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Julius Caesar: Europe's greatest military commander?

Julius Caesar: Europe’s greatest military commander?

The story of Julius Caesar’s military career is that of a special relationship between a brilliant commander and an elite fighting force. Caesar was a skilled politician and a master of military engineering. Highly drilled, heavily armoured, and tightly disciplined, the legions of the Late Republic were superb instruments of war. We analyse how Caesar used them to devastating effect.

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MHM July Caption Competition

MHM July Caption Competition

Think of something appropriately witty for this image from our feature on Barbarossa, published in the July issue of Military History Matters. Leave your caption as a comment below. The best caption will be judged by the editorial team and ...
MHM July Quiz - win 24 Hours at Balaclava!

MHM July Quiz – win 24 Hours at Balaclava!

This issue, we’re giving away three copies of 24 Hours at Balaclava, courtesy of the History Press.
At the Battle of Balaclava, the British squandered a near victory against Russia by recklessly sending 664 British light cavalry spurring down ...
Julius Caesar: Europe's greatest military commander?

Julius Caesar: Europe’s greatest military commander?

The story of Julius Caesar’s military career is that of a special relationship between a brilliant commander and an elite fighting force. Caesar was a skilled politician and a master of military engineering. Highly drilled, heavily armoured, and tightly disciplined, ...
War Reporters: William Howard Russell

War Reporters: William Howard Russell

Seema Syeda on battlefield scoops throughout the ages. William Howard Russell William Howard Russell was one of the most prolific and revolutionary journalists of his time. Best known for his reporting on the Crimean War, he narrated the events of ...
The Troubles: Northern Ireland, 1968-1998

The Troubles: Northern Ireland, 1968-1998

The wounds are still raw. It was a bitter conflict, it left many grieving, and it remains well within living memory. But that does not mean that military historians should not study it and attempt to understand it. Patrick Mercer ...

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