Passchendaele

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Shell shock cover-up at Passchendaele

Taylor Downing reveals an official cover-up of mental illness in the later years of the war. It was not just the scale of the physical casualties that overwhelmed the British Army in the summer of 1916 on the Somme, terrible though these were – 38,000 wounded to be processed through medical facilities on the first day […]

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MHM 89 – February 2018

The February issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. In this issue: ON THE COVER: SPARTAN LAST STAND  American military historian Fred Chiaventone recounts the Spartan defence of the Hot Gates at Thermopylae, 480 BC. SPECIAL: LEE AND JACKSON This month, our 15-page special looks at the partnership between two […]

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Pigeons at Passchendaele

Gervase Phillips reports on the vital role of the ‘pigeon post’ amid Passchendaele’s waterlogged crater-fields. For Major Alec Waley, the commanding officer of the British Expeditionary Force’s Carrier Pigeon Service, 31 July 1917 was a peculiarly tense day, but ultimately a very satisfying one. It was the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres […]

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MHM 86 – November 2017

The November issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. In this issue: Red Revolution: how did the Bolsheviks win the Russian Civil War? The centenary of the Russian Revolution has been heavily publicised, but the events of the ensuing Civil War are only dimly remembered. In an extended special feature, […]

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Passchendaele: plans and preparations

Why did the British fight the Third Battle of Ypres? MHM editor Neil Faulkner analyses the background to Haig’s offensive in Flanders in autumn 1917. The controversy has lasted a century. It will probably never be resolved. The Third Battle of Ypres – or ‘Passchendaele’ as it is popularly known – was bitterly contested at the […]

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The Royal Warwickshire Regiment at Passchendaele

OCTOBER 1917 Patrick Mercer uses the first-hand account of a renowned junior officer to report on a grim regimental battle fought in the mud of Broodseinde a century ago. Along with Mons and the Somme, Passchendaele is one of the best-known battles of the First World War. The images of mud, blood, and gore are […]

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Battle Maps: Passchendaele, 1917

1916-1917: an infantry revolution 1916 was a year of great offensives – at Verdun and on the Somme – offensives made possible by the creation of ‘total war’ economies able to sustain unprecedented levels of manpower mobilisation and munitions production. But still the decisive victory proved elusive – whether by breakthrough (as the British planned […]

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MHM 83 – August 2017

The August issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. To subscribe to the magazine, click here. To subscribe to the digital archive, click here. In this issue: PASSCHENDAELE: 100 years on This month, we re-examine the controversial legacy of the Third Battle of Ypres. In the first of two features, […]

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Passchendaele, 1917

Martin Marix Evans explores the muddy terrain of the Third Battle of Ypres, the effects it had on the action, and what can be found there today.

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MHM 80 – May 2017

The May issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. To subscribe to the magazine click here. To access the digital edition click here. In this issue: Europe’s Thirty Years War With a death-toll approximating 8 million, the Thirty Years War was one of Europe’s deadliest conflicts. Yet, overshadowed by the […]

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