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Army news 2nd Oct

The British Army Military Book of the Year (BAMBY) is an annual book prize which aims to encourage soldiers to read as part of an informal approach to professional military education. The prize has been running since 2008, with a gap in 2017. The competition is judged by serving personnel of all ranks from Trooper to Colonel. They read all seven books over six months and hand in their judgement in September each year.

Dr Jonathan Boff, Senior Lecturer in Modern History at The University of Birmingham, has won the British Army Military Book of the Year Competition 2019 with his book ‘Haig’s Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany’s War on the Western Front’. 

The results of the Judging Panel were extremely close:

Dr Jonathan Boff – Haig’s Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany’s War on the Western Front – 328 points.

David Patrikarakos – War in 140 Characters: How Social Media is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century – 326 points

Lindsey Hilsum – In Extremis: The Life and Death of war Correspondent Marie Colvin – 290 points

Prof Pat Porter – Blunder: Britain’s War in Iraq – 274 points

Sir Max Hastings – Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945-1975 – 273 points

Lord Ashcroft & Isabel Oakeshott – White Flag: An Examination of the UK’s Defence Capability – 246 points

Sir Anthony Beevor – Arnhem: The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War Two – 243 points The British Army Military Book of the Year 2019 02 October 2019 13:03 WO2 Paul Barnes Third Place – Lindsey Hilsum

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Winner: Dr Jonathan Boff
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Runner Up: David Patrikarakos
Third Place – Lindsey Hilsum

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Previous winners have been:

2008 – Patrick Bishop – 3 Para, Afghanistan 2006.

2009 – James Fergusson – A Million Bullets, the real story of the British Army in Afghanistan.

2010 – Andrew Roberts – The Storm of War, a new history of the Second World War.

2011 – Fergal Keane – Road of Bones, the siege of Kohima.

2012 – Sir Rodric Braithwaite – Afgantsy.

2013 – Lord Ashdown – A Brilliant Little Operation, The Cockleshell Heroes. 

2014 – Brig (Ret’d) Allan Mallinson – 1914 Fight the Good Fight.

2015 – Dr Alex Watson – Ring of Steel, Germany and Austria-Hungary in the First World War.

2016 – Prof Eugene Rogan – The Fall of the Ottomans.

2018 – Dr Aimee Fox – Learning to Fight: Military Innovation and Change in the British Army, 1914-18. 

2019 – Dr Jonathan Boff – Haig’s Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany war on the Western Front.

Who was Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria?

Words and images courtesy of MOD Army

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