The December issue of MHM, the British military history magazine, is now on sale.
In this issue:
Crimea: the last great charge of the redcoats, 1854
Only the incompetence of the enemy prevented it from becoming a national disaster. Neil Faulkner revisits the British charge at the Alma during the Crimean War.
The Hundred Days Offensive, 1918: debating the First World War
Did the British win the First World War for the Allies? Or was turmoil and revolution on the German home front the most important factor? To commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, our special this issue explores the Hundred Days Offensive, the last major campaign of the war. In our first feature, Chris Bambery argues that the German Army was never truly defeated in 1918. In our second, Edmund West looks at tank warfare during the offensive. Keith Robinson rounds off the analysis with a feature on the end-game in the air on the Western Front.
Legion against Phalanx: Cynoscephalae, 197 BC
Brian English takes us to an epic Mediterranean clash between the Macedonians and the Romans, homing in on the battle that broke the military power of Ancient Greece.
The Stuka: spearhead of blitzkrieg
It terrorised civilian populations and was critical to the initial German advance: Graham Goodlad profiles Nazi Germany’s legendary Junkers Ju 87 dive-bomber.
Also in this issue:
War on Film; Royal Deaths at War; War Culture, Behind the Image, Book Reviews; Museum Review; Event Listings; Competitions; and much more.
From the editor
We mark the end of the centenary of the First World War with some controversy: flying in the face of ‘revisionist’ history, our special this issue argues that the Germans were defeated by mass and materiel, not by superior technique and tactics, during the Hundred Days Offensive of autumn 1918.
Equally controversial, perhaps, is that the Armistice – and then Versailles – settled nothing. Graham Goodlad’s piece on the Stuka – the ‘flying artillery’ of blitzkrieg – is an immediate reminder that 1918 to 1939 was no more than an armed truce. The struggle for global supremacy between Britain and Germany turned out to be a drama in two acts.
Our cover feature takes us back to an earlier great-power confrontation, this one mid 19th century, with Britain and France again allies, this time pitted against the Russian Bear. Our focus is what was, perhaps, the last great charge of the redcoats in the old style – a British version, in a sense, of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg a decade later.
We complete the issue with a very different story from ancient military history. Brian English analyses the collision between Macedonian phalanx and Roman legion at Cynoscephalae in 197 BC.