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  • Vietnam Magazine

    No Tea Party: The British-American Strain Over Vietnam

    For most of the 20thand—thus far—the 21st centuries, the American and British governments have stood firmly shoulder-to-shoulder on most global issues and as allies and supporters during times of war and conflict. However, the vaunted...

  • Military History Magazine

    Policing the Empire

    How the Royal Air Force won its wings in the Middle East. In the 21st century, it’s hard to imagine a time when the worth of the airplane as a tool of war was disputed. Yet, in the years following World War I, the airplane was perceived...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Battle of Quebec

    General James Wolfe capped a three-month British siege in 1759 with an hour of fierce combat that would end French ambitions—and the lives of both commanders. By late August 1759, Maj. Gen. James Wolfe had reached a dead end: For two...

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned: from the Battle of Trafalgar

    In 1805 anticipation of a great naval battle between Britain and France had been building for months. The British Royal Navy had blockaded French ports and established its supremacy on the seas. To break that blockade, France planned to...

  • Military History, MH Tools

    Westland Wessex

    The Wessex took on sub hunting, search and rescue, troop transport and general utility duties...

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned: from Isandlwana

    January 22, 1879. Eleven days have passed since Lt. Gen. Lord Chelmsford’s column crossed the border from Natal into Zululand. In that time, the British force, reliant on ponderous ox-drawn transport and a poor excuse for a wagon road,...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Dunkirk- Fight to the Last Man

    Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2006, $35 On May 14, 1940, the German break- through at Sedan culminated a series of Allied command failures. Too many intelligence...

  • World War II Magazine

    What if: Britain Had Made Peace With Hitler?

    In May 1940, Leopold Amery, a prominent Conservative member of the House of Commons, rose to castigate Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain for his failures as a wartime leader—particularly for the recent British fiasco in Norway. Echoing...

  • World War II Magazine

    Dress Rehearsal for Pearl Harbor?

    The daring British raid on the Italian fleet in November 1940 foreshadowed devastating tactics the Japanese would perfect a year later. As his Swordfish biplane, Q for Queenie, clattered noisily through the humid night sky, Royal Navy...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Showing Too Much of the Horrors of War

    Frank Brangwyn’s realistic portrayals of combat shocked Great Britain’s War Department, but recruiting officers begged him for more. In 1914 newsreels were an infant technology and radio broadcasts had not begun, but the poster was...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Portraits of the Mutiny

    British artists’ imaginative depictions of the 1857 sepoy rebellion helped fan the flames of public outrage. To say that the outbreak of the sepoy rebellion in northern India in the spring of 1857 shocked and appalled the British would...

  • Military History Magazine

    Germany’s Sea Eagle

    In late 1916 a German naval adventurer slipped the British blockade aboard a three-masted windjammer to raid like the pirates of old...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Changing Conceptions of English Castles

    Castles in Britain have always served as symbolic displays of power and wealth, but their military purpose cannot be overlooked. Castles have traditionally been viewed as heavily defended strongholds designed to protect inhabitants from...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Foundation for an Empire

    On a hot and humid day near a nondescript village in June 1757, Robert Clive won an improbable victory that set Britain on a course to dominate India for 190 years. Few British commanders had ever faced such long odds. When Colonel Robert...

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Letters from Readers- Summer 2008

    Another Franklin Hero When I read the article “Big Ben’s Fight for Life” (Spring 2008), I was reminded of the letters from Dad when he was on the USS Franklin. He was a thirty-three-year-old seaman /gunner’s mate assigned to...

  • Military History Book Reviews

    Book Review: RAF

    Richard Overy delivers a lively account of the 1918 founding and postwar maturation of Britain’s autonomous Royal Air Force...