Second World War

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World War II at Sea: a global history

When first approached to review Craig L Symonds’ World War II at Sea, I was somewhat ambivalent about how much value another narrative history of this subject might add to the huge volume of extant literature. I really could not have been more wrong. Symonds’ work is gripping and well written, for sure, but it […]

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Stormtroopers: a new history of Hitler’s brownshirts

Daniel Siemens’s excellent new history of the Sturmabteilungen — the SA; better known as the Nazi Party’s Stormtroopers or Brownshirts — includes a lot of violence. It begins with the horrific murder of an innocent Polish down-and-out in German Upper Silesia in August 1932. Accused of being a Communist, he was savagely beaten to death […]

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MHM December 2018

The December issue of MHM, 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: Crimea: the last great charge of the redcoats, 1854 Only the incompetence of the enemy prevented it from becoming a national disaster. Neil Faulkner revisits the British […]

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6th Armored Infantry Regiment at Monte Porchia, 1944

Patrick Mercer recalls a gruelling mountain assault by one of America’s most illustrious infantry units. My father fought throughout the Italian campaign and I can remember him saying to me, ‘It is the side which is less frightened who wins.’ That is why I have chosen to base this article on Lloyd M Wells’s book […]

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MHM October 2018

The October issue of MHM, 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: TUNISIA 1943: A bigger victory than Stalingrad? Andrew Mulholland argues that Tunisia may have been a greater defeat for the Axis than Stalingrad. Not only was the […]

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Krystyna Skarbek: the SOE’s silent killer

Clare Mulley on the daring exploits of a highly decorated WWII special agent.   Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, was the first woman to work for Britain as a special agent during the Second World War. She was also the longest-serving. Her extraordinary contribution to the Allied effort in three theatres of the war led […]

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MHM June 2018

The June issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. In this issue: SPECIAL: The Matabele Wars This issue, our special feature explores the fatal collision between the British South Africa Company and the ‘other’ Zulus of southern Africa, the Matabele. In our first feature, US military historian Fred Chiaventone analyses […]

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MHM 92 – May 2018

The May issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. In this issue: SPECIAL: BRITANNIA – THE REAL STORY This month, our special delves into the true history behind the fictional new TV series Britannia. The Roman invasion of Britain pitted two very different military entities against each other: the Romans and […]

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MHM 91 – April 2018

The April issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. In this issue: ON THE COVER: BIRTH OF THE RAF 100 years after its birth, renowned military historian Jeremy Black revisits the creation of a revolutionary military organisation: the Royal Air Force. SPECIAL: CHAKDARA, 1897 –  THE OTHER RORKE’S DRIFT? In an […]

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