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The Russian Civil War

The centenary of the Russian Revolution is upon us. We think of 1917 as the key turning-point, but the reality was far messier. Russia was plunged into a four-year Civil War that killed almost 15 million people and reduced the country to ground zero.
This was the context for the emergence of a monstrous Stalinist dictatorship.
In our latest issue, Neil Faulkner analyses the events and consequences of this devastating conflict, answering the key question: how did the Bolsheviks win?

Latest Features

Passchendaele: Plans and Preparations
Why did the British fight the Third Battle of Ypres? MHM editor Neil Faulkner analyses the background to Haig’s offensive in Flanders in autumn 1917. The controversy has lasted a century. It will probably never be resolved. The Third Battle ...
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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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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