There are few years in history that are instantly emotive and defined by one or two events, but 1916 is a notable exception. In what was possibly the most pivotal year in World War I, the Western Front witnessed the terrible slaughter of the Somme, a battle that was meant to end the conflict but instead raged on for five months and ended as a bloody stalemate, with over a million casualties.
To commemorate the centenary of this titanic clash History of War Issue 30 has devoted 50 pages to explore the events and circumstances that helped to redefine warfare itself. There are exclusive interviews with TV historian Dan Snow and Major-General Julian Thompson as well as in-depth articles by notable academics on topics ranging from war poetry, nursing and the French and German perspectives of the battle. There are also features on the tragic first day of the battle where the British Army lost nearly 60,000 casualties and the moving story of the doomed Pals Battalions, whose destruction came to symbolise the lost innocence of a generation.
Issue 30 is not just commemorating 1916 but also covering a wide range of interesting topics. You can also find features on France’s heretic war in the 13th century when Pope Innocent III declared war on his fellow Christians and a tour around the F-111 Aardvark, America’s innovative strategic fighter-bomber.
Also in Issue 30:
-Aces high: the Flying Tigers
-The Briefing: Nagorno-Karabakh
-The Assyrian war machine
-Artefact of War: 17th-century branding mitt