British Journal for Military History


Following the BCMH AGM in February 2018, the BJMH will enter a hiatus. Further questions about the journal should be directed to the Secretary-General of the BCMH, Andy Grainger:

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 4, Issue 3

Vol 4, No 3 (2018)

Cover Page

COVER IMAGE: Womens Service in the Royal Flying Corps and Womens Royal Air Force, 1914-1918; Catalogue number: Q 72656

Table of Contents


Alexander Hodgkins
Brian N. Hall
Edward J. Erickson
Gervase Phillips
Malcolm Pill

Book Reviews

Simon J. House, Lost Opportunity: The Battle of the Ardennes, 22 August 1914
Ian F.W. Beckett
Douglas Farmer, Sedan 1870: The Eclipse of France
Chris Buckham
Oliver Wilkinson, British Prisoners of War in First World War Germany
Brian K. Feltman
Alaric Searle, Armoured Warfare: a military, political and global history
Tim Gale
James Tanner, Instruments of Battle: The Fighting Drummers & Buglers of the British Army from the Late 17th Century to the Present Day
Trevor Herbert
Mao Haijian (edited by Joseph Lawson), The Qing Empire and the Opium War: The Collapse of the Heavenly Dynasty
Rana Mitter
Etsuko Takushi Crissey, translated by Steve Rabson, Okinawa’s GI Brides: Their Lives in America
Ayako Mizumura
David Alvarez and Eduard Mark, Spying Through A Glass Darkly: American Espionage against the Soviet Union 1945-1946
Declan O'Reilly
Corinna Peniston-Bird & Emma Vickers (eds), Gender and the Second World War: Lessons of War
Wendy Ugolini
Isla Forsyth, Second World War British Military Camouflage: Designing Deception
Lucie Whitmore


ISSN: 2057-0422

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