The Charge of the Light Brigade happened 163 years ago, but historians still debate who was to blame for the military fiasco.
The Charge of the Light Brigade was brave but fruitless. Could it have worked if the feuding British leaders had interpreted their orders differently?
Against the odds: French troops throw rocks at advancing German troops in the Vosges, 1916.
The French Army's efforts in the world wars have long been maligned. Its soldiers deserve better.
French POWs being led away from the battlefield in May 1940.
How French memories of the Dunkirk evacuation differ from those of the British.
Since the late 1970s, East Asia has seen fewer deaths in conflict than any other continent. Can it keep the peace?
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been a central figure in linking the Gallipoli campaign with Islamic conceptualisations of the Turkish nation.
The Gallipoli campaign has, in recent years, increasingly become part of the culture wars in Turkey associated with the rise of political Islam.
A black U.S. Marine gives salute.
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The men who killed police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge were black veterans. A historian explains black veterans' long struggle to live with inequality in their military service, and back home.
British battlecruiser HMS Indefatigable sunk during the Battle of Jutland.
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Both sides claimed victory after the German and British fleets met off the coast of Denmark, 100 years ago.
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Calculus helped determined the outcome of World War I's biggest naval battle, 100 years ago.
The Cu Chi tunnels may be the most popular of the ‘war tourism’ attractions in Vietnam.
Might the rise of heritage tourism and the increasing ease of international travel lead to more of Australia’s military experiences overseas being better understood?
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Archaeological remains, traditional tribes and conflict among chimpanzees can tell us much about the history of human warfare.
Cine Petro Atletica, once Huambo’s finest cinema, was destroyed during fierce fighting in Angola’s bloody civil war.
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Apartheid South Africa started a war in which it could not maintain a strategic advantage. It misread the quest for national liberation and international opinion that undermined its effectiveness.
British PM John Major gets his hands dirty.
Overshadowed by the terrible conflicts to come, this short operation was nevertheless a significant global event.
Thinking about Australia’s war experience in comparison with others will soften some of the hyperbole surrounding Anzac.
Armistice Day provides a moment to reflect on Australia’s self-identity in comparison to other nations that experienced the first world war and commemorate it to this day.
‘The sorest stroke any Cavalry Regiment has suffered at one day’s fighting since the memory of man.’
Scotland forever! – Elizabeth Thompson
From Belgium to Moscow to Helmland: how one battle helped shape how we think of war.
Robert Menzies meets the US defence secretary, Robert McNamara, at the Pentagon in 1964, the year before committing Australia to the escalating war.
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The anniversary of Menzies' fateful decision to commit troops to the escalating war in Vietnam marks a turning point that is at least as significant as the Gallipoli landings for Australia today.
‘Let me try and put sacked SBS sports journalist Scott McIntyre’s tweets in historical perspective.’
It is naïve to expect men to kill and die for their country, to live through the horrors of a particularly barbaric war, and to come out the other end unscathed – despite our popular myths.
Drape ‘Anzac’ over an argument and, like a magic cloak, the argument is sacrosanct – even though it shouldn’t be.
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Never has the Anzac tradition been more popular and yet never have its defenders been more chauvinistic, bellicose and intolerant of other viewpoints.
Activists trying to bring attention to the issue of rape in war were arrested for protesting at Anzac Day services in the 1980s.
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Protests on Anzac Day, rather than being 'utterly alien to Australians', have a long tradition and embody the democratic right to dissent for which the troops fought.
What is obscured in our understanding of returned servicemen’s problems is the private pain of families who bear the brunt of these psychological strains.
Australia has continually faced a returned soldier crisis. This is something that marked men returning from all the wars of modern memory – from the Great War to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Protesters attend a huge anti-conscription rally at Yarra Bank in Melbourne, 1916.
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The democratic freedoms Australians hold dear today – freedom of the press, assembly and speech – were won on home soil by courageous women and men who sacrificed much, but rarely recognised for it.