MHM Book of the Year 2020 – Winners Announced!

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The ballots have been cast, the votes have been counted, and we are delighted to announce the winners of the MHM Book Awards. We carefully curated a list of 2019’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.

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Sponsor of the MHM Book of the Year award 2020

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You can read reviews of all 12 of the nominated books here



Normandy ’44: D-Day and the battle for France

By James Holland
Published by Bantam Press

The Gold Award for MHM Book of the Year 2020 goes to James Holland’s Normandy ’44: D-Day and the battle for France. Last June saw the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a monumental event that marked the beginning of the end of the Third Reich’s control of continental Europe. Holland recounts the dramatic events through the experiences of individuals, providing a fresh perspective on an old story.


Fighting the People’s War: the British and Commonwealth armies and the Second World War

By Jonathan Fennell
Published by Cambridge University Press

This complete history of the Commonwealth Armies before World War II focuses on the morale of the vast array of soldiers. Well written and accessible, it contains a wealth of fresh information, with Fennell giving revelatory insights into subjects with which readers previously may have believed they were familiar.


Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill, and the road to war

By Tim Bouverie
Published by Bodley Head

The policy of appeasement and the Munich Crisis do not lack for coverage in the annals of British history. Yet, in Appeasing Hitler, Tim Bouverie triumphs by providing an original account of the arguably disastrous policy that led to World War II, a story heightened by his thriller-like writing style.

Thank you to everyone who took part in voting this year. To find out more about the magazine and how to subscribe, click here.

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