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

Portrait of Sir Michael Howard by Anthony Palliser:

Volume 3, Issue 1 - EDITORIAL

Welcome to the first issue of Volume 3.

Covering a range of topics from the 15th century to the Cold War, in many respects this issue showcases the aspirations of the BJMH. We begin with a study of Aztec warriors and the tactics, techniques and weapons they employed and we end with an analysis of General Hackett’s The Third World War. In between we take in the English in Ireland in the early 1600s, the Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain and combatant status and small arms training for women in Britain’s armed forces during the late 1970s.

For many in the team this has been a busy period. Not only have we made a number of changes to the way we work, we have also brought on several new editors who joined the BJMH over the summer. We are grateful to Aimée Fox-Godden and Jennifer Daley for all their hard work on the journal and welcome Christopher Phillips, Kenton White and Thomas Pert to the team.

Apart from changes to the editorial team, we are organising the 7th Annual New Research in Military History conference which takes place in London on Saturday 26 November at the Institute of Historical Research. There are some great papers being presented that will offer a good demonstration of current research in military history.We hope to see many of you on the day.

Finally, the new team has been formulating plans to widen the journal’s reach and attract even more authors. These plans are very exciting and we hope to share them with you soon. We very much hope you enjoy this issue. As ever, we welcome your feedback and comments.


Vol 3, No 1 (2016)

Cover Page
An image from the Codex Mendoza showing different warrior types. The original document is held at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Shelfmark: MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1.

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Table of Contents


Ross Hassig
James O'Neill
Anthony J. Cumming
Kathleen Sherit
Jeffrey H. Michaels

Book Reviews

Anders Engberg-Pedersen, The Empire of Chance: The Napoleonic Wars and the Disorder of Things.
Philip W. Blood
Peter Gaunt, The English Civil War: a Military History
Charles Esdaile
John Mullen, The Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War.
Emma Hanna
Andrew C. Rath, The Crimean War in Imperial Context 1854-56
Declan O'Reilly
Tim Jenkins, The Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment: The Development of British Airborne Technology, 1940 – 1950
Peter Preston-Hough
Caroline Keen, An Imperial Crisis in British India: The Manipur Uprising of 1891
Gajendra Singh
Spencer Jones (ed.), Courage without Glory: The British Army on the Western Front 1915
Edward M. Spiers
Carl von Clausewitz, Clausewitz on Small War, ed. and trans. Christopher Daase and James W. Davis
John Stone
C. Brad Faught, Kitchener, Hero And Anti-Hero
Andrew Winrow
Matthias Strohn (ed.), The Battle of the Somme
Spencer Jones


ISSN: 2057-0422

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