoes to Send Diseases Behind Enemy Lines

The Nazi SS ran an entomological research facility

The XStat is designed so that as many as 97 tiny sponges can be injected into open wounds to stop bleeding in seconds.

An Injectable Bandage Can Stop Heavy Bleeding in 15 Seconds

A new technology developed for the military has the potenial to save soldiers from fatal gunshot wounds

Which Sci-Fi Armor Is the Military's Fancy New Battle Suit Actually Like?

They're calling it the "Iron Man" suit, but we think there's a closer analogy

What Prompts People to Eat Human Flesh?

Power, violence, revenge—and the heat of the moment

War elephants depicted in the battle of Zama, 202 BC.

A Lesson from History: When Assembling an Army of War Elephants, Don’t Pick Inbred Ones

Even though African elephants usually trump Asian elephants for might and aggression, in 217 B.C. Ptolemy made the crucial mistake of choosing inbred ones

The Battle of Chapultepec, which resulted in a U.S. victory, was waged on September 13, 1847 in Mexico City.

Brainpower and Brawn in the Mexican-American War

The United States Army had several advantages, but the most decisive was the professionalism instilled at West Point

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The Early History of Faking War on Film

Early filmmakers faced a dilemma: how to capture the drama of war without getting themselves killed in the process. Their solution: fake the footage

Low-altitude images, previously unpublished, reveal gaps in U.S. intelligence. Analysts failed to detect tactical nuclear warheads at a bunker near Managua.

The Photographs That Prevented World War III

While researching a book on the Cuban missile crisis, the writer unearthed new spy images that could have changed history

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