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Prince Albert and reform of the Victorian Army

Queen Victoria’s husband was not a military man. But the Crimea turned him into a zealous army reformer. As an armchair strategist, Prince Albert displayed an acute insight into the basic realities of the Crimean conflict. ‘Russia is not to be conquered,’ he wrote to his brother Ernest in Germany, ‘but financially she can be […]

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What is the significance of the Dambusters legend?

MHM Editor Neil Faulkner analyses the RAF’s controversial strategic bombing campaign. What is the real significance of the Dambusters legend? James Holland and I clashed on this question on the BBC radio air-waves on 17 May 2013, the 70th anniversary of Operation Chastise, the famous bouncing-bomb raid on the Möhne, Eder, and Sorpe dams. We both agreed […]

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Churchill: ‘Blood, toil, tears, and sweat’

What’s that quote on the new £5 note? The phrase ‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat’ is featured under the portrait of Winston Churchill, and it is a quote from Churchill’s first speech to the House of Commons, which he gave on 13 May 1940. Delivering his speech during the Battle […]

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MHM 81 – June 2017

The June issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. To subscribe to the magazine click here. To access the digital edition click here. In this issue: WWI Balkan Blitzkriegs Combined German, Austrian, and Bulgarian forces wreaked destruction on Serbia and Romania during the First World War. In this month’s 15-page special, we […]

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Theatre: The Wipers Times by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

‘The War is not funny, Sir.’ – Colonel Howfield. ‘I’ve a feeling that may be the point.’ – General Mitford. Seema Syeda reviews Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s hit sensation, The Wipers Times. Lovers of satire, puns, and slap-stick comedy will delight in this new gem of a play from writers Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, The Wipers […]

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WWII Berlin in photographs

The Battle of Berlin, fought between 16 April and 2 May 1945, was the last major European offensive of the Second World War. The 17-day Soviet assault centred on the German capital, which suffered a total of 363 air raids during the war. By May 1945, 1.7 million people had fled the city. Here, MHM takes a […]

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10 things you didn’t know about the Norman conquest of Ireland

Most people are familiar with the tumultuous events of England in 1066, but how much do you know about ‘the other Norman conquest’, launched a century after the Battle of Hastings? In spring of 1169, a small band of Normans set sail from South Wales bound for Ireland, landing in May of that same year. This […]

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5 key reasons Churchill lost the 1945 general election

Despite a succession of victories during the Second World War, Conservative leader Winston Churchill faced a crushing defeat in Britain’s 1945 general election – one of the most astonishing political events in British history. Churchill’s approval rating was 83% just months prior to his loss, but in an unexpected landslide victory Clement Attlee’s Labour party swept to power […]

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MHM 80 – May 2017

The May issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. To subscribe to the magazine click here. To access the digital edition click here. In this issue: Europe’s Thirty Years War With a death-toll approximating 8 million, the Thirty Years War was one of Europe’s deadliest conflicts. Yet, overshadowed by the […]

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Churchill’s Great Escape

Patrick Boniface examines the lives of history’s most daring wartime captives. In November 1899, the 25-year-old Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was travelling in an armoured train transiting between Frere and Chieveley, in the British colony of Natal in South Africa. The soldiers were making a fast reconnoitre of the territory, and Churchill was there to send […]

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