Read the story of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, from tragedy at iSandlwana, heroics at Rorke’s Drift, to victory at Ulundi.


03 May 2022
Editor Duncan Evans talks through some of the key highlights from the June 2022 issue

What the Editor has to say about this month’s issue as the British Victorian Army piled into Zululand to secure British Imperial interests in South Africa. It was to lead to one disaster and one encounter that would resonate through history. 

What’s happening in the world of militaria, museums, exhibitions, collections and events. This month there’s news of events at IWM to commemorate HM The Queen’s relation with the armed services.

Militaria for sale
Lenny Warren takes a trip around the internet in search of rare, interesting and desirable collectables.


In the sale rooms
Here's a look at what's coming up for auction with classic arms and armour at Hermann Historica; Third Reich badges, ephemera and collectables at Ratisbon’s; and desirable firearms at Rock Island Auctions.

Shows for 2022
With all Covid restrictions lifted, it’s time to get out and enjoy militaria shows and events across the country. Tim Heath is your guide to what is on and worth attending this summer.

Under the hammer
Let’s have a look at what’s gone under the hammer in auction rooms, with medals at DNW and German uniforms at Ratisbon’s.


Warsaw Pact webbing: Poland
The second part of Ed Hallett’s series on the accoutrements of the Warsaw Pact puts the focus on Cold War-era Poland.

Berlin 1936 Olympics
It was meant to be a showcase for German Aryan supremacy, but Jesse Owens put paid to that with outstanding performances that had the home crowds cheering. Discover the sporting event that was drenched in National Socialist iconography.

The Guelphic medal
When it came to issuing national medals for gallantry in action, the British authorities were rather slow in getting off the mark. Peter Duckers examines one of the first gallantry medals to be issued to the Other Ranks.

Cold War cameras
In this third article of his series on war photography, John Wade turns his attention to the cameras of the Cold War when clandestine spying on the enemy became the aim rather than recording the battlefield.

Longarms at Petrograd
Graham Priest is your guide to the October Revolution in Russia and the weapons used by the Bolsheviks as they seized power, leading to an exit from the fighting in WWI.

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6th SS Mountain Division Nord
Ian Baxter takes a look at one of the more specialised Waffen-SS divisions of WWII, how they were raised, where they fought and what happened as the Third Reich crumbled.

High Seas Fleet War Badge
If you served on a ship in the Kriegsmarine and were involved in any kind of naval action against the Royal Navy, or had the misfortune to be on a ship that was sunk, then this is the badge you were elligbile for.

Wellington’s technical corps
Gabriele Esposito takes a look at the engineers and artillery men who fought with the Duke of Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars.

The Photo Inspector
Ray Westlake looks at the uniform and insignia of a Colour Sergeant of the 2nd (Berwickshire) Volunteer Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers 


The Anglo-Zulu War
Mark Simner is your guide to the events of 1879 when the British decided to invade Zululand, leading to the disaster at iSandlwana, the heroics at Rorke’s Drift and final victory at Ulundi.

Collecting the Zulu War
Ed Hallett is your guide to collecting items of militaria from both the British Army and those of the Zulu nation.


Militaria reviews
Duncan Evans takes a look at the latest releases including Hitler’s Munich, Anglo-Saxon intrigue in The House of Godwin, every single WWII airfield in Britain with RAF and USAAF Airfields, and intriguing prototypes in Secret Projects of the Kriegsmarine.

Your Letters
Your comments on what you’ve been reading and doing. This month we’re discussing Operation Anthropoid, German PoWs and the real or fantasy German Luger.

Auction & Fair Diary
Check out the online arrangements for the auctions where you can top up your militaria collection and what fairs will be opening.

Thanks to our friends at Pen and Sword we have three sets of prizes up for grabs for three lucky winners. They will each get a copy of Hitler’s Munich, Mountain Commandos at War in the Falklands and Roman Conquests: Britain. All you have to do is answer the question correctly. Enter here.


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