I am looking forward to the Malvern Festival of Military History this weekend, where I will be speaking (as one of a panel) on the battle of Agincourt. Agincourt – which recently had its 600th anniversary – holds a timeless appeal, meaning many different things to different people. But at its heart is a story […]
The fight to prevent development encroaching upon one of our famous battlefields is about making a stand for our heritage. As I said in an interview with The Times: ‘This is one of the defining moments in our national history. For the first time, battlefield discoveries allow us to get a sense of where Richard […]
In his fine biography, Michael Jones resurrects the recumbent warrior, giving a vivid but scholarly portrait of the man extolled by the contemporary chronicler Jean Froissart as “the very flower of chivalry.” Mr. Jones maintains that Edward deserved such accolades, having strived to exemplify the lofty ideals of the knight’s code.
The battle of Stalingrad finished 75 years ago this month. In its aftermath one Red Army veteran wrote: ‘Stalingrad is free! We first arrived in the city at a time of terrible combat. As we approached, we saw smoke and fire and everything burning. Today there is silence. Only the ruins remind us of the […]
In December 1941 Hitler’s Wehrmacht was repulsed from Moscow in atrocious winter weather. The Fuhrer and German High Command did not believe the lessons of Napoleon’s disastrous 1812 campaign in Russia applied to them, because they had a highly mechanised army. But in temperatures dropping below minus 30 degrees Celsius their vehicles and equipment simply […]