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War Reporters: Martha Gellhorn

Seema Syeda appreciates the charm and chutzpah of indefatigable war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Having crossed the Atlantic to cover her first conflict, the Spanish Civil War, Gellhorn found herself in Czechoslovakia, just before the Nazi occupation of the region known to the Germans as the Sudetenland.

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REVIEW – The Vietnam War: an intimate history

By the time the Viet Cong flag was being raised across Saigon on 30 April 1975, the United States had spent the best part of 30 years conducting a programme of sustained financial, political, and military assaults against Vietnam in order to prevent the country from becoming a Communist state.

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The Battle of Prestonpans, 1745

Overshadowed by Culloden the following year – the battle that finally terminated the century-old Jacobite cause – Prestonpans is little known. Chris Bambery describes how an army of Highland Scots outmanoeuvred the Redcoats at the marshes of the Firth of Forth.

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Iron Age hillfort in danger of erosion

Archaeologists are working to uncover the secrets of a Roman hillfort near Caernarfon in north Wales. The coastal fort is believed to date back about 2,500 years, but is in danger of being totally eroded by the sea.

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The Ardennes, 1944

More than 4,000 square miles of hills and ridges, thickly forested, dissected by streams and rivers, its few roads punctuated by chokepoints. One of Western Europe’s ancient wildernesses. How was the Ardennes Offensive executed, and how did it accelerate the bitter end of one of history’s most brutal regimes?

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MHM Caption Competition: October 2019

Think of something appropriately witty for this image from our Behind the Image article, published in the October issue of Military History Matters. The best caption will be judged by the editorial team and published online! Winners will be announced in early November.

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MHM Competition: October 2019

This issue, we’re giving away three copies of Hunt The Bismarck, courtesy of Osprey. Drawing on expert research and first-hand accounts of the action, Hunt the Bismarck is a gripping and fast-paced narrative of World War II’s most dramatic naval chase. Bismarck entered service in the summer of 1940. She was well armed, with eight […]

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Found: the bow of the USS Grunion

The USS Grunion was a Gato-class submarine that was sunk at Kiska, Alaska, during World War II. Operating near the Aleutian Islands, the submarine reported that it had been attacked by Japanese antisubmarine patrols, but had managed to avoid sinking. Later moving to Kiska Island, from which it was based throughout July 1942, the Grunion […]

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Churchill’s wartime visitor book available online

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Churchill War Rooms becoming operational, Imperial War Museums has digitised the original visitor book containing the names of numerous well-known visitors, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, General Dwight D Eisenhower, Winston Churchill himself, and Clement Attlee.

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