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 […]
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 […]
As the years draw on, the events of the First World War slowly fade from living memory. Scattered across the globe, the battlefields – once witness to the carnage of industrialised slaughter – today rest in relative peace.
The January issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. In this issue: THE VIETNAM WAR The war tore America apart and devastated Vietnam. Its brutality was broadcast across the globe, and the widespread use of chemical weapons against a civilian population caused public outrage. As the body bags returned home […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
The old 6th Regiment of Foot began life in 1674 as a unit of émigré English troops in Dutch service. During the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685, they came to Britain and fought under James II before being brought onto William III’s establishment and fighting at the Boyne in 1690 and bloody Aughrim in 1691. In […]
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.
U-boat 118 had been launched in February 1918, and in the last couple of months of the war dispatched two British ships – the Wellington, a steamer, and the Arca, a tanker.