The April issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale.
The Irish War of Independence
This month, Chris Bambery analyses the Easter Rising of 1916, while Neil Faulkner looks at the character of the subsequent War of Independence with a general article on Michael Collins’ strategy, and a detailed piece on the Kilmichael Ambush of 1920.
– Easter Rising, 1916
– Michael Collins
– Kilmichael Ambush
– Battle Map
Battle of Lepanto, 1571
Jules Stewart examines the defeat of the Ottoman Empire by the Holy League at Lepanto in 1571.
Patrick Crowley recalls the 143-day siege that ended a century ago this month.
Regiment: the 17th Lancers
Editor Neil Faulkner explores the Battle of Ulundi, 1879.
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
Jutland, the Somme, Lawrence of Arabia: 2016 is a year of centenaries. Among others – and of huge significance in Ireland – is the centenary of the Easter Rising.
This is perhaps the most controversial of all the events to be remembered this year. Deeply divisive at the time, the memory of it remains fiercely contested today.
For Irish Republicans, the Rising represents the beginning of the final struggle for independence. For many others, it appears premature and doomed – a nationalist rebellion by an armed minority without the support of the wider nation.
In our special feature this issue, we sidestep the political controversies to examine the Irish resistance between 1916 and 1921 from a military perspective.
Chris Bambery argues against the grain that the Easter Rising was well planned, in many respects well executed, and might have succeeded. Two further articles tend to support this view, revealing the subsequent War of Independence to have been an exemplar of successful guerrilla warfare, in which small numbers of armed combatants were able to achieve victory against a far more powerful opponent.
Also in this issue, we have a focus on the beginning and the end of the Ottoman Empire, with Jules Stewart’s account of the great Renaissance naval battle at Lepanto in 1571, and Patrick Crowley’s analysis of the British disaster at Kut in 1916.
To finish, our Regiment series continues with a look at one of the last great cavalry charges of British history: that of the 17th Lancers at Ulundi in 1879.