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Military History

The Military History research group at the Centre for Historical Research brings together researchers with an interest in a broad range of military issues.

Research Group Coordinator

Professor John Buckley is Group Coordinator. His research interests are focused on aspects of military history and strategic studies in the 20th Century, particularly the British Army in the Second World War, and air power.

Group members

Research areas

  • The 1944 Normandy Campaign
  • Strategy and Tactics in Warfare
  • The English Civil War
  • Media and War
  • The role of Air Power in War
  • British Imperial Naval Power Projection
  • The English and American Civil Wars
  • Later nineteenth century conflicts
  • The First and Second World Wars
  • Wars since 1945
  • Media and propaganda in war

Selected publications

  • Badsey, S, Ninety Years On: Recent and Changing Views on the History of the First World War’ in Ashley Ekins (ed), 1918 Year of Victory: The End of the Great War and the Shaping of History (Titirangi NZ: Exisle, 2010).
  • Badsey, S, Beyond Doctrine: A Historical Perspective on the Information Operations Debate in Media-Military Relations,’ in Kendall D. Gott (ed.) The US Army and the Media in Wartime: Historical Perspectives (Fort Leavenworth KA: Combat Studies Institute Press, 2010).
  • Buckley J, ‘Monty’s Men: The British Army and the Liberation of Europe 1944-5’ (Yale, 2013) Winner of the Society for Army Historical Research Templer Medal for 2013
  • Buckley, J, 'Victory and Defeat: Perceptions of the British Army in Northwest Europe 1944-5', Global War Strikes, (Vol.10, no. 1, 2013)
  • Buckley, J,  'British Armour and the Normandy Campaign 1944’ (Cass, 2004). 
  • Fuller, H, “The Warrior’s Influence Abroad: The American Civil War”, The International Journal of Naval History, Vol. 10., No. 1 (October 2013)
  • Fuller, H, “Clad in Iron: Gaming Counterfactuals in the American Civil War by Sea”, Wargames Illustrated, Issue 290 (December 2011)
  • Fuller, H 'Clad in Iron: The American Civil War and the Challenge of British Naval Power' . Praeger, 2007. 
  • Jones, S, 'Stemming the Tide:  Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914 '(Solihull, Helion and Company, 2013.)
  • Jones, S, 'From Boer War to World War:  Tactical Reform of the British Army 1899 - 1914' (Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 2012)
  • Sheffield, G, 'Command and Morale: The British Army on the Western Front 1914-1918'  (London: Praetorian, 2014).
  • Sheffield, G, 'Changing War' (London, Bloomsbury, 2013). Co-editor with Peter W. Gray.
  • Sheffield, G, 'TheChief: Douglas Haig and the British Army' (London, Aurum 2011; paperback, 2012)
  • Wanklyn, M, ‘Oliver Cromwell and the performance of Parliament’s armies in the Newbury campaign, 20 October- 21 November 1644, History 96 (2011
  • Wanklyn, M, Warrior Generals: Winning the British Wars 1642-1652(Yale, 2010)
  • Wanklyn, M, Stratagems for Survival: Sir Robert and Sir Francis Throckmorton c.1640-c.1660’, The Catholic Gentry in English Society, P. Marshall and G Scott eds. (Ashgate, 2009)
  • Wanklyn, M, 'How the War Was Won: the English Civil Wars 1642-48'
  • Wanklyn, M,  'A Military History of the English Civil War: Strategy and Tactics'. Pearson/Longman: 2004. 

Plus a range of articles for leading academic journals

Research degrees

Interested in studying for a research degree in one of these areas? Contact Professor John Buckley at