Author: Military History Matters

Captured Indian mutineers being strapped to cannon.

Barbarism in War

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 […]

Guerrilla attack on a blockhouse

Boers, Blockhouses and Barbed Wire

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 […]


Competition Closed: MT Quiz: Win a copy of Tower, by Nigel Jones

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 […]


The Spruce Goose – Back to the drawing board

Howard Hughes surely defined the word eccentric. One of the richest men in the world, he was famous for his maverick movie-making, addiction to drugs, and love of beautiful actresses. On one occasion, he became obsessed with designing a complicated cantilevered bra for one of the stars in his movie The Outlaw. He was also an accomplished aviator and innovative aircraft […]


Don McCullin: The Battle of Hue, February 1968

Photojournalist Don McCullin’s images of war brought the grim reality onto Sunday breakfast tables for two decades . Especially famous are the photos he took of US marines fighting on the front-line in the Battle of Hue in February 1968.  Hue is remembered as one of the toughest battles of the Vietnam war. Below is […]


The Battle of Fontenoy, 11 May 1745

The War of the Austrian Succession found the British Army run down and neglected, its proud military traditions grown sclerotic. Yet in May 1745, at Fontenoy in Belgium, 15000 British redcoats mounted a doomed assault every bit as courageous as Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg The ‘mousetrap’: the Battle of Dettingen, 27 June 1743. George II […]

Spies in sky

Spies in the Sky by Taylor Downing

Military Times Promotion SPIES IN THE SKY is the thrilling, little known story of the partner organisation to the famous code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park. It is the story of the daring reconnaissance pilots who took aerial photographs over Occupied Europe during the most dangerous days of the Second World War, and of the photo […]

Combined Joint Training Field Exercise (CJTFEX) 96

Falling Standards

Mark Corby laments the degraded condition of the British Army. As a direct result of the Iraq and Afghan insurgencies, it appears that all is not well with the British Army. Firstly, the frankly mawkish attitude to casualties has shocked earlier generations. Whilst every casualty is a personal tragedy for those involved, 378 dead in […]


The Davy Crockett – Back to the drawing board

  Few weapons in this series have been sent back to the drawing board because of their efficiency. This page is usually occupied by a terrible concept doomed from the start or a wacky idea that might just have worked but for a crucial, disastrous oversight at the last minute. But for the Davy Crockett […]