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Rise of the Spartans: Timeline

Journey from the original Olympic games to the defeat of the Spartan juggernaut in this extract from our latest 15-page special on the rise of Sparta.   c.776 BC: Traditional foundation date for Olympic Games c.750 BC: Homer’s epics The Iliad and The Odyssey composed c.700 BC: Sparta conquers Messenia c.650 BC: Messenian Revolt followed by Spartan Reconquest […]

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Passchendaele centenary commemorations

  The UK Government is holding two commemorative events in Ypres, Belgium, to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres), fought during the First World War. Raging from 31 July to 10 November 1917, Passchendaele is widely remembered as one of the most hellish battles of the war. While it […]

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MHM 78 – March 2017

The March issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. In this issue we cover: American Bomber  This month, we consider the experience of the US 8th Air Force during the Second World War. Guy de la Bédoyère focuses on the combat experience, while John Henry Phillips discusses the cultural interactions […]

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MHM Illustrated Book of the Year – nominees

The winners of the MHM Book Awards 2017 have now been announced. The winners are as follows: MHM BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER – GOLD AWARD Sea Eagles of Empire: the Classis Britannica and the battles for Britain by Simon Elliott   This masterly text surveys the little-known story of the naval forces of the Roman […]

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MHM Book of the Year – nominees

The winners of the MHM Book Awards 2017 have now been announced. The winners are as follows: MHM BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER – GOLD AWARD Sea Eagles of Empire: the Classis Britannica and the battles for Britain by Simon Elliott   This masterly text surveys the little-known story of the naval forces of the Roman […]

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Great Escapes: Roger Bushell

Patrick Boniface examines the lives of history’s most daring wartime captives. Roger Joyce Bushell was born on 30 August 1910 in Springs, Transvaal, in South Africa. His parents had moved to South Africa to pursue business interests in the mining industry. Roger received a first-class education there until the age of 14, when he transferred […]

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Military history events – February 2017

MHM‘s round-up of the best military history events, exhibitions, and lectures this February. THEATRE Beware of Pity 9-12 February 2017 Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS www.barbican.org.uk 020 7638 8891 £16-40 Based on Stefan Zweig’s 1939 novel of the same title, Simon McBurney’s production of Beware of Pity tells the story of one young […]

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Blitzed: drugs in Nazi Germany

Hitler almost died of a cocaine overdose, and the Wehrmacht’s blitzkrieg was powered by methamphetamine. These are just two of the areas of investigation in Blitzed, Norman Ohler’s study of the massive pharmacological intake at all levels of the Nazi war-machine. Ohler begins by detailing the widespread availability of cocaine and morphine in early 20th-century […]

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Shifting Sands: Lawrence of Arabia and the Great Arab Revolt

Shifting Sands is an exhibition about T E Lawrence, probably known to most of us as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. The title inevitably conjures up pictures of desert sands whipped up into fierce sandstorms by violent winds. There is, however, a subtler subtext, linked to Lawrence’s mindset, to the shifting sands of his personality. Both of […]

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[Competition closed] MHM Quiz: Win a copy of Escape From Colditz !

This month, three lucky readers have the chance to win the classic strategy game Escape From Colditz, courtesy of Osprey Games. Escape From Colditz is a historical board game devised by real-life Colditz Castle escapee Major Pat Reid, who was held captive in the Renaissance fortress when it served as a high-security German PoW camp during the Second World War. Major Reid was one […]

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