MHM 87 – December 2017

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

In this issue:

The Tudor war against Scotland

Our special this month returns to an age-old rivalry; that between English and Scot. In the 16th century, as warfare transitioned from medieval to Renaissance, a succession of battles were fought in the borderlands between Scotland and England: Flodden, Solway Moss, Ancrum Moor, and, further north, Pinkie. Former MHM Assistant Editor Hazel Blair explores the background to the ‘Rough Wooing’, whilst Marc De Santis takes an in-depth look at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh.


  • Diplomacy
  • Maps
  • Strategy
  • Battle analysis
  • Tactics

Churchill’s disaster: rethinking Gallipoli
Was the Dardanelles campaign a legitimate war gamble? Christopher Bell takes a fresh look at Churchill’s ill-fated excursion to Gallipoli.

Battle of Britain: the German perspective
Ken Delve investigates the thinking behind the Luftwaffe’s aerial bombing campaign.

Sherlock Holmes and the Indian Mutiny
Racial stereotyping was common during the Victorian era. Crispin Andrews takes a critical look at the colonial attitudes implicit in the work of Arthur Conan Doyle.

Regiment: 16th Queen’s Lancers at Aliwal, 1846.

Patrick Mercer revisits a famous British cavalry charge during the First Sikh War.

Hellfire Corner
The Blitz in Kent, through children’s eyes.

Also in this issue:

Russian graphic satire of the First World War
Feast your eyes on the work of Russia’s pioneering cartoonists, with an intro by Mark Bryant.

The deHavilland Aircraft Museum
Is it any good? David Flintham finds out.

Letters from Iwo Jima
TV and film critic Taylor Downing watches Clint Eastwood’s acclaimed blockbuster Letters from Iwo Jima.

War Culture; Women at War; War on Film; Book of the Month; Book Reviews; Museum Review; Event Listings; Competitions; and much more.

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From the editor

Neil Faulkner
MHM Editor Dr Neil Faulkner

Relations between England and Scotland, largely untroubled since the mid 18th century, are once again under strain. The linked issues of Brexit and Scottish independence have placed the continuation of the union in question. That union is, of course, the historical exception. England and Scotland have usually been separate, often at loggerheads, sometimes at war.

Our special this issue focuses on an exceptionally fraught period – the 16th century, when England’s Tudor monarchy perceived a potentially mortal threat in the ‘Auld Alliance’ between Scotland and France. The result was a succession of campaigns and ferocious pitched battles – Flodden, Solway Moss, Ancrum Moor, and Pinkie.

Hazel Blair charts the troubled history of the ‘rough wooing’ – the Tudor attempt to impose a marriage alliance on the Scots – and Marc DeSantis analyses the culminating collision at Pinkie in 1547.

Also this issue, we have Christopher Bell on Churchill’s controversial role in the Dardanelles/ Gallipoli campaign, Crispin Andrews on the imperial attitudes implicit in Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Patrick Mercer on the 16th Lancers at Aliwal, and Andrew Sangster on childhood experiences during World War Two’s Hellfire Corner on the Kent coast.

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