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The Military History Behind the Vagrancy Act

The 1824 Vagrancy Act – which criminalises rough sleeping – has become the subject of public debate after Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK’s Labour Party, committed to repeal it in the event of a Labour government. A parliamentary debate on the Act, organised by Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, is due to take place in March. With the recent rise in homelessness across the […]

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Royal Deaths: John the Blind

Patrick Boniface on the deaths in battle of regal warriors. According to a popular Czech tradition, before he committed himself to combat in a battle already lost, King John the Blind said, ‘God forbid that a Bohemian king should ever flee from a fight.’ Jang de Blannen (John the Blind) was born on 10 August […]

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The Cuban Revolution

The Cuban Revolution of January 1959, the Bay of Pigs Invasion of April 1961, and the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 were events of worldwide significance. All three of these events were, in very different ways, remarkable military collisions. Marking the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, we take a detailed look at this epic struggle against the odds.

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MHM February 2019

The February issue of Military History Matters, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. To subscribe to the magazine, click here. To subscribe to the digital archive, click here. In this issue: Geronimo: the Apache guerrilla In our cover feature, David Norris charts the extraordinary resistance of a Native American war-leader who was eventually outnumbered 400 to one. […]

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MHM February Caption Competition – Winners Announced!

Last month, we asked you to think of something appropriately witty for this image from our feature on Alfred Munnings, published in the February issue of Military History Matters. We are delighted to announce the winners. WINNER ‘This incident was definitely worth logging.’ — William Arthurs RUNNERS UP ‘There’s simply no trace of where that tank went […]

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The Siege of Ladysmith: a video tour

The siege of Ladysmith during the Anglo-Boer war is the stuff of legends. The Boers had surrounded General Sir George White and his troops since the start of November 1899, but they had been generally inactive and unwilling to launch a frontal assault on the town. That changed on 6 January 1900, when the biggest engagement […]

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War Requiem

Dan Keane reviews Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, a key highlight of the London Coliseum’s 2018/2019 season. It is difficult for any artist to find an appropriate medium to convey the immensity of pain generated by war. Such is the task of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, first performed in 1962 to mark the consecration of the […]

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MHM January Caption Competition

Think of something appropriately witty for this image from our feature on Churchill at the Admiralty, published in the January 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 February.  

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