Author: Hazel Blair

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WAR OF WORDS: ‘first rate’

Top notch. The best. The finest. To be ‘first rate’ is to be unexcelled. The phrase initially appeared in the London Gazette in 1666, in a report on the building of 12 ships for the Royal Navy, ‘all of the first rate’. Fifteen years later, in John Lacy’s Sir Hercules Buffoon, it was being applied by the playwright to people, with some said to have ‘first-, […]

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MHM 71 – August 2016

The August issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. In this issue we cover: The Great Offensives In 1916, the Germans faced major Allied offensives: Peter Doyle analyses ‘Kitchener’s Mob’ at the Somme, while Simon Innes-Robbins explains the Brusilov Offensive. We also conclude our study of the historiographical debate on the […]

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[Competition Closed] MHM 71 Caption Competition

Think of something appropriately witty for this picture and leave your caption as a comment below. The best caption will be judged by the editorial team and published in the next issue of Military History Monthly!

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BRIEFING ROOM: Nader Shah

Look at that bling – who was he? Hailed by historians as ‘a second Alexander’ and ‘the Napoleon of the East’, Nader Shah was Shah (monarch) of Persia from 1736 to 1747. He was a gifted military commander and used his prowess to build a huge empire that included Iran, Afghanistan, the North Caucasus, northern India, and much of central […]

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MHM 70 – July 2016

The July issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. In this issue we cover: Battle of Jutland To commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, naval historian Nick Hewitt reflects on the battle and its legacy, while David Porter assesses the capabilities of the warships that fought there. These articles […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Taylor Downing’s ‘Breakdown: the crisis of shell shock on the Somme, 1916’

How do you deal with someone suffering from mental illness if you do not believe that such a condition exists? If you feel that it is possible to ‘snap out of it’, use mind over matter, and exercise the stiff upper lip? This was the problem that confronted the British Army during the Great War, and became a particularly acute problem following the Battle […]

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[Competition Closed] MHM Quiz: Win a copy of The Lost Tommies by Ross Coulthart.

This month, two lucky readers have the chance to win a copy of The Lost Tommies, courtesy of publishers William Collins. Published in the 100th anniversary year of the Battle of the Somme, The Lost Tommies brings together stunning, never-before-seen images of Tommies on the Western Front. Printed alongside these photographs are stories from soldiers who served on the front-line during the First World War. […]

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[Competition Closed] MHM 70 Caption Competition

Think of something appropriately witty for this picture and leave your caption as a comment below. The best caption will be judged by the editorial team and published in the next issue of Military History Monthly!  

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Remote survey of HMS Hampshire: new images released

A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) has surveyed the wreck of HMS Hampshire, sunk on 5 June 1916. The Devonshire-class armoured cruiser, which played a minor role in the Battle of Jutland, was transporting Lord Kitchener to Russia for a meeting with Tsar Nicholas II when it struck a German mine off Marwick Head in Orkney. The ship sank in just 20 minutes, resulting in Lord […]

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