12th Military History Carnival

Welcome to the 12th Military History Carnival. It has been a year since this was all started and as this month shows there is still lots of interest out there. Just as Gavin Robinson wrote 12 months ago the military history blogosphere is as healthy as ever.

This months I have tried to split the various post into themes. Some are quite esoteric and could probably fit into more than one but here it goes.

The Experience of War:

Here we have several good posts on the experience of war with specific reference to battle. First, we have The Battle of Bloody River at Battlefield Biker. Second, at Behind Antietam on the Wire we have got a post on the experience of the 12th Virginia while serving in Maryland in 1862.

Politics and War:

Over the past months there have been some interesting posts on the politics and how that effect war and the reverse i.e. the effect that war has upon a state. A good starting point is Gavin Robinson’s post on historical causation. It provide a useful theoretical background to why events, and war in particular, occur. Next at the Yorkist Age we have got an interesting post looking at the political intrigue of Richard II’s court and how politics, war and court life were intertwined in the medieval period. Edward Vallance offers us some thoughts on whether or not Oliver Cromwellwas one of the most evil men in English history. Finally at Siafuddin we have a post on the effect of war on a country. In this case the effect that the Ottoman Empire had upon Yemen from the mid-1200’s onwards.

War and Death:

Both go hand in hand and it is an extremely emotive subject to tough upon but several bloggers have looked at various aspects of this area of military history. Dan Todman has been conducting research in the nature of British casualties during the Second World War and has started to post some of his research, which is very interesting. He has two post, the first is on Navy dead and the second is on Merchant Navy deaths.

Next we have a series of posts commemorating the deaths of veterans who have recently passed away. First, at UKNIWM we have a post about the passing away of the last Scottish vetran of the Spanish Civil War. Second, again at UKNIWM, we have a post on the death of the last French veteran of the First World War. Finally, we have a post at Rantings of a Civil War Historian about the anniversary of the death of  Sir Henry Shrapnel, the inventor of the shrapnel artillery shell.

We also have a series of posts that deal with the issue of massacres in wartime. The first post deals with the issue of massacres committed during the colonial era by Historiann. Second with have a post about the executions of soldiers caught in the Boer War of committing atrocities at Executed Today.

Command in War:

Again some good post about command in war. First, we have The War Reading Room musing about General Gough’s command during the first day of the Kaiserslachtin 1918. At The Punch Die we have got a post about the brilliance of Julius Caesar as a commander.

Myth and Memory:

A constant theme in the historiography of war is how we remember and memorialise those events. Again this months we have lots of posts dealing with various aspects of this subject.

At the Spitfire Site we have some musing over the painting ‘Eagles over Dieppe.’ At Redonwriter’s Sacred Ordinary we have some musing over rationing during the Second World War. Brett Holman at Airminded has reported on the discovery of the site of HMAS Sydney that was sunk 19 November 1941. At the Military History Blog we have got a post about the posthumous award of the Congressional Medal of Honor to Woodrow Keeble. At Remembering World War Two Airmen we have a post honouring the memory of the Tuskegee Airmen.

 Other Posts:

Here are some others posts that do not really fit into the above.

At Providentia we have a thought provoking post on conscientious objectors. The role of animals in war is an often forgotten aspects of military history and at UKNIWM we have a post about the role of cats during the Second World War. At Women in History we have a report on the discovery that Dr James Barry, a famous surgeon of the 19th Century was indeed a woman. Mike Cosgrove gives us some thoughts on the use of wargaming as a teaching implement in order to explore aspects of military history. Mike Ingram gives us some thoughts about the problem of exploring the idea of morale in the military in preparation for an essay he must do for his MA in British Second World War Studies. At The Cowfield we have got a post looking at the futility of comparing one historical event with another and some of the problems that it can cause to our historical understanding. At the Osprey blog we have got a very good post on the process that goes into producing a historical book. Gavin Robinson at Investigations of a Dog has posted several posts about an exciting development in online archiving for the First World War. The posts can be seen here and here. The final post is a series of mine just to show that I have been busy. I have posted three posts about the development of RAF Tactical Air Power in the North African Campaign. The entries can be seen here, here and here.

Well that is it for this months carnival. I hope you enjoy the posts.

 The 13th Military History Carnival will be hosted by It will be Ken Reynolds at Cannon’s Mouth on 17th April. Address for submissions is militaryhistorian@gmail.com

14 responses to “12th Military History Carnival

  1. Like a good soldier, Gavin fell on his sword, taking the blame for the confusion over next month’s carnival site. The fault, however, was mine. I was not explicit on which of my blogs I wished to host the carnival (who’s crazy enough to have more than one?). Thanks for making the change.

    Nice work, Ross, on this carnival. Some very interesting material, presented quite nicely. Hopefully the “lucky” 13th military history carnival will measure up.

    Ken

  2. Thanks for referencing my blog in your article. It is a reasonable step up for me to have ‘proper’ academics reading my stuff. I too study history, at Brum, and have just finished a course with the reputable John Bourne, who I’m sure you know in some form or other!
    Keep up the good work!
    Luke

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