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MHM Caption Competition: November 2019

Can you think of something appropriately witty for this image taken from our War Reporters article about William Beach Thomas, featured in the November issue of the magazine? Leave your caption as a comment beneath the article.

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Worcester battlefield located by archaeologists

It was the last battle of the British Civil Wars – a final clash between 28,000 men of Cromwell’s New Model Army and 16,000 Royalists, most of them Scots, under Charles Stuart, son of the executed king. Only now, however, has the actual battle site been confirmed by archaeological discoveries.

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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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