The February issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale.
Forgotten armies, forgotten wars
This month, Andrew Mulholland takes a detailed look at the contrasting experiences of British servicemen in the Burma and Korea campaigns, while Jerome Baldwin homes in on a classic collision between Canadian and Chinese soldiers in the Battle of Kapyong in 1951.
This special feature includes:
The Kaiser’s War: German imperial strategy, 1914-1918
MHM Editor Neil Faulkner offers an overview of German grand strategy in the First World War.
‘Princely to behold’: the military career of Edward IV
Jeffrey James analyses the generalship of the victor of the Wars of the Roses.
Camperdown, 1797: Duncan’s forgotten victory
Alastair Harris recalls a great Royal Navy victory of the Napoleonic era.
Regiment: the 9th Regiment of Foot
Patrick Mercer recalls the sterling service of the East Norfolks during a chaotic battle in the American woods.
Also in this issue: Behind the Image; War Culture; Great Escapes; War on Film; Books of the Month; Book Reviews; Museum Review; Event Listings; Competitions; and much more.
From the editor
Why don’t we run we run more articles on the Second World War in Malaya, Burma, and the Pacific? That was the question posed by one of our correspondents in ‘Letters’ last time.
Well, by coincidence, we were already planning a special looking at two very different Far Eastern conflicts fought within a decade of each other: the Burma Campaign and the Korean War. They appear in this issue.
Our focus is the visceral experience of campaigning and fighting for ordinary soldiers. Andrew Mulholland contrasts Burma in the mid 40s with Korea in the early 50s, finding that these were, for the combatants, sometimes the same men, very different kinds of war. Then Jerome Pierce homes in on one particularly savage night-time battle in the mountains of North Korea between Canadians and Chinese.
Also this issue, former naval officer Alastair Harris provides a gripping account of Admiral Duncan’s great naval victory at Camperdown in 1797. Overshadowed in historical memory by Trafalgar, it was nonetheless fully comparable with Nelson’s later triumph, and deserves to be better remembered.
Completing a packed issue, we have Jeffrey James’s assessment of King Edward IV’s generalship in the Wars of the Roses, our own essay on German imperial strategy in the First World War, and, of course, Patrick Mercer’s latest Regiment piece, this time looking at the 9th (East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot at Saratoga in 1777.