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Young Douglas Haig

Young Douglas Haig

Most people will have heard of Field Marshall Douglas Haig, who is often remembered as the ‘Butcher of the Somme’ due to the horrendously high casualty rates suffered by the British Army during the offensive in 1916. Indeed, Haig has been a controversial figure amongst historians ever since the end of the First World War,…

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Wing Commander James Brindley Nicolson VC DFC

Wing Commander James Brindley Nicolson VC DFC

Despite the length and ferociousness of the aerial combat, Flight Lieutenant James Nicolson was the only RAF pilot to be awarded the Victoria Cross during the Battle of Britain. Indeed, he was the only member of Fighter Command to receive the prestigious award throughout the whole of the Second World War. So who was James…

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Major-General Nevill Smyth VC

Major-General Nevill Smyth VC

On 2 September 1898, Captain Nevill Maskelyne Smyth of the 2nd Dragoon Guards would perform an act of valour that would result in the award of a Victoria Cross. His citation, published in the London Gazette of 15 November 1898, read: ‘At the Battle of Khartum [Omdurman] on the 2nd September, 1898, Captain Smyth galloped…

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Commander Loftus Jones VC

Commander Loftus Jones VC

A total of four Victoria Crosses were awarded for the Battle of Jutland, fought near Denmark on 31 May-1 June 1916. Several of them are well-known, including those to Jack Cornwell of HMS Chester and Francis Harvey of the Royal Marine Light Infantry. However, few today are aware of Commander Loftus Jones and his actions…

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Pathan Rising Nominated For An Award

Pathan Rising Nominated For An Award

Pathan Rising: Jihad on the North West Frontier of India 1897-1898 is a nominee for the Military History Monthly Book Awards 2018. MHM has curated a list of 2017’s best military history titles: the nominees for this year’s Military History Monthly book awards. The selection includes some of the best-researched, most-insightful, and most-readable titles reviewed…

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