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The rise of American naval power

The United States became a global superpower in the early 20th century.
Its military and maritime prowess would create ‘the American Century’.
To this day its armed forces remain overwhelmingly predominant over those of any other single state.
When did such prodigious military might first emerge?

Latest Features

American naval power: Abraham Lincoln and the Union Navy
Patrick Boniface analyses the expansion and transformation of the US Navy during the American Civil War. 'Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I shall spend the first four sharpening the axe.' So said Abraham Lincoln, one of ...
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Strategic bombing: Gothas over London
Ian Castle looks at the German air offensive against London in 1917-1918. A hundred years ago this summer, German aircraft opened a shocking aerial campaign against London. Whereas the much-feared Zeppelins had appeared furtively under the cloak of darkness, the ...
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The Royal Warwickshire Regiment at Passchendaele
OCTOBER 1917 Patrick Mercer uses the first-hand account of a renowned junior officer to report on a grim regimental battle fought in the mud of Broodseinde a century ago. Along with Mons and the Somme, Passchendaele is one of the ...
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Passchendaele, 1917
Martin Marix Evans explores the muddy terrain of the Third Battle of Ypres, the effects it had on the action, and what can be found there today. This article was featured in the February 2011 issue of the magazine. A ...
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Niccolò Machiavelli: the father of Renaissance warfare
Iain King examines the relationship between war and thought in the writings of Niccolò Machiavelli. "Men rise from one ambition to another; first they seek to secure themselves against attack, then they attack others." – Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 1532 Machiavelli ...
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MHM Fact files

TOP FIVE: Gladiators
MHM introduces the most fearsome warriors of the Roman arena. 5. Marcus Attilius Free-Born ...
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TOP FIVE: Female Spies
MHM rounds up the most daring and decorated female agents in history ...
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Winston Churchill: 10 little-known facts
Winston Churchill, the emblematic British wartime leader is instantly recognisable by his ...
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Spitfires: 8 little-known facts
Obscure facts about the Spitfire that you need to know ...
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10 ways to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings
The best known date in English history may be 1066, but how much do you really know ...
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5 Myths about the Wars of the Roses
We examine 5 myths surrounding the Wars of the Roses, as part of our 17-page ...
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9 Kings Who Lost Their Thrones
Taken from the MHM34 feature, here are 9 deposed monarchs, some of whom were quite ...
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Hitler Facts: 10 little-known facts
Many strange, contradictory and often largely unsubstantiated rumours have arisen about Hitler, both in life ...
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Battle Maps

MHM is packed with maps to help explain exactly what went on in the battle