MHM Book of the Year 2023 – 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 curated a list of the best military history titles of 2022, 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.

You can read reviews of all 12 nominated books here.

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The Lighthouse of Stalingrad: the hidden truth at the centre of WWII’s greatest battle

Iain MacGregor
Little, Brown

Soon after a young Soviet sergeant called Yakov Pavlov led the capture of an apartment block in the heart of Stalingrad in late 1942, myths began to proliferate around what became a vital Russian stronghold. With new archive material, Iain MacGregor takes a critical look at the history of ‘Pavlov’s lighthouse’ and of the wider battle in this superb account.

Click here to read the full review.


Armour of the English Knight, 1450-1500

Tobias Capwell
Thomas Del Mar Ltd

The English armourers of the 15th century were great craftsmen, artists, and innovators. That is the essential conclusion of Tobias Capwell’s monumental study of the armour of the English knight in this period. On reading his book, it takes only a little imagination to be transported into the maelstrom of close-quarters killing at Towton, Barnet, or Bosworth.

Click here to read the full review.


Dünkirchen 1940: the German view of Dunkirk

Robert Kershaw

The ‘miracle of Dunkirk’ is lauded in British history, celebrated each year with a profusion of TV documentaries and memorial services. But Robert Kershaw argues that the lack of a German perspective means we have only a partial understanding of the famous moment of deliverance. In this riveting book, he explains what new research tells us about a battle that changed the tide of the Second World War.

Click here to read an extract.

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