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Marlborough and Eugene

The late Richard Holmes considered Marlborough to be Britain’s greatest general. He was probably right. But, like many great commanders, Marlborough was paired with a man of comparable calibre: Prince Eugene of Savoy. So outstanding were Eugene’s talents that Napoleon listed him among history’s top seven generals. Together, the two men shaped a continent.

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The Vietnam War

MHM Editor Neil Faulkner reviews Ken Burns’ new 18-hour blockbuster The Vietnam War, and compares it to three other great TV war documentaries of the last half-century. What was most shocking about Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War ? It wasn’t the atrocities. It wasn’t the Vietcong prisoner murdered in cold blood on the streets of Saigon. It wasn’t […]

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POW camp in danger of demolition

A prisoner-of-war camp dating to the Second World War is in danger of being demolished. PoW Camp 116 was set up in Hatfield Heath, Essex, in 1941 to house Italian prisoners-of-war, and in 1943 and 1944 it mainly held German and Austrian inmates. But the existence of the camp has been called into question by […]

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MHM 92 Caption Competition WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Thank you to everyone who entered the MHM 92 Caption Competition! We asked you to come up with a witty caption for the image below, taken from our special feature on Britannia. After long deliberation, and a great deal of guffaw, the editorial team are delighted to announce the winners! WINNER ‘This cold, wet Britannia […]

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MHM Quiz – win a copy of Empire of Guns by Priya Satia

Three lucky winners of our competition will receive a copy of Empire of Guns by Priya Satia. From the 17th to the 19th century, Britain was transforming from an agricultural and artisanal economy to one dominated by industry and machine. The industrial revolution – with the resulting growth in technology, trade, and exports – put […]

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Shell shock cover-up at Passchendaele

Taylor Downing reveals an official cover-up of mental illness in the later years of the war. It was not just the scale of the physical casualties that overwhelmed the British Army in the summer of 1916 on the Somme, terrible though these were – 38,000 wounded to be processed through medical facilities on the first day […]

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Krystyna Skarbek: the SOE’s silent killer

Clare Mulley on the daring exploits of a highly decorated WWII special agent.   Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, was the first woman to work for Britain as a special agent during the Second World War. She was also the longest-serving. Her extraordinary contribution to the Allied effort in three theatres of the war led […]

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The Matabele Wars

We know the story. Goaded into a hopeless war by an expanding colonial empire, thousands of warriors rise against their oppressors – and inadvertently spawn a legend. There is a twist: this action takes place in present-day Zimbabwe. While we are very familiar with the struggle for South Africa and the desperate encounters at Isandhlwana, Rorke’s Drift, and Ulundi during the Zulu War of 1879, this was only the beginning of a generation of brutal conflict across the ‘dark continent’.

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MHM June Quiz – win a copy of Sudden Strike 4: European battlefields edition

Three lucky winners have the chance to win a copy of Sudden Strike 4: European battlefields edition. The heavyweight World War II real-time strategy game has finally arrived on Xbox One! Sudden Strike 4: European battlefields edition offers fans the ultimate war-game collection, containing the main game Sudden Strike 4, plus add-ons Battle of Kursk, Sudden Strike 4: Road to Dunkirk, and Finland – Winter Storm, as well […]

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