History of War Issue 77
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Published 23rd January
“A good navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guarantee of peace”. President Theodore Roosevelt made this remark at the cusp of a watershed moment in maritime history, just a few years before the launch of HMS Dreadnought.
Arguably one of the most significant battleships ever developed, Dreadnought was bristling with almost three-times as many cannons as previous designs, out-gunning every other vessel at the time. Rather than guaranteeing peace Dreadnought’s emergence triggered an arms race, and global powers sought to match this new level of naval capability in the buildup to the First World War.
In issue 77, our experts give their verdict on the 20 greatest warships in maritime history. From the ancient age of sail, to the battleship behemoths of the 20th century, we take you through the critical military innovations that changed the course of naval warfare.
This issue's Great Battles recounts the gruelling Siege of Lucknow, in which a small British-Indian garrison held out for months, surrounded by thousands of rebels, vying to expel the colonial occupiers. Author Mark Simner provides a thrilling blow-by-blow report on how the defenders fortified their position, and the relief operations launched to rescue them.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Features Editor Tom Garner spoke with Holocaust survivor Mindu Hornick MBE. She discusses her horrific experiences of the concentration camp, and the importance of educating future generations about the Nazi atrocities.
Also this issue you can discover the violent origins of English liberty and Magna Carta in the Barons' Wars; look inside neutral Sweden's medium tank design, the Strv m/38; plus our roundup of the latest military history books and films.