Colditz: prisoners of the castle

REVIEW BY TAYLOR DOWNING Ben Macintyre is well known for his books on spies and espionage, like Agent Zigzag, Double Cross, and Philby. Earlier this year, one of his other works, Operation Mincemeat, was adapted into a hugely successful movie (see MHM June/July 2022). So I was surprised to find…

Review: Scapa Flow Museum

Scapa Flow is a vast natural harbour in the Orkneys, to the north of mainland Scotland. In the First World War, it was where the Grand Fleet was based. And in the Second it was the anchorage for the Home Fleet, therefore playing a central role in the naval history…

War Classic: Zola’s ‘The Debacle’

La Débâcle prefigures both the changing nature of warfare, and the ongoing struggle of France’s national identity. Within 22 years, another generation would be sacrificed defending their homeland.…

Born in blood: the Irish Free State

After years of unrest and escalating violence, the Irish Free State came into being on 6 December 1922. To mark its centenary, Patrick Mercer looks at the grisly events that led to its creation.…

Conquer We Must: a military history of Britain 1914-1945

REVIEW BY ANDREW MULHOLLAND Strategic history may seem dry or even daunting to some, but Robin Prior has broken new ground here. Not only has he tackled a huge subject in a different way, but he has presented his material in a deft and engaging manner. These 700 pages will…

War of Words – ‘Britannia’

Ancient Britain was known to the Mediterranean world. The Greeks called the island Pretannia, but the Romans named it Britannia, and made it part of their empire. The term ‘Britannia’ therefore figures prominently in military history. The Roman conqueror Julius Caesar twice invaded Britannia, landing in Kent in 55 BC,…

Military History Matters 130

• The Spanish Armada: what really happened in 1588?
• Flawed genius: Monty at Alamein
• The Cuban Missile Crisis
• The Battle of Mohács, 1526
• Hell and high water: submarine warfare…

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