The July issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale.
In this issue:
MHM recounts the sweeping Mongol invasions across the Eurasian continent. Middle East specialist Kaveh Farrokh examines the Mongol military system, whilst MHM Editor Neil Faulkner homes in on the Battle of Liegnitz – one of Western chivalry’s greatest disasters.
Also includes a 4-page outline and timeline chronicling the rise and fall of the Mongol empire.
Air war over Malta
In a new occasional series on conflict archaeology, Anthony Rogers examines the remnants of an epic WWII battle, fought over the Mediterranean.
Cataclysm at Gandamak, 1842
Embroiled in the power plays of ‘The Great Game’, Britain’s first 19th-century venture into Afghanistan resulted in a humiliating defeat. Fred Chiaventone tells the tale.
The British character in war films
What can war movies tell us about British national identity? Jeremy Havardi takes a critical look at some movie stereotypes.
Regiment: Prince Rupert’s Blewcoats at Naseby, 1645
Patrick Mercer recalls the final hours of the royalist Blewcoats in this iconic battle of the English Civil War.
Also in this issue:
- Wyndham Lewis: Britain’s rebel artist
- The daring escapades of PoW Bertram ‘Jimmy’ James
- War on Film: Taylor Downing reviews a harrowing documentary on German Concentration Camps.
- Norwich Aviation Museum
- Behind the Image
- Book Reviews
- Event Listings
- And much more!
From the editor
This month we look at the collision between two radically different ways of war in the 13th century – that between Western feudal chivalry and Central Asian horse-archers.
The European knights crashed to defeat again and again in conflict with swarms of fast-moving and highly disciplined Mongol warriors. It was not just a clash of ponderous heavy horse and dashing light cavalry – it was a clash of chaotic feudal retinues and a fully professional army.
Also this issue, Fred Chiaventone analyses the devastating ‘last stand’ at Gandamak in the Khyber Pass in 1842, which resulted in the destruction of an Anglo-Indian army. Anthony Rogers opens an occasional series on conflict archaeology by sharing the fruits of his many years of research exploring Second World War aerial crash-sites in Malta.
Completing the issue, we have an in-depth piece by Jeremy Havardi on the way British character is stereotyped in war movies, and, filling the regular regiment slot, an article by Patrick Mercer on a short-lived but most illustrious unit – Prince Rupert’s ‘Blewcoats’.