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

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In this issue:

Front cover of Military History Matters 112, the January 2020 issue.

ON THE COVER: Washington and Yorktown

George Washington earned a place in the pantheon of leaders who led both militarily and politically through the storms of revolution. Combining a determination to destroy the status quo with exceptional tactical skill, the General transformed an insurgency into the first triumph of a new country. In our special this month, Graham Goodlad surveys Washington’s military career, while MHM Editor Neil Faulkner offers analysis of the Siege of Yorktown, the site of the final British defeat.

All over on the Eastern Front: Operation Bagration

Chris Bambery on the Soviet offensive that finished off the Nazis.

An indecisive game-changer: the Battle of Tanagra

Paul Rahe examines the stalemate from which Athenian power grew.

The rebellion-crushers: Croppies versus Redcoats at New Ross

Patrick Mercer on a little-known but important clash during the Irish Rebellion of 1798.

Midway on film

Taylor Downing reviews the legendary battle on celluloid.

Also in this issue:

War Reporters, War Culture, Book Reviews, Museum Review, Back to the Drawing Board, Listings, and more.

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MHM Editor Neil Faulkner
MHM Editor Neil Faulkner

From the editor

British defeat in the American War of Independence was a global shock, similar in impact to the later US defeat in Vietnam.

Britain was becoming the global hegemon. It had just won the Seven Years War and taken control of Canada and India.

Then, suddenly, it was unable to subjugate a revolutionary insurgency by colonial militia in the American forests – much as the United States, after defeating Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, was unable to prevail against peasant guerrillas in the jungles of Vietnam.

The American victory inaugurated a new age of revolution – one that would involve the British in a quarter of a century of war by land and sea.

Understanding that American victory is largely a matter of understanding the career of George Washington. Our special this time analyses his military career and takes a detailed look at his war-winning Yorktown campaign.

We also have Chris Bambery’s assessment of Operation Bagration, the greatest Soviet offensive of WWII, which, he argues, finally broke the back of Nazi Germany.

Paul Rahe reconstructs the Spartan campaign that led to the Battle of Tanagra, an epic clash of hoplites, in 458 BC; Patrick Mercer offers an in-depth account of the Battle of New Ross in 1798; and David Porter examines light and microlight aircraft during the Second World War.


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