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MHM October/November 2021

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The October/November 2021 issue of Military History Matters, the British military history magazine, is out now.

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The front cover of MHM 124, the October/November 2021 issue.

IN THIS ISSUE:
Alexander the Great

The story of Alexander the Great is a story of military conquest for its own sake. So far from being, as Clausewitz would have it, politics by other means, Alexander’s campaigns were an end in themselves. Devoid of any redemptive vision of his own, he simply took over the existing set-up. In our special this time, Graham Goodlad charts Alexander’s career, while Neil Faulkner analyses the Battle of Gaugamela, his greatest victory and an all-time tactical masterpiece.

Killing Reinhard Heydrich: Operation Anthropoid

Graham Goodlad describes the May 1942 assassination of one of the Third Reich’s most sinister figures, and its bloody aftermath

Sir John Moore and the Battle of Corunna

Andrew Mulholland analyses a masterful tactical defence by one of the finest British commanders of the Napoleonic Wars

Firing the generals: Churchill versus the men of 1940

Nigel Jones concludes his two-part series with an exploration of Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s relationship with the British generals in World War II

Rorke’s Drift: Why did the Zulus lose?

Chris Peers, author of a new minute-by-minute study of the fighting on 22 January 1879, analyses the extraordinary endurance of the mission-station garrison

Also in this issue:

The latest in a new series on classic military history booksBehind the ImageWar CultureBook ReviewsMuseum ReviewBack to the Drawing Board, Listings, Competitions, and more.

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MHM editor Neil Faulkner

From the editor:

The example of Alexander the Great has mesmerised generals, historians, and artists for 2,300 years. Dead at the age of 32, he had conquered an empire that extended for 3,000 miles across Asia in the space of just 13 years. The Romans eventually conquered a similar expanse, but it took them 300 years.

In our special this time, we analyse the Macedonian military system and the character and brilliance of Alexander as strategist and tactician. We then take a detailed look at the Battle of Gaugamela of 331 BC, Alexander’s greatest victory and an all-time tactical masterpiece.

Elsewhere in this issue, Andrew Mulholland analyses Sir John Moore’s masterful defensive battle against French troops at Corunna in 1809, and Chris Peers explains why ‘rifle-and-bayonet’ defeated ‘spear-and-shield’ in the iconic colonial encounter at Rorke’s Drift in 1879.

Following on from his article last time on the fraught history between President Lincoln and General McClellan, Nigel Jones takes a critical look at Winston Churchill’s relationship with the British generals in the early part of the Second World War.

Finally, Graham Goodlad analyses Operation Anthropoid, when the Czech Resistance assassinated SS butcher Reinhard Heydrich, the so-called ‘Hangman of Prague’, in the summer of 1942, and its bloody aftermath.


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