Leading military historian Richard Holmes describes the struggle for Hougoumont during the Battle of Waterloo, and explains why the historic farm-complex, now under threat of collapse, must be preserved. The Duke of Wellington maintained that it was as difficult to write the history of a battle as the history of a ball. The inherent […]
Samurai grab your swords: the Total War game franchise is heading back to Japan for it’s next strategy sequel.
The Sengoku Period, or Warring States Period, was a time of social upheaval and constant military conflict from the middle of the 15th century to the beginning of the 17th century.
On the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, David Williams writes that it was the Southerners themselves who brought down the Confederacy: ‘More has been published about the American Civil War than any other era in US history. But for all that has been written about the war, one is astonished at how little we […]
On the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Ken Burns writes that it was American Civil War that made America what it is today. ‘Before the war, in speaking about our country, we said “The United States are” – plural. We saw ourselves as a union, a stitched-together collection of states, a “many” thing. After […]
1. Spitfires were used as reconnaissance aircraft, as here, where a camera is being loaded before a mission. 2. Later marks of Spitfire were sometimes given specially designed wings – Bs, Cs, or Es – capable of mounting cannon. 3. The Seafire Mark III was a Spitfire specially adapted for naval service on aircraft-carriers. 4. Spitfires saw […]
A masterpiece of aerodynamic engineering, the Spitfire was among the finest fighter aircraft of the Second World War. Military archaeologist Keith Robinson celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Spitfire’s iconic design.
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It was 150 years ago on 12 April 1861, that the guns opened fire at Fort Sumter, marking the start of America’s bloodiest war. We have asked several notable writers to give their viewpoints on the American Civil War, starting with Peter Tsouras and his belief that it was British arms that sustained the Confederacy […]