MHM has curated a list of 2017’s best military history titles: the nominees for this year’s Military History Monthly book awards. Our selection includes some of the best-researched, most-insightful, and most-readable titles reviewed and featured in the magazine over the last year.
Read a review of each nominated book here.
Voting has now closed.
The winners will be announced at Senate House in London on 23 February as part of Current Archaeology Live! 2018, an annual 2-day conference run by our sister magazine Current Archaeology, and hosted by the Institute of Classical Studies.
The MHM Book Awards are sponsored by Casemate UK, a specialist military history publisher and book distributor representing many independent publishers including Helion & Company, Histoire et Collections, Karwansaray Publishers, and Potomac Books Inc.
A great factual book which is written in a style that brings everything to life without being boring. Excellent.
A very good book, amazing attention to detail of a very complex subject. Many people believe that it may never be equaled. And as an older person, I must congratulate the author on the massive effort this must have taken.
A superbly written book that tells the story as it happened, without bias or distortion. A truly great book.
Regimental histories can be quite heavy but what shines out in Victoria Schofield’s extraordinary achievement is her humanity in her accounts of individuals, their triumphs and their tragedies. The characters seem still to be alive. This is a rare delight and a wonderful addition to the meticulous scholarship and detailed analyses and accounts which are essential for excellent history.
Victoria has demonstrated superb attention to detail, balance, historical context and above all it’s very readable, telling a great story and bringing the history to life.
An exciting read which brings to life the courage and suffering of so many, through the lens of a historic regiment
A highly readable and well-researched book. So pleased to see the history of the Black Watch given such excellent treatment bringing their achievements to life for posterity.
Victoria Schofield’s second volume of Black Watch history deserves to be read far more widely than enthusiasts of the Black Watch alone. It is very readable and always interesting – often completely fascinating. But more than that, she manages to summarise superbly the wider context in which the various parts of the Black Watch were operating; and gives some of the clearest short accounts of the Anglo-Boer War, of several of the big battles of the Western Front, of the Mesopotamian and Palestine campaigns, and then the retreat to St Valery and the North African campaign that I have come across anywhere. All that as well as wonderfully immediate accounts by participants of all ranks; and fascinating accounts of the post-1945 campaigns, not least of Afghanistan and Iraq and the tangled North Babil deployment.
an excellent historical compilation of the famous BLACK WATCH 1899 – 2006 by Victoria Schofield in her second volume and her writing is shown in the book itself as she shows just how famous the Regiment was in these years from its early formation in Perthshire . Victoria even was able to mention my namesake Uncle Lieutenant P W Anderson , 8th Black Watch and 10th Black Watch of WW1 and his cousin Acting Capt James B, Salmond , 7th Black Watch who later wrote the Book on the 51st Highland Div in WW2 . . Victoria wrote a well recorded book on the famous Regiment that is sadly merged and this book shows its famous history for future historians to read and record their special historical period of history around the world . I recommend Victoria Schofield to be awarded this award this year of 2018 .
The definitive account of a great regiment