The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition, David Stevenson questions why the Allies didn’t march on Berlin in 1918 when they had the Germans at their mercy. Meanwhile, Jeremy Black analyses the reasons behind the Allies’ dramatic victory over Germany in 1918 and Benjamin Ziemann reveals how once deferent German troops found their voices as defeat loomed in 1918.
Elsewhere in the magazine, pirate expert Angus Konstam argues that infamous ‘pirate’ Captain Kidd, who was hanged for the crimes of piracy and murder in May 1701, was in fact the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice. Angus talks more on the topic of Captain Kidd on this month’s podcast.
The May issue also features Neil Hegarty who selects 11 key events in the history of Ireland – from the Great Famine, to the sack of Drogheda in August 1649.
Also in this issue, BBC History Magazine’s Rob Attar takes a closer look at how the role of war correspondents has developed over the past century, in conjunction with a new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North.
Meanwhile, David Reynolds marks the 70th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa with a feature explaining how a Nazi victory in the Soviet Union could have had grave implications for Britain. David also features on this month’s podcast.
Other topics this month include Rob Attar’s investigation into the menageries of wild animals once kept at the Tower of London, including a polar bear that fished in the Thames, in conjunction with a new exhibition at the Tower; Eugene Byrne tells the story of the postwar squatters who set up home in disused military camps in 1946; while BBC History Magazine’s Charlotte Hodgman speaks to Daniel Szechi about eight places linked to the Jacobite risings in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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