Patrick Mercer recalls a gruelling mountain assault by one of America’s most illustrious infantry units. My father fought throughout the Italian campaign and I can remember him saying to me, ‘It is the side which is less frightened who wins.’ That is why I have chosen to base this article on Lloyd M Wells’s book […]
A century ago, between 8 August and 11 November 1918, after four years of trench stalemate, the Allied armies on the Western Front went onto the offensive, broke through the enemy line, and maintained their advance for three months until the German Army had been brought to final defeat. How was it done? Debate has raged ever since about the combination of factors that delivered Allied victory in the autumn of 1918.
Last month, we asked you to think of something appropriately witty for this image from our feature on Roland at Roncesvalles, published in the November issue of Military History Monthly. We are delighted to announce the winners. WINNER ‘Charlemagne was really enjoying the new Van de Graaff generator he received for Christmas.’ — Francis Mulberry RUNNER […]
William Kentridge’s The Head and the Load brings to light the experiences of 1.5 million African porters during the First World War. Seema Syeda reports. The past year has seen a whole raft of performance art, poignant memoir, and academic enquiry proliferate across the world stage in commemoration of the centenary of the end of the […]
Patrick Boniface on the deaths in combat of regal warriors. On 17 June 1682, the Swedish Prince Charles, also known as Carl, became King of Sweden at the age of 15 following the death of his father, Charles XI. During his 36-year reign, Sweden would go on to lose between 10% and 20% of its population […]
Since the 15th century, conventional explosives have been used in ever-increasing quantities against key targets. David Porter traces some of the most spectacular episodes in war on land, air, and sea.
The Battle of Hastings in 1066 was not only a seminal event in British history, it is also widely regarded as a turning point in military history: the moment when a ‘Dark Age’ way of war based on heavy infantry gave way to a ‘medieval’ way of war based on armoured cavalry. But was this really so? Shift the focus from Hastings, and events take on a new aspect.
Last month, we asked you to think of something appropriately witty for this image from our feature on the Battle of Tunis, 1943, published in the October issue of Military History Monthly. We are delighted to announce the winners. WINNER ‘Unfortunately for those down below, the Field Marshal had decided to go Half Monty that day.’ – […]
Three lucky readers have the chance to win a Historic Warbirds calendar, published by Workman. Battles that altered the course of history. Missions that made servicemen into heroes. Aircraft that brought the Allies to victory. From the renowned military experts at Osprey Publishing, an awe-inspiring and ingeniously designed new calendar explores military aircraft from 1939 to […]
Teddy Cutler reflects on the magic and madness of the First World War in a review of Square Rounds, now showing at Finborough Theatre, London. Throughout the second act of Square Rounds, Tony Harrison’s play that was first staged at the National Theatre in October 1992, the characters speak, and sometimes sing, a curious refrain. […]