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.

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:

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Following a period of hiatus in 2018, a new editorial team took over in February 2019:


Prof Richard Grayson, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Erica Wald, Goldsmiths, University of London

Book Reviews Editor

Dr Rosie Kennedy, Goldsmiths, University of London

Managing Editors

Dr Erin Scheopner, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Kate Imy, University of North Texas

Dr Mahon Murphy, Kyoto University

Alasdair Urquhart (BCMH)

George Wilton (BCMH)

Chair of Editorial Advisory Board

Prof Alex Watson, Goldsmiths, University of London

The Editorial Advisory Board is currently being expanded and a full list of members will be produced here in due course.  Further questions about the journal should be directed to Professor Richard Grayson:


I am delighted to be able to inform members that the BJMH has a new editorial team.

In the December issue of Mars & Clio I reported that our Founding Editor, Dr Matthew Ford, had stepped down following the publication of Vol 4 Issue 3 in September. At the AGM last year (and at previous AGMs) there was widespread appreciation of Matthew’s work in launching the Journal and building such powerful support for it in a very short time. On behalf of the Committee and the membership I would like to take this opportunity of paying tribute to Matthew’s achievement.

We are now in the process of moving the Journal from the platform which Matthew had created to one that is accessed as part of the BCMH site. The new editorial team is led from Goldsmiths, University of London by Professor Richard Grayson and Dr Erica Wald.

- Andy Grainger, BCMH Secretary General


Following the BCMH AGM in February 2018, the BJMH entered a hiatus. Over the next several weeks I am very pleased that the journal will recommence operations under the editorship of a new team at Goldsmiths.

I established the journal in 2014 with the aim of bringing good quality military history to audiences beyond academia. I was very grateful for the early endorsement of Sir Michael Howard who summed up the direction of the journal when he wrote,

“Military history is too important to be left to the military historians.”

With the support of a brilliant editorial team (Catherine Baker, Stuart Mitchell, Aimée Fox, Christopher Phillips, Kenton White, Sarah Westbury, Tom Pert, Alasdair Urquhart and George Wilton) the journal grew from nothing to around 7000 readers. We put out four volumes and peer-reviewed around 170 articles. Now that I am about to hand over to a new team, I would like to think we did a pretty good job at realising the journal's objectives. It is great that two of the team (Alasdair and George) will continue the good work that we started.

The BJMH occupies a highly contested scholarly space that at its heart involves re-shaping the academic and public perspective of military history. I passionately believe that military history has an important role to play in helping to promote the public understanding of war in society and so I am very pleased that such a fab bunch of historians at Goldsmiths will be taking over from me.

I wish the Journal, the new editorial team and the BCMH every success in the future.


If you want to continue the conversation with me then ping me a tweet at @warmatters


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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