When we think of great naval commanders, Nelson immediately comes to mind. He fought 13 battles, winning 8. Admiral Yi Sun-sin fought 23 battles against Japan between 1592 and 1598, and won every one of them without losing a single ship. In 14 of these battles, moreover, not a single Japanese ship survived. How did he accomplish so much, and why was Japan unable to defeat him?
Author: Seema Syeda
The May 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: Yi Sun-sin: history’s greatest admiral Few in the West have heard of Admiral Yi Sun-sin, but he may well be the greatest admiral to have […]
This issue, we’re giving away three copies of the HMS Belfast Pocket Manual, courtesy of Osprey. A familiar sight on the Thames at London Bridge, HMS Belfast is a Royal Navy light cruiser, launched in March 1938. Belfast was part of the British naval blockade against Germany, and from November 1942 escorted Arctic convoys to […]
Think of something appropriately witty for this image from our feature on the Normandy breakout, published in the April issue of Military History Matters. Leave your caption as a comment below. The best caption will be judged by the editorial team and published online! Winners will be announced in early April.
This issue, we’re giving away three copies of the Spomenik Monument Database, courtesy of FUEL. Spomenik – the Serbo-Croat/Slovenian word for ‘monument’ – refers to a series of memorials built in Tito’s Republic of Yugoslavia from the 1960s to the 1990s, marking the horror of the occupation and the defeat of Axis forces there during […]
Blockbuster movies have been made about the legendary D-Day landings, but little attention is paid to what happened afterwards. Although the Allies succeeded in puncturing the German Atlantic Wall, a long campaign of bitter fighting through the fields and hedgerows of the Normandy countryside –otherwise known as the bocage – lay ahead. How were the Germans brought to final defeat?
The April 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: After D-Day: Normandy, 1944 Blockbuster movies have been made about the legendary D-Day landings, but little attention is paid to what happened afterwards. Although the […]
This issue, we’re giving away three copies of How to Survive in the Georgian Navy: a sailor’s guide, courtesy of Osprey. Rigidly organised and harshly disciplined, the Georgian Royal Navy was an orderly and efficient fighting force that played a major role in Great Britain’s wars of the 18th and early 19th centuries. This concise, […]
Grant’s conduct of the Overland Campaign has sometimes been criticised as bludgeoning – lacking in tactical finesse, restricted to frontal attacks, callous about casualties. But is this assessment fair? Neil Faulkner weighs up the debate.
Introducing Seema Syeda’s new series on battlefield scoops throughout the ages. The practice of recording the events of war is as old as war itself. The likes of Herodotus and Thucydides are well known as great ancient historians of conflict. Often placed alongside them is Greek military commander and philosopher Xenophon. However, instead of being […]