Author: Seema Syeda

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War Reporters: Martha Gellhorn

Seema Syeda appreciates the charm and chutzpah of indefatigable war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Having crossed the Atlantic to cover her first conflict, the Spanish Civil War, Gellhorn found herself in Czechoslovakia, just before the Nazi occupation of the region known to the Germans as the Sudetenland.

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Iron Age hillfort in danger of erosion

Archaeologists are working to uncover the secrets of a Roman hillfort near Caernarfon in north Wales. The coastal fort is believed to date back about 2,500 years, but is in danger of being totally eroded by the sea.

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Found: the bow of the USS Grunion

The USS Grunion was a Gato-class submarine that was sunk at Kiska, Alaska, during World War II. Operating near the Aleutian Islands, the submarine reported that it had been attacked by Japanese antisubmarine patrols, but had managed to avoid sinking. Later moving to Kiska Island, from which it was based throughout July 1942, the Grunion […]

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Churchill’s wartime visitor book available online

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Churchill War Rooms becoming operational, Imperial War Museums has digitised the original visitor book containing the names of numerous well-known visitors, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, General Dwight D Eisenhower, Winston Churchill himself, and Clement Attlee.

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Remains of Iron Age warrior to go on display

The spectacular remains of an Iron Age warrior, discovered 12 years ago in Chichester, England, will soon be put on public display for the first time at the Novium Museum, Chichester. Thought to date from 50BC, the warrior’s skeleton was discovered buried alongside a series of ornate weapons and artefacts.

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MHM September Caption Competition – Winners Announced!

We asked you to think of something appropriately witty for this image from our feature on WWI submarine warfare, published in the September issue of Military History Matters. Here are the winners! WINNER “The men who stayed up top hadn’t quite grasped the fundamental concept of the submarine.” — Bruce Arthurs RUNNERS-UP “Just fire a friendly shot […]

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The Seven Days, 1862

The American Civil War might easily have ended in 1862. In the event, it dragged on for three more years, claiming the lives of 600,000 men, more than all of America’s other wars combined. A strong case can be made that this outcome was the work of two very different men – George B McClellan and Robert E Lee. To what extent do individuals change the course of history?

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MHM September 2019

The September issue of Military History Matters, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. To subscribe to the magazine, click here. To subscribe to the digital archive, click here. In this issue: Special: The Seven Days, 1862 The course of the American Civil War could have been entirely different. In a series of bloody battles fought from […]

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War Reporters: George Orwell

The life of a journalist who was never far from the front-line: George Orwell. His writing sought to rationalise and navigate the challenges of the day, and his early vision for a utopian socialist society slowly gave way to the dystopian warnings expressed in his novels.

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MHM August Caption Competition – Winners Announced!

We asked you to think of something appropriately witty for this image from our feature on the Bombay Grenadiers at Maiwand, published in the August issue of Military History Matters. Here are the winners! WINNER “Join the army, they said! Get your own gun, no strings attached!” — Sarah Coleshill RUNNERS-UP “One wrong move and the puppy […]

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