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Marlborough, Britain's Greatest General

In Military History
When reading Richard Holme's biography of John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough I was struck by how close we were to not ever seeing the full potential of 'Corporal John'. The court of Charles II in which Churchill and his wife Sarah operated was a wilder, less civilised and more dangerous place than I had imagined (It was also dirtier; Charles II only bothered to shave a couple of times a week). The career path John Churchill would take would eventually lead him to a command of a coalition army in the struggle against the imperial ambitions of Louis XIV but this future was by no means assured.Continue Reading

The Making of the British Army

In Military History
Allan Mallinson's new book is a a wolf in sheep's clothing. At first glance it is an entertaining and sympathetic portrayal of the British army from Edgehill to the modern conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan but running through out is a considered and passionate outline of the challenges and threats the army faces today, from its own government and from chronic overstretch. As the book details there is nothing really new in that.Continue Reading

And the winner is (#sixwordwar)

In Military History
We had some great entries on the #sixwordwar competition over on Twitter. Here is the full list:Continue Reading

Can you write about a battle in six words?

In Military History
I've been trying to work out whether Twitter is worth doing recently and I fear I may be getting a little addicted... I began thinking of describing battles and wars in just six words which happily filled a few minutes between invoices and event planning for next year.Continue Reading

Future Series Titles (Part II)

In Military History
Thank you all for the comments and your appreciation of the post on Future Titles – it took a little while to put together! I will do my best to answer your queries and comments as best I can. Here goes.Continue Reading

Counter-insurgency in the news

In Military History
Various UK papers including the Times and the Telegraph commented yesterday on the criticism of counter-insurgency efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq as reported in the British Army Review. Featured amongst the serving soldiers and military experts who have expressed concerns about the UK's ability to fight this kind of war was Daniel Marston one of our authors.Continue Reading

Inglourious Basterds - is it any good?

In Military History
This weekend I finally managed to get out to see the much anticipated Inglourious Basterds. I was ready. I knew that historical accuracy wasn't top of the list when Quentin Tarantino made it. I was ready for some sharp dialogue and some bloody violence. I walked in completely open-minded.Continue Reading

Future Series Titles

In Military History
This morning I thought I’d have a good look through the forum pages to try to draw out some of the key themes and subjects from your discussions about titles we should publish, following on from previous posts. Several hours later, I’ve finally read through them all and I think I’ve got it. I had to restrict myself to just posts from 2009, but here are a few of the things you are talking about, in no particular order with some updates on where we are with them:Continue Reading

Another Year, Another Historicon Done (Part 2)

In Military History
Here is a picture of the winning 'Best Use of an Osprey Campaign' game in progress. It fails to convey the energy and noise of Marvin, he is going to start waving that ruler around any minute now!Continue Reading

Another Year, Another Historicon Done!

In Military History
Another year, another fantastic time at Historicon but this year I was a bit special for a number of reasons not least because it was the last year at the Lancaster Host before the move to Baltimore.Continue Reading

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