Bolsheviks! The British Army, Discipline, and the Demobilisation Strikes of 1919

Research Paper Title “The British Soldier is no Bolshevik”: The British Army, Discipline, and the Demobilization Strikes of 1919. Background This article considers the breakdown in discipline in the British Army which occurred in Britain and on the Western Front during the process of demobilisation at the end of the First World War. Many soldiers,… Read More

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The Western Front Way

A pathway stretching more than 1,000 kilometres has been opened along the First World War’s Western Front. Known as The Western Front Way, the route starts on the Belgian coast and finishes on the Swiss border and is marked along the way by flowers of remembrance. The inspiration for the project stemmed from a letter… Read More

Another British Army Female First

In July 2018, the British Army appointed its first female Provost Marshal. Brigadier Vivienne Buck will be the head of provost services including the Royal Military Police (RMP), Military Provost Staff (MPS), the Army’s custodial experts, and the Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS). Her appointment to this position was announced in August 2018 (Twitter, 2018).… Read More

Kuril Islands: Japan & Russia in 1945

“In 1945, two days after America bombed Hiroshima, Joseph Stalin declared war on Japan and Soviet troops attacked Japanese-held territory. They grabbed the southern Kuril islands, even though Russia had acknowledged them as Japanese since 1855. For two years the islanders lived alongside the occupiers. A touching photograph in an exhibition in Nemuro shows Russians… Read More

To The Frontline…

“After three days on the train, their worries about going to the Sino-Vietnamese border were confirmed when the train stopped at Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. About 120 CA-10 trucks picked up thousands of men at the station and took them to the border. Many recruits cried on the road. The next morning, a… Read More

Hong Kong Snack Grenade!

“BANGERS and mash? Workers at a Hong Kong snack factory discovered a grenade dating to the first world war in a consignment of potatoes from France. The 1-kilogram explosive was handled with a particularly delicate touch as the pin had been pulled some 100 years ago. Now that is what we call a delayed fuse.… Read More

When Do I Get Paid?

“One type of expense incurred in modern wars was not always present in the ancient world: paying the troops. As we have seen, in the classical city state citizenship was bound up with military service. For a long time city states thus had no need to pay their citizen-soldiers. In the Greek world the only… Read More