In this issue we cover:
This month, we consider the experience of the US 8th Air Force during the Second World War. Guy de la Bédoyère focuses on the combat experience, while John Henry Phillips discusses the cultural interactions on the ground during ‘the Friendly Invasion’.
This special feature includes:
Rising Sun: Japan in the First World War
David Porter considers the emergence of Imperial Japan as a world power.
The Infantry Square: a battle-winning combat formation
Matthew Moss offers an historical overview of the classic hollow square.
Red Cloud’s War: an unexpected triumph
Fred Chiaventone tells the story of Native America’s greatest victory.
Regiment: the 14th Sherwood Foresters
Patrick Mercer explores the little-known exploits of a short-lived wartime battalion at the Battle of El Alamein, 1942.
Also in this issue: War Culture; Great Escapes; War on Film; Book of the Month; Book Reviews; Museum Review; Event Listings; Competitions; and much more.
Airpower – and especially the efficacy of strategic bombing – is a subject of endless debate. How effective is aerial destruction of industry and infrastructure? What is the impact of bombing on civilian morale? Is investment in airpower cost-effective compared with other military spending? Is airpower becoming prohibitively expensive?
Let these questions hang. Though our special this issue looks at the strategic bombing of Germany during the Second World War, what grabs our attention is the human experience – that of the aircrew in combat, discussed by Guy de la Bédoyère, and that of the aircrew on the ground interacting with English locals, discussed by John Henry Phillips.
A very different kind of American military history is covered this issue in Fred Chiaventone’s account of the only war against the United States won by Native American tribesmen – Red Cloud’s War of 1866-1868.
Also this issue, we have Matthew Moss’s analysis of the long history of the infantry square, from the era of Renaissance ‘pike and shot’ to the colonial small-wars of the late 19th century; David Porter’s analysis of the role of Japan in the First World War; and Patrick Mercer’s latest regiment, the 14th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters at El Alamein.
This month, too, we launch our Military History Monthly book awards. Check out this page, where we are inviting you, our readers, to vote. The awards will be made at the Newark Military History Conference on 30 June/1 July this year. Tickets now are on sale: don’t leave it too late!