MHM 65 – February 2016

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

In this issue we cover:

The Blockaderunners’ War, 1861-1865
This month, MHM focuses on the American Civil War. Editor Neil Faulkner assesses the Union’s plan for a blockade of the South, while David Norris explores the capture of Fort Fisher in 1865.

– Background
– The Anaconda Plan
– Fort Fisher
– Battle Maps

The Gallipoli evacuation, winter 1915/1916
David Saunders recounts the withdrawal from the Gallipoli Peninsula, the only triumph of the campaign.

English archers and men-at-arms in the age of Agincourt
Tobias Capwell analyses the late-medieval English way of war.

The struggle for sea power
Sam Willis analyses the fighting at sea during the American War of Independence.

Also in this issue: Behind the Image; War Culture; Conflict Scientists; War on Film; Book of the Month; Book Reviews; Museum Review; Event Listings; Competitions; and much more.


From the editor

Neil Faulkner, Editor

Sea power is our major focus this issue. Our special looks at the Confederate blockade-runners of the American Civil War. Though the Union had a plan to beat them from outset – the Anaconda Plan – it was four years before it took full effect.

Despite the Union’s massive naval superiority, the challenge was to close nine heavily defended coastal ports spread along 3,500 miles of coastline. A war of ironclads and steam frigates, mortars and torpedoes, artillery and amphibious assaults, it involved some of the biggest naval operations ever mounted.

We review the Anaconda strategy, and David Norris reports on one of the last great actions of the campaign: the attack on Fort Fisher, designed to close the port of Wilmington.

Continuing the theme, we welcome naval historian and popular broadcaster Sam Willis to our pages. Introducing his new book about naval warfare in the American War of Independence, he argues that it was decisive, sealing the fate of General Cornwallis’s army at Yorktown in 1781.

Another naval operation is the subject of Gallipoli specialist David Saunders’ article recalling events a century ago this winter, when around 150,000 men were evacuated from the Peninsula without a single casualty.

Also this issue, Tobias Capwell, arms and armour expert and author of a major new study, analyses the English way of war in the 14th and 15th centuries.

And finally, MHM launches its own new series reporting on key moments in the history of famous British regiments, starting with the Buffs at Albuera in 1811.


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