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About the Society

One of Britain’s oldest military history societies, the Society for Army Historical Research (SAHR) aims to encourage the study of the history and traditions of the British Army from the late middle ages to modern times.

Our main activity is the publication of a quarterly peer-reviewed Journal reflecting the members' interests and the results of their own research. We also hold regular speaking events and public lectures. To recognize outstanding research in British military history, the society awards the Templer Medal Book Prize as well as a number of lesser prizes and research grants.

Major General Ashley Truluck CB CBE BA is elected Chair of the SAHR Council at 2014 AGM 

He has had a distinguished military career serving world-wide with the Brigade of Gurkhas, Royal Signals and on the General Staff,- latterly as Brigadier General Staff at Army HQ, Director Attack Helicopters, and Assistant Chief of Staff (Director General) Command & Control at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.  He is a history graduate who has also attended Staff College, the Higher Command & Staff Course and the Royal College of Defence Studies.

A common thread in an otherwise varied and busy life has been a long-standing fascination for Military History. He has made a close study of Wellington’s continental campaigns and the development of battlefield command & control through the ages.  He regularly conducts military history / battlefield tours, mainly with The Cultural Experience for whom he also acts as managing consultant.



Monty's MenWinner of The Templer Medal Announced.

The Society is delighted to announce that the Winner of the Templer Medal Book Prize for 2014 is National Service by Richard Vinen published by Penguin (Random House).


Essay Prizes

Alice ParkerAlice Parker - First Prize (Undergraduate category) from University of Liverpool whose subject was 'To what extent were the officers and men of Wellington's army responsible for the negative image of Britain's role in the Peninsular War (1808-1814), that has to a very large extent held sway in Spain right down to the current era?'

Liam DavisonLiam Davison - Runner-up (Undergraduate category) from University of East Anglia whose subject was 'Wilderness of Warfare?'  To what extent can it be argued that conventional tactics failed in the Anglo-French war in North America 1754-1760?

Lucy RichardsonLucy Richardson - First Prize ( Schools category) from Woodbridge School, Suffolk whose subject as ' To what extent was Douglas Haig a bad General?'

Vinura  Abeysekera  Vinura Abeysekera - Runner-up ( Schools category) from Gateway College, Colombo, Sri Lanka whose subject was 'History of the British Army: evolution of the British Raj and the British Indian Army'.