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CONFLICT SCIENTISTS – Robert Oppenheimer

Biography Born: April 22, 1904 New York Married: Katherine Puening Harrison in 1940 Fields: Theoretical physics Institutions: University of California, Berkeley, California Institute of Technology, Los Alamos Laboratory, Institute for Advanced Study. Died: February 18 1967 Princeton, New Jersey In the 1930s theoretical physics was a cerebral battlefield. Europe was in a scientific conflict with North […]

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Shell Shock

The term ‘shell shock’ was first used by military doctors in early 1915 to describe the physical ailments of a nervous breakdown. Initially, it was thought the cause was concussion of the brain by shock waves from a shell landing nearby. Before long, it came to sum up a broad range of symptoms, ranging from stuttering incoherently to being struck completely dumb (mutism); from being temporarily blinded to the […]

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Great Commanders – Yamashita

Graham Goodlad reviews the career of Tomoyuki Yamashita, ‘the Tiger of Malaya’, who was responsible for the fall of Singapore in 1942.

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THE GREAT WAR DEBATE 2014

On 27 October 2014, four military history experts will meet at the Royal United Services Institute to debate the question: Was Britain right to fight in 1914? Was it a necessary sacrifice or just futile slaughter? A war for peace and security, or a war for empire and profit?  MHM editor Neil Faulkner will team up with historian […]

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BEHIND THE IMAGE – L’infanterie Cycliste

The region of Meaux came dangerously close to being occupied by the advancing German army in September 1914. The German onslaught had already laid waste to the surrounding villages of Chambry, Barcy, Montyon, Varreddes, and Chauconin-Neufmontier, where this image was taken. Meaux was well within their sights, and as the Germans approached, the residents of […]

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Britain Goes to War: 4 August 1914

To mark Britain’s momentous declaration of war 100 years ago today, MHM  has created this graphic study of the country’s military as it prepared for war. To get a better view of the facts and figures, click on the images below.  This is an extract from the full article, published in issue 46 of Military History Monthly.  

War-Culture

WAR CULTURE – Nevinson’s prints

In conjunction with a new exhibition opening at Osborne Samuel gallery, MHM  looks at some of CRW Nevinson’s most celebrated war-time works of art. Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson was a noted British war artist, whose predilection for representing the mechanical nature of war set him apart from many of his wartime contemporaries. Having opted to […]

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Behind the Image – Society at War

French Women Munition Workers   A narrow corridor leads into the distance between serried ranks of shells. The slightly elevated viewpoint exaggerates the narrowing of the corridor until it almost vanishes a third of the way from the top of the photograph, and a third in from the right. This is a classic composition that […]

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Battle of the River Plate: Ship Specifications

On 13 December 1939, while Britain was living through a ‘Phoney War’ at home, in the waters off the River Plate a vicious sea battle was being played out, pitting three small cruisers against the pride of Germany’s Navy: the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee. The Battle of the River Plate has acquired, over the subsequent […]

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