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MHM August Caption Competition

Think of something appropriately witty for this image from our feature on the Bombay Grenadiers at Maiwand, published in the August issue of Military History Matters. Leave your caption as a comment below. The best caption will be judged by the editorial team and published online! Winners will be announced in early September.

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MHM August Quiz

This issue, we’re giving away three copies of Arms and Armour of the English Civil Wars. The English Civil Wars tore families and friendships apart, setting father against son and brother against brother. Raging across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the conflict was the greatest political upheaval in the British Isles in 600 years, and […]

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Operation Market Garden

The world’s largest ever airborne operation was launched during September 1944, with less than a week of planning. This was one of many ingredients in what, for the Allies, would become a major strategic setback. What went wrong?

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Julius Caesar: Europe’s greatest military commander?

The story of Julius Caesar’s military career is that of a special relationship between a brilliant commander and an elite fighting force. Caesar was a skilled politician and a master of military engineering. Highly drilled, heavily armoured, and tightly disciplined, the legions of the Late Republic were superb instruments of war. We analyse how Caesar used them to devastating effect.

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War Reporters: William Howard Russell

Seema Syeda on battlefield scoops throughout the ages. William Howard Russell was one of the most prolific and revolutionary journalists of his time. Best known for his reporting on the Crimean War, he narrated the events of the ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’, and Tennyson wrote his celebrated poem of the same name – now […]

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The Troubles: Northern Ireland, 1968-1998

The wounds are still raw. It was a bitter conflict, it left many grieving, and it remains well within living memory. But that does not mean that military historians should not study it and attempt to understand it. Patrick Mercer analyses the strategy, tactics, and history of Northern Ireland’s protracted war.

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MHM June Quiz – win a D-Day clicker

This issue, we’re giving away three engraved replica clickers, courtesy of ACME. Clickers were a vital piece of survival equipment for paratroopers ahead of the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944. Used by the 101st Airborne Division, they enabled paratroopers to test whether nearby movements were generated by friend or foe. This month, ACME Whistles, […]

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Yi Sun-sin: history’s greatest admiral

When we think of great naval commanders, Nelson immediately comes to mind. He fought 13 battles, winning 8. Admiral Yi Sun-sin fought 23 battles against Japan between 1592 and 1598, and won every one of them without losing a single ship. In 14 of these battles, moreover, not a single Japanese ship survived. How did he accomplish so much, and why was Japan unable to defeat him?

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MHM May Quiz – win a copy of HMS Belfast Pocket Manual

This issue, we’re giving away three copies of the HMS Belfast Pocket Manual, courtesy of Osprey. A familiar sight on the Thames at London Bridge, HMS Belfast is a Royal Navy light cruiser, launched in March 1938. Belfast was part of the British naval blockade against Germany, and from November 1942 escorted Arctic convoys to […]

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MHM Book of the Year 2019 – Winners Announced

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.

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