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.


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, […]


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?


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 […]


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.


MHM April Caption Competition

Think of something appropriately witty for this image from our feature on the Normandy breakout, published in the April 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 April.


[Competition Closed] MHM April Quiz – win a copy of Spomenik Monument Database

This issue, we’re giving away three copies of the Spomenik Monument Database, courtesy of FUEL. Spomenik – the Serbo-Croat/Slovenian word for ‘monument’ – refers to a series of memorials built in Tito’s Republic of Yugoslavia from the 1960s to the 1990s, marking the horror of the occupation and the defeat of Axis forces there during […]


After D-Day: the Normandy breakout, 1944

Blockbuster movies have been made about the legendary D-Day landings, but little attention is paid to what happened afterwards. Although the Allies succeeded in puncturing the German Atlantic Wall, a long campaign of bitter fighting through the fields and hedgerows of the Normandy countryside –otherwise known as the bocage – lay ahead. How were the Germans brought to final defeat?


MHM March Quiz – win a copy of How to Survive in the Georgian Navy

This issue, we’re giving away three copies of How to Survive in the Georgian Navy: a sailor’s guide, courtesy of Osprey. Rigidly organised and harshly disciplined, the Georgian Royal Navy was an orderly and efficient fighting force that played a major role in Great Britain’s wars of the 18th and early 19th centuries. This concise, […]


Grant and the Overland Campaign

Grant’s conduct of the Overland Campaign has sometimes been criticised as bludgeoning – lacking in tactical finesse, restricted to frontal attacks, callous about casualties. But is this assessment fair? Neil Faulkner weighs up the debate.

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