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Amid tales of Courland slaughter, one who survived – Crocodile Dundee

By Vincent Hunt Blood in the Forest is the story of the Courland Pocket – a series of apocalyptic battles between the Red Army and German and Latvian forces in the final stages of the Second World War. The author … Continue reading

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War in the Age of Victoria, 19th Century South African Campaigns: Remember Majuba!

By John Laband The victory of Boer irregulars over regular British troops at Majuba Hill in South Africa on 27 February 1881 had repercussions far greater than the scale of the battle itself. Majuba did more than validate Boer mobile … Continue reading

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Great War: The Battle of Arras – the Overlooked Campaign

By Jim Smithson Having spent many years visiting the Great War battlefields and being fascinated by the subject, I was always puzzled by the apparent lack of material on the Battle of Arras in April and May 1917.  Whilst still … Continue reading

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English Civil War: Researching ‘Cromwell’s Buffoon’, Regicide Thomas Pride

By Robert Hodkinson Colonel Thomas Pride is a paradox among prominent English Civil War figures. As the driving force behind ‘Pride’s Purge’, he was responsible for the forcible exclusion of moderate MPs from parliament in December 1648, which led directly … Continue reading

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The War in the North Sea. The Royal Navy and the Imperial German Navy 1914-1918

By Quintin Barry This book (as its title suggests) is a history of the crucially important naval campaign in the North Sea during the First World War. The most well-known event there during the war was of course the Battle … Continue reading

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Chinese official histories, Jesuit missionaries and Western Mongol literature by Carl Fredrik Sverdrup

The Mongols of Genghis Khan and his successors conquered much of the known world, creating the largest empire the world had ever seen. It was very much a military achievement with the Mongols prevailing again and again against a long … Continue reading

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How Mount Piana inspired a new history of The Italian Folgore Parachute Division

By Paolo Morisi – I hail from northern Italy and – in the summer – I spend a lot of time in the mountains along the Austrian-Italian border, the Alto Adige and Veneto regions of Italy. In the 1980s you could still … Continue reading

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Stefanie Linden: They Called It Shell Shock. Combat Stress in the First World War

About one year ago I was honoured to receive the Edmonds Prize for my book proposal on shell shock (full story here). Now I am very pleased to see the final product – They Called It Shell Shock – appear … Continue reading

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The top five pre-1914 military history books for Christmas 2016

Here, our ‘Century of the Soldier‘ series Commissioning Editor Charles Singleton shares his personal pick of the best pre-1914 books to add to your Christmas wishlist:  Once again, I’ve been given the difficult task of choosing my top five books … Continue reading

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Remembering the Centenary of the First Tank Crews who fought at the Somme

John Lennon’s maths teacher, the Scottish chemist Stuart Hastie (who introduced science into the whisky distilling process), the grandson of the social reformer Joseph Rowntree and the champion rose grower Bill Harkness… These are just four of the brave souls … Continue reading

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