The August issue of MHM, the British military history magazine, is now on sale.
In this issue:
Pershing and the Americans on the Western Front
This issue, our special feature focuses on the arrival of US troops on the Western Front of the First World War. In the first feature, William Stroock questions the efficacy of General Pershing’s strategic doctrine. In the second, he homes in on Meuse-Argonne, America’s great campaign to break the German line in the final autumn of the war.
John Brown: the theory of slave revolution
Neil Faulkner asks: could John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry have succeeded?
The Ho Chi Minh Trail: arming the guerrillas
Tom Farrell explains the central role of the Ho Chi Minh Trail to the Communist victory in the Vietnam War.
Conflict Archaeology: Cassino and San Pietro
Neil Faulkner reports on the new archaeology project he is setting up on the battlefield of Cassino.
Regiment: US 25th Infantry at Chippewa, 1814
Patrick Mercer recounts the gallant action of an American infantry unit against the British in the War of 1812.
Also in this issue:
War on Film; Women at War; War Culture, Behind the Image, Book Reviews; Museum Review; Event Listings; Competitions; and much more.
From the editor
Four wars are central to modern American identity: the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Second World War, and the Vietnam War. Not so much the First World War.
The contrast with Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand is notable. The trenches of the Western Front and Gallipoli are seared into public consciousness.
The difference is hard to explain, for Americans played a major role in the final battles of the First World War, and the Doughboys learned the hard way about the gruelling attrition inherent in modern industrialised warfare – above all during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of September-November 1918. US military historian William Stroock takes us to the heart of the battle in our special this time.
Elsewhere this issue we pose a question. John Brown: deranged fanatic or serious revolutionary? Could his 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry have triggered a slave insurrection?
We also have Tom Farrell on the decisive role of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in the outcome of the Vietnam War, Patrick Mercer on the 25th US Infantry at Chippewa (1814), and news of a conflict archaeology project to investigate the Battle of Cassino that is recruiting volunteers now.