Military History Matters 125

In this issue:

– Pearl Harbor: the start of the Japanese blitzkrieg
– Tel el-Kebir, 1882: how the British crushed a nationalist army
– ‘Luck and pluck’: why the Americans won the Revolutionary War
– Invading a ‘frontier of Europe’: the Tudor conquest of Ireland
– Memorials of the Mighty Eighth, America’s WWII bomber fleet

Plus: War Classics, Behind the Image, Book Reviews, Museum Review, War on Film, War Culture, Back to the Drawing Board, Listings, and more.

Cover Date: Dec / Jan 2022, Volume 11 Issue 5Postage Information: UK - free, Rest of World - Add £2


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It was perhaps the most tactically brilliant operation by naval aviation in military history: the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. But, as David Porter explains in our special this time, it was a desperate gamble. Like Hitler in Europe, the Japanese were betting on a short war, a blitzkrieg that would bring their enemies to the negotiating table, knowing they could not win a long war of attrition against the European colonial powers and the United States.

They misjudged. The US aircraft carriers – the most important targets – were absent, and six months later they would win the Battle of Midway and turn the tide of war in the Pacific. Worse, Pearl Harbor enraged a sleeping giant that would wage a relentless war until the Japanese Empire was destroyed.

The Tudor conquest of Ireland in the late 16th century is the focus of Tim Newark’s article. As well as offering a vivid narrative, he dispels some myths about the supposed ‘backwardness’ of the Irish military resistance.

Also this issue we have an account of the Battle of Tel el-Kebir in 1882, when a modern British expeditionary force crushed an Egyptian nationalist army; an analysis of the Rebel victory in the American Revolutionary War; and a survey of the East Anglian memorials to the Mighty Eighth, the US bomber fleet stationed there during WWII.

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Volume 11

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Dec / Jan 2022

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Volume 11 Issue 5

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