MHM 50 – November 2014

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CoverThe November issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is on sale today.

In this special 50th issue we cover:

The Wars of the Roses
MHM deconstructs the 15th-century dynastic struggle between the rival houses of Lancaster and York, with a special focus on the Battle of Barnet in  1471, a study of the strategy and tactics of the time, and a character-analysis of the vilified King Richard III.

Winston the Warrior – Churchill on the Western Front
Stephen Miles explores a seminal period in Churchill’s life when he served as first a cabinet minister, then a battalion officer.

Battle of the Aisne – Impasse and the birth of trench warfare
British soldiers encounter the German trenches in 1914. Hugh Macdonald-Buchanan investigates.

Yamashita – Greatest Japanese commander of WWI?
Graham Goodlad assesses the military career of ‘The Tiger of Malaya’.

Rome’s unbeaten rival – Soldiers of the Sassanian Empire
Kaveh Farrokh evaluates new evidence surrounding the military achievements of the Sassanids.


Also in this issue: Behind the Image, Thinkers at War, War Culture, Museum Review, War on Film, Event Listings, Book Reviews, Top 5, and much more.

From the editor

Neil Faulkner, Editor

It lasted three hours, from dawn until breakfast, and the heavy fog never lifted that day in 1471. When it ended, ‘the Kingmaker’ was dead, the Lancastrian cause shattered, and Edward of York confirmed on his throne.

Did the Battle of Barnet matter? Were not the Wars of the Roses a clumsy dynastic struggle between two selfinterested aristocratic factions?

Our special this month explores these issues and the English art of war in the late 15th century. It also offers a thorough analysis of Barnet, taking us to the heart of battle as experienced by the archers, gunners, and men-at-arms.

Among those men was the 18-year-old Richard, Duke of Gloucester, the future King Richard III, fighting his first battle, in command on the Yorkist right. How did he fare? And, more generally, how should we judge him in the context of his age and of the war that both created him and ultimately destroyed him?

Also this issue, Kaveh Farrokh analyses the Sassanian Army of Late Antiquity, which proved itself a match for the armies of Imperial Rome, though representing a different military system based on shock cavalry and massed archery.

We have two WWI articles, with Hugh Macdonald-Buchanan describing the transition from war of movement to war of trenches at the Battle of the Aisne, and Stephen Miles studying how Churchill’s ‘100 days’ as battalion commander
on the Western Front shaped the future war-leader.

Finally, continuing our occasional ‘Great Commanders’ series, Graham Goodlad assesses the career of Tomoyuki Yamashita, the Japanese general responsible for the 1942 fall of Singapore.

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