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Welcome to the Military history WikiProject! We are a group of Wikipedia editors that work on topics related to military history, theory, and practice.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them on our discussion page, through our IRC channel (#wikipedia-en-milhist), or by contacting the project coordinators directly.

What do we do?

Our goal is to build the foremost free-content encyclopedia of military history in the English language by:

  • Creating, improving, and maintaining articles that describe all aspects of military history;
  • Providing guidelines and recommendations for editors of military history articles; and
  • Serving as the central point of discussion for all issues related to military history in Wikipedia.

We are currently working towards five major milestones:

1000 featured articles80.6% complete
500 featured pictures.: 58% complete
250 other featured content items: 83.6% complete
5000 good articles53.6% complete
10% of all articles rated B-Class or better98.5% complete

How can you help?

You don't have to join our project to work on military history articles. We welcome everyone who wants to help improve these topics, and encourage you—project member or not—to participate in all of our activities and take full advantage of the support we offer.

Our list of open tasks contains thousands of articles that need different types of improvement; please feel free to select something that interests you and start editing!

If you would like to advertise your participation, you can formally join the project by adding your name to the list of members, or by adding one of our userboxes to your user page..

What topics do we cover?

We generally consider any article related to historical or modern-day warfare or military affairs to be within our scope.[Note 1]

Most of our work focuses on eight broad areas:

  1. Military operations, battles, campaigns, and wars.[Note 2]
  2. Military personnel, including both leaders and common soldiers, as well as other people involved in military affairs.[Note 3]
  3. Military units and formations, ranging from small units to national armed forces.
  4. Military equipment and technology, weapons, armour, and vehicles.
  5. Military facilities and structures, such as fortifications, bases, test sites, and memorials.
  6. Military historiography, publications, and historians.
  7. Types and periods of warfare, the military histories of particular nations and groups, and general military science and doctrine.
  8. Depictions of military history in all media, such as video games, painting, sculpture, music, film, poetry, and prose.[Note 4]

What advice can we offer?

We maintain three sets of formal guidelines for articles related to military history:

  • The content guide covers article content and structure.
  • The notability guide covers the notability of topics.
  • The style guide covers naming conventions, usage and style, sourcing and citation, templates, and categories.

In addition, our Academy offers training and instruction on a wide range of subjects related to military history and Wikipedia.

Who coordinates our project?

The project coordinators are the designated points of contact for issues concerning the project, and are responsible for maintaining our internal structure and processes. They do not, however, have any authority over article content or editor conduct, or any other special powers.

Lead coordinator
Coordinators
Coordinators emeritus

To contact the coordinators, please leave a message on the coordinators' discussion page, or use the {{@MILHIST}} notification template on any other discussion page on Wikipedia.

How is our project organized?

We have organized activities within the project under four main departments:


We are undertaking four special projects to reach specific article improvement goals:

  • Operation Brothers at War aims to bring all core topics related to the American Civil War to featured status in time for their 150th anniversary.
  • Operation Great War Centennial aims to bring all core topics related to World War I to featured status by the centenary of the war.
  • Operation Majestic Titan aims to create the largest featured topic on Wikipedia, covering every modern battleship ever planned or built.
  • Operation Normandy aims to bring all core topics related to the Battle of Normandy to featured status by its 70th anniversary.

We also maintain task forces to organize collaboration on particular military history topics:

General topics 
Fortifications · Intelligence · Maritime warfare · Military aviation · Military biography · Military historiography · Military land vehicles · Military memorials and cemeteries · Military science and technology · National militaries · War films · Weaponry
Nations and regions 
African · Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific · Balkan · Baltic states · British · Canadian · Chinese · Dutch · French · German · Italian · Japanese · Korean · Latin American · Middle Eastern · Nordic · Ottoman · Polish · Russian, Soviet and CIS · South Asian · Southeast Asian · Spanish · United States
Periods and conflicts 
Classical warfare · Medieval warfare · Early Muslim military history · Crusades · Early Modern warfare · Wars of the Three Kingdoms · American Revolutionary War · Napoleonic era · American Civil War · World War I · World War II · Cold War

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