HISTORY Lists

Category: Military History

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8 Things You May Not Know About the Praetorian Guard

Equal parts secret service, special forces and urban administrators, Rome’s Praetorian Guard was one of the ancient world’s most prestigious military units.

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6 Legendary Mercenary Armies

Get the facts on six of history’s most infamous and influential private armies.

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7 Unusual Military Units

From colossal Prussians and delirious Vikings to a faith-based U.S. Army unit, find out more about seven of history’s most unconventional military outfits.

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6 Violent Uprisings in the United States

Get the facts on six of the most famous domestic disputes in American history.

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6 Wars Fought for Ridiculous Reasons

Get the facts on six of history’s most preposterous conflicts.

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6 Military Renegades

Meet six of history’s most fascinating rogue military leaders.

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7 Brutal Sieges

As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the siege of Vicksburg, get the facts on seven of the most prolonged standoffs in military history.