Author: Seema Syeda

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Stormtroopers: a new history of Hitler’s brownshirts

Daniel Siemens’s excellent new history of the Sturmabteilungen — the SA; better known as the Nazi Party’s Stormtroopers or Brownshirts — includes a lot of violence. It begins with the horrific murder of an innocent Polish down-and-out in German Upper Silesia in August 1932. Accused of being a Communist, he was savagely beaten to death […]

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The British Army and the First World War

My heart sank slightly when I was asked to review this book. I expected yet another dirge about needless casualties, poor generalship, a reworking of ‘lions led by donkeys’. But, no, I was completely wrong: pusillanimous poets do not get a look in; instead we get rigorous analysis of facts, the figures that support them, […]

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Grant

Ulysses Simpson Grant is probably the most recognisable army officer in the pantheon of American history. He is, at the same time, most likely the least understood and most under-appreciated person. This marvellous work by Ron Chernow should do much to resolve that conundrum. Born in Point Pleasant, Ohio, in 1827 to jesse and Hannah […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Hue 1968: a turning point of the American war in Vietnam

Some of us still remember the time quite vividly. By the end of 1967, the United States had been involved in the conflict in South-east Asia for nearly two decades. While its advisors had helped the Vietnamese in their struggle against Japanese invaders during the Second World War, in the post -war years the United […]

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The Hundred Days Offensive: did the British win it for the Allies?

While admitting that Haig was no genius, revisionist historians have argued that by 1918, he was able to co-ordinate successfully all elements of military force – artillery, armour, airpower, and infantry – to achieve a decisive victory in the series of operations known collectively as ‘The Hundred Days’. Does this argument stand up to critique? Chris Bambery tests the case.

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They Shall Not Grow Old

Taylor Downing reports on Peter Jackson’s new WWI centenary film. New Zealander Peter Jackson is known to cinema-goers for the lavish spectacles in which he specialises in breathtaking digital effects, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit trilogy (2012-14), both adapted from the novels of J R R Tolkien. He has now just released a remarkable […]

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Battle Royal – Louis, Prince Imperial

Patrick Boniface on the deaths in combat of regal warriors. The savagery of the Zulu Wars showed no respect for class or privilege, and the naked remains of a young French prince were testimony to the ferocity of the fighting. The death in June 1879 of Louis, Prince Imperial also marked the end of any […]

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MHM December 2018

The December issue of MHM, 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: Crimea: the last great charge of the redcoats, 1854 Only the incompetence of the enemy prevented it from becoming a national disaster. Neil Faulkner revisits the British […]

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MHM December Quiz – win a copy of Hurricane on DVD!

This issue, we’re giving away three DVD copies of Hurricane. Hurricane tells the true story of the heroic Polish pilots who fought alongside the Royal Air Force to help take down the Nazi invaders during the Battle of Britain. Seen through the eyes of Jan Zumbach (Iwan Rheon), fighter ace and adventurer, it tells how […]

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