By the late 15th century, armour weighed 60lbs or more, leaving men breathless, sluggish, and subject to rapid fatigue. It also dulled the senses. Worst of all, when things went wrong, it made it exceptionally hard for wearers to escape enemy pursuit, adding to the holocaust of the English nobility that was such a feature of the Wars of the Roses.
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Grenadier companies were first formed in the British Army in 1678, and were not finally abolished until 1855. By the time of the Quebec campaign, the 13 companies of a British foot battalion included one of grenadiers and one of light infantry. The grenadiers, as the battalion elite, were traditionally posted on the right (with […]
The December 2011 issue of Military History Monthly, the British Military History magazine, is on sale today. In the latest issue we cover: Bosworth – What really happened? Battlefield archaeology has transformed our understanding of how King Richard III lost his throne. Military History Monthly assesses the evidence and attempts to reconstruct what actually […]
Mark Corby got it wrong about modern British Army performance, argues paratrooper Tom Blakey. With over 23 years’ service, I have served on operations in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Macedonia, Iraq, and Afghanistan (multiple tours of each, except for the Balkans operations). After reading Mark Corby’s Opinion piece ‘Falling Standards’ in MT 13, I was left […]
Take the MHM quiz for you chance to win one of eight copies of the The Soldiers‘ Best Of album. The Soldiers are: Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi, Staff Sergeant Richie Maddocks, and Sergeant Major Gary Chilton. Their debut album, Coming Home released in 2009, went double platinum before their 2010 release, Letters Home soon found itself […]
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What makes modern wars so barbaric, asks Military Times Editor Neil Faulkner. All forms of warfare can produce atrocities. The survival instinct and a need for split-second judgement about perceived threat can cause soldiers to shoot rather than seek to capture an opponent. Fear can turn into anger in the heat of combat, and battle frenzy cause […]
Since 1945, most wars have been asymmetrical struggles between conventional armies and guerrilla insurgents. Vietnam rather than Korea has been the model. And it seems clear that the balance of advantage has shifted from the regular to the irregular. The modern guerrilla armed with long-range, rapid-fire, precision weaponry is a far more formidable opponent than predecessors bearing spear […]
The November 2011 issue of Military Times, the British Military History magazine, is on sale today.
Take the Military Times quiz for your chance to win one of FIVE signed copies of Nigel Jones’ Tower. Castle, royal palace, prison, torture chamber, execution site, zoo, mint, treasure house, armoury, record office, observatory, and the most visited tourist attraction in the country, the Tower of London has been all these things and more. No building […]