Allan Mallinson

Field Marshal Lord Bramall on why we should use force for peace

16 December 2017 9:00 am

It is always a delight to drive the country roads of Hampshire to see the man known throughout the army…

General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck in 1917

The German Lion of Africa

12 August 2017 9:00 am

What’s going on with book reviews? Here is the Pulitizer prizewinning (for ‘criticism’) Michael Dirda in the Washington Post, on…

A fighting chance

5 August 2017 9:00 am

‘We remember it not only for the rain that fell, the mud that weighed down the living and swallowed the…

An 18th-century engraving of Praetorian guards by Jacques Grasset de Saint Sauveur and L.F. Labrousse

Who will guard the guards?

4 March 2017 9:00 am

The history of an army is essentially the history of its deeds. The history of an army within an army…

Day of infamy

4 February 2017 9:00 am

On 7 December 1941, without declaration of war, 350 Japanese carrier-borne aircraft struck at the US Pacific Fleet at anchor…

Soldiers of the Queen

12 November 2016 9:00 am

It’s not immediately obvious, but the silhouette on the dust jacket — soldiers advancing in single file, on foot (‘boots…

Ce n’est pas la guerre

2 July 2016 9:00 am

On 1 July 1916, along a frontage of 18 miles, 100,000 British infantrymen — considerably more than the entire strength…

Pumped up and dangerous: going to war on drugs

21 May 2016 9:00 am

‘Of all civilisation’s occupational categories, that of soldier may be the most conducive to regular drug use.’ The problem with…

The Duke of Cumberland takes centre stage at Culloden

Culloden: the bloody end of the Jacobite dream

6 February 2016 9:00 am

What a wretched lot the Stuarts were, the later ones especially, the males at least. James II fled England without…

Paratroopers are dropped to reinforce trapped French troops at Dien Bien Phu, 1954

Hubris made the 20th century the bloodiest in history

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Sir Alistair Horne, like that other great knight of military history, Sir Michael Howard, served in the Coldstream Guards during…

Leaving Afghanistan — with a pack of potential troubles

The way we treat our heroes is a disgrace

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Matthew Green, former Financial Times and Reuters correspondent, remains unimpressed by officialdom’s response to casualties who aren’t actually bleeding: Ever…

What’s wrong with the Victoria Cross

6 June 2015 9:00 am

‘It is the task of a Patton or a Napoleon to persuade soldiers that bits of ribbon are intrinsically valuable.…

Admiral Dönitz, left in charge of the Reich after Hitler’s suicide, was lucky to have escaped the noose at Nuremberg

The madness of Nazism laid bare

14 February 2015 9:00 am

‘If the war is lost, then it is of no concern to me if the people perish in it.’ Bruno…

A major-general names the guilty men

24 January 2015 9:00 am

The author of this primer to the long-overdue Chilcot report, a retired sapper (Royal Engineers) major-general, nails his colours to…

The charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo by the British-American artist Richard Caton Woodville. From A History of War in 100 Battles by Richard Overy (William Collins, £25)

Four ways to win Waterloo

25 October 2014 9:00 am

The Kaiser’s war deprived Britain of her centenary celebrations of the victory at Waterloo. It also set the propagandists something…

A German soldier in the Western Desert in 1942 scans the horizon for enemy movements

A spectacular faller in the Benghazi stakes

1 March 2014 9:00 am

What an unedifying affair the war in the North African desert was, at least until November 1942 and the victory…