MHM Competition: February/March

This issue, we’re giving away three copies of Bluebottle Goes to War, courtesy of Uniform. Bluebottle Goes to War tells the story of Peter Sellers’ years in Royal Air Force Entertainment Units, known as ‘Gang Shows’, during the Second World War. One of the biggest stars of the 1960s and ’70s, Sellers’ career began with […]


MHM Caption Competition: February 2021

Can you think of something appropriately witty for this image taken from our article on Rodney, Howe, and the rise of British seapower, from the February/March 2021 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 […]


Back to the Drawing Board: Vasa

Although Vasa was designed and built by an experienced Dutch shipbuilder, Henrik Hybertsson, she was larger than any vessel he had previously worked on.


War Athletes: Clem Lewis

In his poem ‘Dulce et decorum est’, Wilfred Owen reflects upon his experiences in World War One to capture the horrors of trench warfare. The haunting imagery describes an especially chilling glimpse of those afflicted by poison gas – men such as Welsh rugby star ‘Clem’ Lewis.


BEHIND THE IMAGE: Wartime Christmas

As they enjoy their sparse meal at Beaumont-Hamel on 25 December 1916, the men seem indifferent to a fellow soldier’s grave just inches away.


War of Words – ‘trench warfare’

Because of the unrelenting ferocity of trench warfare, the term has also come to mean a fierce, grinding contest of a non-military nature. ‘This … law was … struck down after years of expensive trench warfare in the courts,’ went one recent example.


REVIEW – Lancaster: the forging of a very British legend

Penned by former RAF Navigator and Gulf War veteran John Nichol, Lancaster is one of the most enthralling aviation history books I have read. But its succinct title does not do it justice. Its pages narrate not only the history of the legendary bomber but also of those who flew her.

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