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‘Long Live Death! Down With Intellectuals!’
In 1926 Millán-Astray was promoted to Brigadier, an honour that helped mitigate the grief of having lost his right eye as well as his left arm in two separate engagements with the Rif guerrillas. His disability once became the target of a vitriolic a
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The Exiled
Writer: David Barbaree Publisher: Zaffre Price: £8.99 Released: Out now What responsibility does the writer of historical fiction have to the historical record? This tautly written, rather bleak thriller of Imperial Roman politics raises that questi
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British Civil Wars
Scottish Covenanters (Presbyterians) win two “Bishops’ Wars” against Charles I’s attempts to impose uniform practices between the churches of Scotland and England. Meanwhile, Irish Catholic rebels rise up to seize control of the Protestant English ad
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WOMEN OF THE LEGION In Spite Of Its Image The Ultimate
as hardcore male redoubt, women have played a role in the Legion since its earliest days. They would accompany the columns into battle as nurses and canteen managers, often doing both jobs at once. Like the men, they suffered depravations and never f
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The Battle Of Marston Moor
Just after 7.00pm on 2 July 1644 a huge clap of thunder rolled across Marston Moor, seven miles west of York. The moor was crammed with soldiers – perhaps as many as 28,000 on the Parliamentary side, and some 18,000 Royalists. No less than five armie
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Rebirth Of The Tercio
Tercio (literally ‘third’) was the name used by Spanish infantry regiments in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Legion’s original name was Tercio de extranjeros (literally ‘Tercio of Foreigners’), which changed to Tercio de Marruecos (Tercio of Morocc
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Roald Dahl’s Flying Helmet
Though best remembered as one of the greatest children’s authors of the 20th Century, Dahl was also a distinguished veteran. While working for Shell in Tanganyika, Dahl was commissioned as a lieutenant into the King’s African Rifles in August 1939. H
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War In Focus
Men of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) wave prior to departing for France. The BEF was formed shortly after the British declaration of war on Germany, and placed under the command of Lord Gort. The ‘Phoney War’, saw only one brief French offens
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Dewoitine D.520
The D.520 packed a 20mm cannon in the nose, firing through the propeller hub. Early D.520s suffered engine overheating problems, prompting a rapid redesign of the radiators. The 396 litres (87 gallons) main fuel tank coupled with two wing tanks gave
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In The Ranks
A DIVISION OF LABOUR EMERGED AMONG THE CAVALRY UNITS DEPLOYED BY BOTH SUPPORTERS OF PARLIAMENT AND THE STUART MONARCH When civil war broke out in England in 1642, there were no standing armies, and men with military experience typically brought coun
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Manzikert
When Byzantine Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes assembled the Imperial army in Anatolia shortly after he came to power on 1 January 1068, he was shocked at what he saw. The imperial standards were tattered and grimy, many of the infantrymen were armed wit
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Great Battles MANZIKERT
Romanos orders the Byzantine army to advance over the parched, barren, and rocky ground. His objective is to close with the enemy so that the Byzantine army can bring to bear the full weight of its heavier arms and armour against the more lightly equ
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Prince Rupert A Help Or Hindrance To The Royalist Cause?
Prince Rupert of the Rhine was born in Prague, Bohemia, on 17 December 1619 – the third son of Charles I’s sister Elizabeth by her marriage to Frederick, the Elector of the Palatinate. Frederick’s assumption of the throne of Bohemia prompted an invas
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Roger H.c. Donlon
Officially, his country was not at war, but for Captain Roger H.C. Donlon that point was irrelevant. He was in harm’s way, and he knew it. Leading Team A-726, a 12-man detachment from Company C, US Army Seventh Special Forces Group, Donlon was cooper
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Roundheads, Royalists And Radicals
A great-great-nephew of the Tudor statesman Thomas Cromwell, Oliver Cromwell was born into a minor gentry family and educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Elected to Parliament as the MP for Huntingdon in 1628 he nevertheless worked as a gent
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Defending Against The Blitzkrieg
“Surely they don’t want to attack us,” the tank driver thought, observing the Polish cavalry from the safety of his Panzer III, “that would be madness.” But then, with the thunder of hooves, attack they did – according to one of many German propagand
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Restoring A Panther
Wargaming is one of the biggest military history videogame companies in the world. Its free-to-play online action games include World Of Tanks but it is also highly active in funding projects to preserve military cultural heritage worldwide. In the p
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The Thunderbolt Of Carthage
Born around 275 BCE, Hamilcar Barca grew to manhood in an expanding Mediterranean commercial empire centred on the wealthy North African city of Carthage. By the middle of the third century BCE, Carthage controlled almost all of North Africa, held la
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MUSEUMS & EVENTS
The National Army Museum is a hosting a commemorative exhibition about women’s courage, sacrifice and integration in the British Army Running until 20 October 2019, Rise of the Lionesses charts the major contribution that women have made to the Bri
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The Cold Blue
Director: Erik Nelson Distributor: HBO Documentary Films Stars: William Toombs, John Doyle, Catherine Wyler Released: Out now The first thing to say about Erik Nelson’s The Cold Blue is the restored 4k resolution footage is nothing short of a miracl
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Anzacs At Long Tan An Interview With Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith Sg, Mc (retd.)
The Battle of Long Tan was a brutal event that came to define Australia’s experience of the Vietnam War. Largely fought in a monsoon on 18 August 1966, 108 Anzac troops, primarily from D Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR), foug
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Hunt The Bismarck The Pursuit Of Germany’s Most Famous Battleship
Author: Angus Konstam Publisher: Osprey Price: £25 Angus Konstam is a veteran Osprey writer, having penned many books in the company’s military history catalogue. Here, he turns his attention to the short life of the German battleship Bismarck. Bism
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1st Australian Task Force
When the Australian government initially became involved in the Vietnam War, it deployed 1 RAR to serve as the third infantry battalion of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade in 1965. It was soon replaced by a much larger brigade-sized formation, which bec
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Warrior
Authors: Edoardo Albert and Paul Gething Publisher: Granta Books Price: £18.99 Released: 19 September 2019 Archaeology, the study of human history through the excavation of artefacts and human remains, has long held the interest of the British publi
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