British Journal for Military History

The BJMH is a pioneering Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that brings high quality scholarship in military history to an audience beyond academia. 

"The birth of the British Journal for Military History will be as welcome as it is long overdue.

Sir Michael Howard

The past few decades have seen the appearance of a new generation of military historians. Some have been serving or retired members of the Armed Forces; some academics or aspiring academics; and some - most welcome of all – amateurs who write for the sheer love of it. The continuing demand for their work is evidenced in every major bookshop, where ‘Military History’ shelves often take up as much space as does mere ‘History’. Even those whose primary interest is not military history as such now realise that a knowledge of the subject is necessary if they are to understand the past, to say nothing of the present. Military history is now too important to be left to the military historians.

For the past few years military historians have been able to communicate with each another at the annual meetings of the British Commission for Military History and through its publication Mars and Clio. Now the BJMH will make their work available to a far wider readership and should attract an increasing number of contributors. It will be not only British, and not only military historians who will wish it well." 

Professor Sir Michael Howard

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Volume 4, Issue 2 - EDITORIAL

Welcome to Issue 2 of our fourth volume. In this edition we are very pleased to bring you a series of articles on British and Imperial airpower during the First World War.

Brought together and edited by Ross Mahoney and Michael Molkentin, these papers will challenge conventional views on the evolution of the Royal Flying Corps and the RAF during the First World War. Adding a number of important dimensions to accounts of airpower, this issue refocuses attention on the systemic, cultural, social and psychological challenges posed by war in the air.

We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the various authors on these papers and are grateful for their commitment to a tight publication timetable. We should also like to thank Ross and Michael for their support in putting this fascinating volume together.

Apart from this issue’s focus on airpower, of course the journal continues to publish a number of book reviews in complementary areas. In this edition, for instance, we are very pleased to offer reviews of Agincourt by Anne Curry, Randall Nicol’s Till the Trumpet Sounds and Ismini Pells’ edited volume New Approaches to the Military History of the English Civil War.

By including a wide range of reviews, we hope to demonstrate that the BJMH can cover a breadth as well as a depth of subjects. This shows the team’s ongoing commitment to promoting and engaging with military history and the history of war in its broadest sense and we continue to welcome opportunities to work with authors on a whole range of subjects of interest to our readership.

We hope you enjoy this issue. As ever, we welcome your comments and feedback.


Vol 4, No 2 (2018)

Cover Page

COVER IMAGE: Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2e biplane of the Royal Flying Corps after a forced landing owing to engine trouble. Near Feuchy Chapel, 29 April 1917. Creator: Brooke, John Warwick (Lieutenant) (Photographer); Catalogue number: Q 7231. © IWM

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Table of Contents


Ross Mahoney, Michael Molkentin
David Jordan
Alexander Howlett
Mike Bechthold
Michael Molkentin
Emma Hanna
Lynsey Shaw Cobden
Ross Mahoney

Book Reviews

Anne Curry, Great Battles: Agincourt
Andrew Ayton
Randall Nicol, Till the Trumpet Sounds Again: The Scots Guards 1914-19 in Their Own Words
Paul Barnes
Ismini Pells, (Ed.), New Approaches to the Military History of the English Civil War
Martyn Bennett
Troy Bickham, The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812
Frank Cogliano
Carl Franklin, British Army Uniforms from 1751 to 1783
Jennifer Daley
Gemma Clark, Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War
Heather Jones
Edward Kaplan, To Kill Nations: American Strategy in the Air - Atomic Age and the Rise of Mutually Assured Destruction
Jeff Michaels
Byron Farwell, Maps
Edward Spiers
Kenneth Payne, The Psychology of Strategy: Exploring Rationality in the Vietnam War
Robert Thompson
Caroline Paige, True Colours: My Life as the First Openly Transgender Officer in the British Armed Forces
Emma Vickers


ISSN: 2057-0422

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