The ballots have been cast, the votes have been counted, and we are delighted to announce the winners of the MHM Book Awards 2019. We carefully curated a list of 2018’s best military-history titles and asked you, our readers, to vote for your favourite. Our selection included some of the best researched, most insightful, and most readable titles reviewed and featured in the magazine over the last year.
The results were announced at Senate House in London on 8 March as part of Current Archaeology Live! 2019, the annual two-day conference run by our sister-magazine Current Archaeology.
MHM BOOK OF THE YEAR
WINNER – GOLD AWARD
The Last Battle: endgame on the Western Front, 1918
By Peter Hart
Published by Profile Books
The Gold Award for MHM Book of the Year 2019 goes to Peter Hart’s The Last Battle: endgame on the Western Front, 1918. In the autumn of 1918, the reformed British Army played a major role in the total defeat of the German Army. Read The Last Battle and you will never forget this. Compelling and stylishly written, Hart’s book is an immensely important corrective to the normal obsession with the Somme and Passchendaele.
WINNER – SILVER AWARD
Masters of Mayhem: Lawrence of Arabia and the British military mission to the Hejaz
By James Stejskal
Published by Casemate
Written with great accuracy, detail, enthusiasm, and insight, Masters of Mayhem recounts the evolution of Allied combined operations against the Ottoman forces in the Hejaz. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Stejskal provides a new perspective on the well-trodden story of the Arab Revolt.
WINNER – BRONZE AWARD
The Other Norfolk Admirals: Myngs, Narbrough, and Shovell
By Simon Harris
Published by Helion
Much more than a biography of three admirals, this is a superb account of the British Navy from Cromwell to Queen Anne. Shedding new light on an often overlooked era of naval history, it is written in a style as edifying as it is entertaining, by an author with an impressive naval pedigree.
The MHM Book Awards are sponsored by Osprey Publishing. Osprey Publishing, part of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, is the leading publisher of illustrated military history. Now in its 50th year, Osprey has published thousands of titles on a range of subjects from ancient times to the present day.