Author: Seema Syeda

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War Reporters: William Howard Russell

Seema Syeda on battlefield scoops throughout the ages. William Howard Russell was one of the most prolific and revolutionary journalists of his time. Best known for his reporting on the Crimean War, he narrated the events of the ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’, and Tennyson wrote his celebrated poem of the same name – now […]

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MHM June Caption Competition – Winners Announced!

We asked you to think of something appropriately witty for this image from our feature on the rise of Japanese Militarism, published in the June issue of Military History Matters. We are delighted to announce the winners. WINNER ‘They stole our rice wine. Get it back for God’s ‘sake.’’ — Les Quilter RUNNERS-UP Strenuous efforts were made […]

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MHM June 2019

The June 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: The Troubles: Northern Ireland, 1968-1998 From 1968 to 1998, Northern Ireland was quagmired in one of the most controversial, protracted conflicts of the Western world. […]

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The Troubles: Northern Ireland, 1968-1998

The wounds are still raw. It was a bitter conflict, it left many grieving, and it remains well within living memory. But that does not mean that military historians should not study it and attempt to understand it. Patrick Mercer analyses the strategy, tactics, and history of Northern Ireland’s protracted war.

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[Competition Closed] MHM June Quiz – win a D-Day clicker

This issue, we’re giving away three engraved replica clickers, courtesy of ACME. Clickers were a vital piece of survival equipment for paratroopers ahead of the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944. Used by the 101st Airborne Division, they enabled paratroopers to test whether nearby movements were generated by friend or foe. This month, ACME Whistles, […]

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Yi Sun-sin: history’s greatest admiral

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?

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MHM May 2019

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 […]

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[Competition Closed] MHM May Quiz – win a copy of HMS Belfast Pocket Manual

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 […]

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MHM April Caption Competition – Winners Announced!

We asked you 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. We are delighted to announce the winners. WINNER ‘Members of the Nazi Audubon Society look and listen for the steel-breasted, speckled Hawker on the Normandy coast.’ — Christopher Warner […]

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[Competition Closed] MHM April Quiz – win a copy of Spomenik Monument Database

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 […]

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