Churchill versus the men of 1940

Nigel Jones explored the vexed relationship between President Lincoln and General McClellan in the first year of the American Civil War last issue. This time, he takes a look at Prime Minister Churchill’s relationship with the British generals in WWII.…

The Shortest History of War

Heinrich Severloh was a good soldier. On 6 June 1944, the 20-year-old Wehrmacht private manned a machine-gun overlooking Omaha Beach. He did his job without complaint: mowing down American soldiers as they disembarked on to the shore more than 500 metres away. Firing almost continuously for nine hours, his gun…

War on film: Tunisian Victory

Talk of the war in North Africa and most Brits will think of Tobruk or El Alamein, while most Americans will think of Operation Torch, the Kasserine Pass, and Tunisia. The victory at El Alamein was presented in a powerful British film made by the Army Film and Photographic Unit,…

The Bridge, HMS Belfast

Built in the Northern Irish capital in the mid-1930s, the nine-deck Town-class light cruiser played a major role in the Second World War, initially as part of the British naval blockade against Germany.…

MHM’s round-up of the latest military history titles

World War I Illustrated Atlas In fine and comprehensive detail, this book plots key battles and the exact course of the global land, sea, and air campaigns that made the First World War, enabling the reader to trace the ebb and flow of the fortunes of all sides. With more…

The Jacobite Risings

Jeremy Black analyses the military and political significance of the Jacobite Risings that punctuated British history between 1689 and 1746.…

Military History Matters 123

• Nelson and Trafalgar
• Germany’s brutal Great War POW camps
• Lincoln vs McClellan
• The Battle of Cerami, 1063
• Forgotten battles: Catarelto, September/October ’44…

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