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In this issue we cover:
Marking the 30th anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose – the pride of Henry VIII’s navy – Neil Faulkner takes the opportunity to review the rise of English seapower in the early 16th century.
Underground War – The tunnels of WWI
Matt Leonard explores the human experience of soldiers forced to retreat deep underground as the storm of war raged overhead.
The Battle of Nomonhan, 1939
Andy McDonald assesses the impact of an epic battle between the Russians and the Japanese on the Mongolian steppes.
History of the British Army in 25 Battles – Omdurman, 2 September 1898
Following a series of crushing defeats, the British Army wins a victory of machine-like efficiency against the Mahdists in the Sudan
The Fort William Henry Massacre
Ian Castle pieces together the evidence surrounding the most infamous atrocity of the Anglo-French struggle for control of North America in the 1750s.
Also in this issue: Back to the Drawing Board, Museum Review, War Zone, War Culture, and Book Reviews.
From the editor
- Neil Faulkner, Editor
The recovery of the Mary Rose 30 years ago this month was an archaeological sensation. A third of a Tudor warship, complete with 26,000 artefacts and the remains of 179 seamen, was suddenly available for intimate study.
This extraordinary time-capsule of data, representing the origins of modern British seapower, is of unparalleled academic significance. It sheds light not just on naval warfare at the time, but land warfare too, since the ship was packed with soldiers, their equipment, and their weapons.
In this issue of Military History Monthly, our lead article focuses on Henry VIII’s fleet, the reasons for its development, and the revolution in naval warfare during the 16th century. A key conclusion is that the Mary Rose was an unwieldy hybrid, and that antiquated design was almost certainly responsible for her sudden accidental sinking.
We also have a feature on the little-known Battle of Nomonhan (or Khalkin Gol) between the Russians and the Japanese in 1939 – a battle that may have determined the outcome of the entire Second World War in the Far East.
Matt Leonard takes us into the tunnels, caverns, and mine-galleries that lay beneath the Western Front in the First World War. Ian Castle sifts the evidence for the famous Last of the Mohicans massacre at Fort William Henry in 1757. And in our continuing ‘History of the British Army’ series, we analyse the mechanised mass killing represented by the Battle of Omdurman in 1898.