Robert Bateman taught military history at the United States Military Academy, George Mason University and Georgetown University. He is currently working on a book about doctrine, technology, and the culture of the US Army officer corps in the Interwar Period for Knopf. He can be reached at

Tales from the Trenches

In 1935, Benito Mussolini wanted to make Italy great again, so he invaded Ethiopia. The war boosted his popularity but also inspired one of the 20th century’s greatest satires.


There’s a reason the popes turn to the Swiss for personal protection, and it’s not just because they cut dashing figures in those uniforms...


Verdun had served the French well as a defensive outpost in the past, but in WWI it became synonymous with insensible tactics that claimed 250,000 lives.