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The ballots have been cast, the votes have been counted, and we are delighted to announce the winners of the MHM Book Awards 2019. We carefully curated a list of 2018’s best military-history titles and asked you, our readers, to vote for your favourite. Our selection included some of the best researched, most insightful, and most readable titles reviewed and featured in the magazine over the last year.

The results were announced at Senate House in London on 8 March as part of Current Archaeology Live! 2019, the annual two-day conference run by our sister-magazine Current Archaeology.

You can read reviews all 12 nominated books here



The Last Battle: endgame on the Western Front, 1918

By Peter Hart
Published by Profile Books

The Last Battle: Endgame on the Western Front 1918

The Gold Award for MHM Book of the Year 2019 goes to Peter Hart’s The Last Battle: endgame on the Western Front, 1918. In the autumn of 1918, the reformed British Army played a major role in the total defeat of the German Army. Read The Last Battle and you will never forget this. Compelling and stylishly written, Hart’s book is an immensely important corrective to the normal obsession with the Somme and Passchendaele.


Masters of Mayhem: Lawrence of Arabia and the British military mission to the Hejaz

By James Stejskal
Published by Casemate

Masters of Mayhem: Lawrence of Arabia and the British military mission to the Hejaz

Written with great accuracy, detail, enthusiasm, and insight, Masters of Mayhem recounts the evolution of Allied combined operations against the Ottoman forces in the Hejaz. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Stejskal provides a new perspective on the well-trodden story of the Arab Revolt.


The Other Norfolk Admirals: Myngs, Narbrough, and Shovell

By Simon Harris
Published by Helion

The Other Norfolk Admirals: Myngs, Narborough, and Shovell

Much more than a biography of three admirals, this is a superb account of the British Navy from Cromwell to Queen Anne. Shedding new light on an often overlooked era of naval history, it is written in a style as edifying as it is entertaining, by an author with an impressive naval pedigree.

The MHM Book Awards are sponsored by Osprey Publishing. Osprey Publishing, part of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, is the leading publisher of illustrated military history. Now in its 50th year, Osprey has published thousands of titles on a range of subjects from ancient times to the present day.


  1. Phillip Dawe
    December 2, 2018 @ 10:04 pm

    Excellent Book!


  2. Douglas Flower
    December 5, 2018 @ 4:19 pm

    Never lets you down . A fascinating read.


  3. Arnotte
    December 6, 2018 @ 3:06 pm

    Fantastic read!


  4. Sophie hassan
    December 6, 2018 @ 8:57 pm

    A fascinating read


  5. Jennifer Harris
    December 6, 2018 @ 9:01 pm

    Excellent well researched book


  6. John Macdonald
    December 10, 2018 @ 7:40 pm

    First rate. Very well researched and written.


  7. David Goble
    December 13, 2018 @ 11:11 am

    A very well researched book indeed. Having a grandfather who served in the RNAS makes this a particularly interesting read.


  8. Brian Clites
    December 21, 2018 @ 3:18 pm

    A great book by a fantastic historian.


  9. Pawel Ptaszyński
    December 23, 2018 @ 10:17 pm

    Excellent book ! Great job !


  10. Josee Carlton
    January 8, 2019 @ 12:28 pm

    Beautifully presented and very interesting.


  11. Lynn Palmer
    January 8, 2019 @ 12:43 pm

    A fascinating read


  12. Dale Fishburn
    January 8, 2019 @ 12:44 pm

    Fills an important gap with great style and authority. Thank you!


  13. Lucy Strutt
    January 8, 2019 @ 3:09 pm

    Detailed research: fascinating stuff!


  14. Alex Revell
    January 10, 2019 @ 11:03 am

    Another great book by Peter Hart. Well up to his usual excellence.


  15. Jenny Brown
    February 4, 2019 @ 9:21 am

    A great book by an expert on Georgian Naval History


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