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Stalin

Stalin Facts: 10 little known facts

Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator, is encased by myth and legend. He could be, at turns, both charming and chillingly ruthless.  Millions died under his direct orders; even his closest allies and compatriots.  It was Stalin, after all, who said “I trust no-one, not even myself.” His purge of Russian generals was so proficient and total that it […]

Cannon

Broadside Cannon

There can have been few sights as frightful as the dull gaze of the 32 pounders of a ship’s broadside as it turned to face you. Weighing in at 3.5 tonnes and capable of firing at a muzzle velocity of 487 metres per second, these vast cannon were the most important and imposing naval armaments […]

The World At War – Boxset Review

Military Classics: Jeremy Isaacs’ The World at War (1973) Military Times reviews the classic award-winning TV documentary series, about to be reissued in high-definition on Blu-Ray and DVD. In May 1964, the BBC made television history by broadcasting the first in their new 26-part series The Great War. Comprising weekly episodes of 40 minutes each […]

Jacobean State Torture and Execution

Military Times assesses some of the corporal punishment techniques employed by the English government in the time of Guy Fawkes, during its ‘war on terror’. State Torture The manacles The English Protestant state employed two forms of torture in its ‘war on terror’ in the early 17th century. The manacles were used to suspend victims […]

Cromwell-Monument

Naseby: Then and Now – Battlefield

Martin Marix Evans describes the scene of the New Model Army’s victory over King Charles and Prince Rupert on 14 June 1645. The 17th century campaign was beset with difficulties. Moving through the countryside was hard to plan, given the lack of maps and knowledge of your enemy’s location. The condition of roads and bridges […]

Flodden Field and the Campaign of 1513

John Sadler takes us on a tour around Flodden Field, and explains how the terrain played such a major part in the campaign. The Battle of Flodden was fought because Henry VIII planned to invade France in 1513 in support of the Habsburg Emperor. His fear was that his brother-in-law, James IV of Scotland, an […]

The Battle of Turnham Green Remembered

Military Times remembers the Battle of Turnham Green, the strategically significant English Civil War confrontation, which celebrates its anniversary this weekend. 11th November is traditionally associated with the Day of Armistice 1918, when the Great War finally ended, after five gruelling years of turmoil and suffering.  When considering the huge-death toll and global devastation of […]