The March issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale.
In this issue:
THE FIRST BLITZKRIEG
This month our 17-page special feature looks back on Kaiserschlacht –General Ludendorff’s great offensive of spring 1918. Kaiserschlacht ushered in a new tactical doctrine of speed, surprise, and infiltration that almost won the war for Germany. In our first feature, Andrew Mulholland analyses the strategy of Germany’s last big push – could it have worked, and why did it fail? In the second, David Porter reviews the technology behind its initial success.
MARSHAL NEY: Napoleon’s greatest general?
Stephen Roberts appraises the legacy of the most illustrious, though perhaps not the most brilliant, of Napoleon’s commanders.
THE AVRO LANCASTER: WWII’s best British bomber
Graham Goodlad explains why the Lancaster was Britain’s best heavy bomber of the Second World War.
REGIMENT: The Hastings and Prince Edwards
Patrick Mercer recaps the coming of age of a Canadian regiment on the Hitler Line, May 1944.
SIDESHOW: Operation Basalt
Eric Lee reports on a little-known British attack on German-occupied Sark.
Also in this issue:
CHARLES II: Royal art after the Civil Wars
Seema Syeda explores art and power in the restoration.
War on Film; Women at War; Book of the Month; Book Reviews; Museum Review; Event Listings; Competitions; and much more.
From the editor
This year we will be marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The war passed through three distinct phases. It began with a short war of manoeuvre, but this was quickly terminated by overwhelming firepower. It was dominated for the next three years by trench-war stalemate and murderous offensives that achieved nothing. Then, in the final year, it changed again.
A new war of movement began, based on mass production of new weapons and radically new infantry tactics. All armies were moving in this direction, but the Germans were ahead and struck first.
Our special this issue explores the Kaiserschlacht, the ‘Kaiser’s Battle’ – sometimes known as the Ludendorff Offensive, or even simply the Spring Offensive. Andrew Mulholland charts the course of the offensive, and David Porter provides the analysis of the weapons and tactics of the new ‘stormtroops’.
Also this issue, Graham Goodlad takes a close look at the Lancaster, Britain’s most successful heavy bomber; Stephen Roberts asks whether Ney was Napoleon’s greatest marshal; Patrick Mercer recalls the exploits of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment on the Hitler Line in May 1944; and Eric Lee reports on a little-known British commando raid on the island of Sark.