253901 Michael Eliot HOWARD, MC, 3 Coldstream Guards

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  1. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    The eminent historian Sir Michael Howard has died today aged 97yrs. :poppy:

    He served 3rd CG in the Italian Campaign and was awarded the MC for his bravery at Salerno, September 1943.


    He completed his studies at Oxford post war and had a long career as an academic and military history author.

    He co authored the official 1920/46 Regimental History.

    MC citation courtesy of Diane.

    Last edited: Nov 30, 2019
  2. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Sad news, he was a fine historian. His classic book about the Franco-Prussian War was one of the first adult military histories I read as a kid.
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  3. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    I used it in grad school and thought it an excellent work. Informative and well written which is rarer in academic works than it should be.
    His contributions will be missed.
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  4. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Also read his book about the Franco-Prussian War (bought his book instead of Wawro's and haven't regret that decisions) ... may he R.I.P.
  5. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    Possibly with access to the celestial archives, busy writing a new version of Milton's history of the Great Rebellion.
  6. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    As the OP I think we could do without this disrespectful comment.

  7. Gibbo

    Gibbo Senior Member

    I read his review of a book on the FPW, probably Wawro's. He began by saying that as the author of a book on the same subject he had been worried when he heard that such an eminent historian was writing a rival work. He then said that he was right to be concerned as the new book was excellent.

  8. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    Actually meant as a token of respect to his scholarship
  9. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    If imperial defence policy from 1900 to 1942 is your interest I can recommend Professor Howard’s ‘The Continental Commitment’ – only published by Penguin Books in paperback in 1972 I believe. It was substantially based upon the series of lectures he gave in Oxford for the prestigious Ford Lectures in 1971.

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