I have been buying History Today magazine from time to time now for some thirty years. As I have a general interest in historical matters I can always find something to hold My interest. However for wargamers I think I is true to say that there is rarely an issue that contains enough military content to be recommended. However the February 2003 edition is well worth a look. There are articles about Oliver Cromwell and the attempts by various malcontents to arrange his assassination.
There is also a fascinating discussion of the famous war (anti war?) film Gallipoli, directed by Peter Weir and starring a young Mel Gibson. It compares the films apparent opinions and comments on the campaign with historical fact. There is a lot in this article to get you thinking, especially for gamers whose view of war is based more on Hollywood than regimental histories.
The main article is Stonewall Jackson: God's General, contributed by Professor James I Robertson Jnr. This is a really excellent piece of work that adds human flesh to the bones of the gifted military commander that we all know about. And that is something that we perhaps tend to forget, that great commanders are human and not simply automatons, and it is there background that helps us to understand their motivations and sometimes their genius.
All in all a good return for an investment of £3.60.
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