The February issue of Military History Matters, the British military history magazine, is now on sale.
In this issue:
Geronimo: the Apache guerrilla
In our cover feature, David Norris charts the extraordinary resistance of a Native American war-leader who was eventually outnumbered 400 to one.
The Cuban Revolution
It was a victory against all odds. On a small Caribbean sugar-island, the US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista was toppled by a band of rebel guerrillas. Our special this issue explores the rebel campaign. In the first feature, MHM Editor Neil Faulkner analyses the Battle of Santa Clara, 1958-1959, the action that brought Batista to final defeat. In the second, Faulkner recaps how Castro’s army repulsed the reactionary invasion at the Bay of Pigs, 1961.
Battle of Poitiers, 1356
Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzel reassess the English Black Prince’s famous victory over the French during the Hundred Years War.
Operation Varsity, 1945
Christopher Warner recalls the Allied attempt to breach the Rhine, Nazi Germany’s great western moat, in the closing months of the Second World War.
Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force at the Battle of Kitchener Wood, 22-25 April 1915
Patrick Mercer recalls a little-remembered action at the Second Battle of Ypres.
Also in this issue:
War on Film; Royal Deaths at War; War Culture, Behind the Image, Book Reviews; Museum Review; Event Listings; Competitions; and much more.
From the editor
It is 60 years since one of the most astonishing guerrilla victories in the history of warfare: the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in January 1959. Even at the end, the guerrillas numbered fewer than a thousand, but in the space of just over two years they had overthrown a US-backed military dictator and taken control of an island of 7 million people.
Our special analyses the military success of the Cuban insurgency by focusing on two signal events: the Battle of Santa Clara and the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
Our first feature heads back to the medieval period to reassess the Black Prince’s victory at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356 – the least well-known of the three famous battlefield triumphs of the English line over massed French chivalry during the Hundred Years War.
Shifting focus to the Second World War, Christopher Warner analyses Operation Varsity, the March 1945 Allied crossing of the Rhine. A daring assault, it was the largest airborne operation in history.
Our cover feature recaps the extraordinary tale of Geronimo, the Apache guerrilla who defied the authorities for years, only to surrender and end his life in exile.
Finally, Patrick Mercer has chosen the 10th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Kitchener Wood in April 1915 as the subject of his Regiment feature this time.