MHM 58 – July 2015

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The July 2015 issue of Military History Monthly, the leading British military history magazine, is on sale now.


The Kaiser’s War at Sea

For our special feature this month, we investigate Germany’s naval strategy in WWI, with a focus on the SMS Königsberg. This 15-page special feature includes:

– Battle map
– Timeline
– Naval policy
– Analysis
Königsberg specifications

Keith Park: the man who won the Battle of Britain

Neil Faulkner assesses the achievements of Air Marshal Keith Park, his intrinsic role in the victory in 1940, and why he was sacked soon after.

Kalanga, 1814: the battle for the Gurkha Kingdom

Julian Spilsbury reports on the Battle for Nepal 200 years ago, when the Gurkhas and the British were fierce enemies.

Ireland’s bloodiest battle: Aughrim, 1691

Robbie MacNiven tells the tale of this little known but decisive battle.

Also in this issue: Behind the Image, Conflict Scientists, War Culture, War on Film, Book Reviews, Travel, Listings, Briefing Room, and Competitions

From the editor

Neil Faulkner, Editor

Keith Park. The man who won the Battle of Britain. Yet he was sacked in November 1940, went unmentioned in the 1941 official history, and had no statue until one was unveiled in Waterloo Place in London in 2010.

It is as if Henry V’s role at Agincourt, Marlborough’s at Blenheim, or Wellington’s at Waterloo had been largely hidden from history. As if the Battle of Britain – equally decisive and iconic – had no great commander at the helm.

In this issue, as we approach the 75th anniversary of the battle, we assess Park’s extraordinary role and the reasons for his subsequent eclipse.

Our special feature focuses on German naval strategy at the outbreak of the First World War. Bernard Ireland is our guide, analysing the evolution of a new ‘world power’ policy under Kaiser Wilhelm and Admiral Tirpitz in the 20 or so years before 1914, then providing a case-study in armoured-cruiser warfare by charting the career of the Königsberg.

Also this time, we have Julian Spilsbury’s account of the little-known Anglo-Nepalese War of 1814-1816 – the war against the Gurkhas two centuries ago that led to them becoming a permanent part of the British Army. And Robbie MacNiven takes us further back in time, to 1691, to narrate the Battle of Aughrim, the bloodiest in Irish history.

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