The March issue of Military History Matters, the British military history magazine, is now on sale.
In this issue:
Chariots of Victory
In this month’s cover feature, MHM Editor Neil Faulkner analyses how an obscure Celtic warrior used chariot warfare to repel Caesar’s invasion of Britain.
Clash of the Titans: Grant, Lee, and the Overland Campaign
Our special this month appraises the career of former American president and Union general Ulysses S Grant. It is rare for two of history’s great commanders to have to face each other in battle, but when Grant was pitted against Confederate general Robert E Lee in the Overland Campaign of the American Civil War, an intense struggle of wills ensued. In our first feature, Graham Goodlad reviews the twists and turns of Grant’s career; in our second, MHM Editor Neil Faulkner analyses the Battle of the Wilderness – one of the bloodiest encounters of the campaign.
Infantry combat at Monte Cassino, 1943-1944
Patrick Mercer reconstructs the gruelling experience
of infantry soldiers on the Italian front.
Sideshow: Operation Tabarin
Stephen Haddelsey reports on a secret British operation during WWII to prevent Argentinian control of the Antarctic.
Regiment: Wellington’s flank march at Assaye, 1803
Patrick Mercer homes in on a colonial-era action of the 74th Highlanders during the war against the Marathas of India.
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
Was General Ulysses Simpson Grant one of America’s greatest generals? Or was he merely an efficient manager of industrialised warfare – or, even worse, an attritional butcher?
Our special this issue focuses on Grant, with a general survey of his military career and a detailed analysis of the Overland Campaign of 1864. This affords an interesting comparison between Lee and Grant. Who was the greater commander?
Also this issue, we have two World War II stories. Patrick Mercer marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cassino with an analysis of the combat experience of WWII infantry, while Stephen Haddelsey describes the secret British mission to take control of Antarctica in 1943.
Our Regiment this time is the 74th Highlanders at Assaye in 1803 – where we ask questions about the generalship of Arthur Wellesley (the later Duke of Wellington). And our close look at British Celtic chariot warfare two millennia ago poses questions about the prowess of another of history’s great captains – none other than Julius Caesar.