Military Classics


New Ways of War by Tom Wintringham

We look at a rich mix of militia tactics and anti-fascist politics in a British bestseller from the dark days of 1940. Tom Wintringham’s New Ways of War was a response to the acute national crisis Britain faced in the summer of 1940. He sums it up himself in the opening lines: ‘In September 1939, […]


The Command of the Air by Giulio Douhet : a Military Times Classic

The Command of the Air is the  greatest military treatise on air war ever written – a dogmatic manifesto promising victory through strategic bombing. Giulio Douhet (1869-1930), air war’s greatest prophet, ought to have been a First World War fighter ace. In fact, he may never have learnt to fly. He was an army officer, […]


Small Wars by Colonel C E Callwell : a Military Times Classic

We review Colonel C E Callwell’s famous Late Victorian counter-insurgency manual, Small Wars: Their Principles and Practice. The military academies are buzzing with counter-insurgency theory. Recent wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Somalia, Lebanon, Gaza, and elsewhere are putting a premium on anti-guerrilla doctrine. Little wonder, then, that Colonel C E Callwell’s Small Wars, a century-old manual […]


The Art of War by Sun Tzu : a Military Times Classic

A classic text on the conduct of warfare, and one of the oldest and most successful of all military treatises. Is war profoundly varied and changeable, or are its basic principles eternal? The answer, as any reading of Sun-Tzu’s The Art of War makes clear, is both. No general today need concern himself with the […]