The September issue of MHM, the British military history magazine, is now on sale.
In this issue:
De Ruyter: the Dutch Nelson?
Our special this time revisits the swashbuckling era of 17th-century naval warfare, when the Dutch – not the British – ruled the waves. In his first feature, Stephen Roberts charts the meteoric rise of Dutch Admiral De Ruyter. In the second, he homes in on the Four Days’ Battle (1666), one of the longest naval engagements in history.
Armageddon: Allenby and the Ottoman defeat, 1918
Neil Faulkner recaps General Allenby’s September 1918 offensive in Palestine.
Britain’s Fleet Air Arm in WWII: behind the times or on top of the game?
Arnold Harvey assesses the equipment of British naval air power between 1939 and 1945.
Sideshow: the centenary of the Jewish Legion
Colin Shindler reports on the first appearance of an armed Zionist force.
Regiment: 2nd Battalion, 66th (Berkshire) Regiment
Patrick Mercer returns to one of the most gruelling battles of the Peninsular War to take a close look at the role of an illustrious British regiment.
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
Holland has been a minor player in military history for two and a half centuries. But between 1566, when the Dutch Revolution began, and 1714, when the War of the Spanish Succession ended, Holland was a leading force on the world stage.
During the 17th-century ‘golden age’, while building a great commercial civilisation at home, the Dutch also created a front-rank maritime and colonial power. Their only serious rivals at this time were the English.
Technological and tactical innovators throughout this period, the Dutch produced a succession of top military figures. Two of them rank among history’s great commanders: Maurice of Nassau on land and Michiel de Ruyter at sea. Our special this time focuses on the latter – the Dutch Nelson.
Also this issue, we have an analysis of the Armageddon Offensive and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in September 1918, an evaluation of the Fleet Air Arm in World War II, an account of the 66th Berkshire Regiment’s role at Albuera in 1811, and a sideshow feature looking at the Jewish Legion raised in the wake of the 1917 Balfour Declaration.