MHM September 2019

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

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In this issue:

Special: The Seven Days, 1862

The course of the American Civil War could have been entirely different. In a series of bloody battles fought from 25 June to 1 July 1862, General George McClellan and General Robert E Lee pitted their armies against each other. Our special this month delves into this pivotal action. In our first feature, MHM Editor Neil Faulkner surveys the grand strategy of the Peninsula Campaign. In our second, Jeffrey James analyses the cut and thrust of the Seven Days’ battles.

On the Cover: Defeating the Kaiser’s U-boats

David Porter reports on Britain’s victory in the first ‘Battle of the Atlantic’, 1914-1918.

The Battle of Ramadi, 1917

Paul Knight looks back on the battle that broke the Ottoman resistance in Mesopotamia during the First World War.

Winning the air war, 1942

Warren Gray relives the courageous exploits of a Czech RAF pilot who turned the tide of aerial conflict in 1942.

Sideshow: Gill’s War

David Savage explores the history behind the curious death of Flight-Sergeant Jones.

Also in this issue:

War on Film; War Culture, Behind the Image, Book Reviews; Museum Review; Event Listings; Competitions; and much more.

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From the editor

MHM Editor Dr Neil Faulkner

What is the role of the general in the outcome of war? Opinion varies. Some – like Tolstoy in War and Peace – argue there are tides in human history that individuals are powerless to control. Others – including many biographers of great commanders – argue that generalship can be decisive.

Our special feature this issue looks at an interesting case study: the Seven Days Battle of 25 June-1 July 1862 during the American Civil War. We put a strong case for the overriding importance of the two commanders-inchief, one a master of war, the other doomed to defeat by his own insecurity and lack of will.

We also take a close look at two very different First World War campaigns. Paul Knight re-examines British generalship in Mesopotamia in 1917 and discovers a sharp learning-curve. David Porter analyses the changing technology of anti-submarine warfare between 1914 and 1918.

Aviation features in two Second World War stories. Warren Gray explores the development of night-fighter operations through the career of Czech ace Karel ‘Kut’ Kuttelwascher, while David Savage uncovers the truth behind a mysterious wartime photograph of a POW burial.

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