The Society for Army Historical Research Essay Prize Competition
SAHR Chairman presents awards to Undergraduate and Sixth Form Essay Prize Winners at the Royal United Services Institute in London (2017)
The Society for Army Historical Research (SAHR) conducts an Essay Prize Competition to encourage, and reward, research and writing undertaken by those in schools and universities. This is done every year by identifying, from appropriately submitted pieces of work, the best essay written on an aspect of the history of the armies of Britain and the Commonwealth, and from this year is in association with the National Army Museum.
The competition is open to both University Undergraduates and School Sixth Form Students regardless of nationality and country of residence. There are two categories of entry: 'Undergraduate' and 'Sixth Form'. The winner in each category will receive a prize of £300 and the runner up a prize of £100; both will also receive an engraved commemorative glass.
The essay does not have to be written "from scratch"; the Society is happy to consider essays already written, for example as course work, as long as they meet the criteria for entry and have not been published elsewhere either electronically or in print.
To accommodate the Academic year the latest date for submissions is 15 February in the year following the competition year.
Prize winners and their parents, or a friend or tutor, will be invited to the Templer Medal and Student Essay Prize awards reception. Traditionally, this event takes place in the presence of Society Members every April in London; as next year marks the Centenary of the Society the event will be even more prestigious than usual.
Previous winners have informed us that winning the prize has enhanced their applications for university. One Undergraduate said that his win directly contributed to the success of his application to undertake a postgraduate degree.
Click here for competition rules and guidance.
Click on the links below to read our prize-winning essays:
- "The British strategy in the American Revolutionary War during the command of General William Howe" by Oliver Zwirtz (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany) - Winner, University competition
- "Terror in the Tropics: An Analysis of the British Army's Counter-insurgency Success in Malaya, 1948-1960" by Vivekaditya Sapru (University of Toronto Schools, Canada) - Winner, Schools competition
- "Recognising service in Wellington's Army" by Zeb Micic (University of St Andrews, UK) - Runner-up, University competition
- "Vietnam's forgotten war: Operation Masterdom, the British occupation of Vietnam 1945-46" by William Crane (Oundle School, UK) - Runner-up, Schools competition
2020 Bonus Competition
- "An Exploration of Limited War Strategies: British Operations on the North American Continent 1812-1815" by James Mair (Marple Sixth Form College) - Winner, Schools competition
- "To What Extent Did The New Model Army Change the Course of the English Civil War?" by Ines Mubgar-Spencer (St Paul's Girls' School) - Runner-up, Schools competition
- "Trial by Fire: British Army Centurion Tanks on the Korean Peninsula" by Walter Jeremy Kingsley-Filshie (City of London School) - Winner, Schools competition
- "To what extent was Sir Douglas Haig the most successful British theatre commander in the integration of technology into operational planning in the period from the Crimean War to the defeat of Imperial Japan (1853-1945)?" by Rosie Knighton (The Leys School) - Runner-up, Schools competition
- "Learning Lessons? Fifth Army Tank Operations, 1916-1917" by Jake Gasson (King's College, London) - Winner, University competition
- "The Victoria Cross: Its formation and evolution"by Zeb Micic (Dulwich College) - Winner, Schools competition
- "What was the role of British military costume in creating a visual empire?" Benjamin Sharkey (University of Birmingham) - Runner-up, University competition
- "The Scots Greys at Waterloo: The Battle That Turned The Tide" by Adam Down (homeschooled, Singapore) - Runner-up, Schools competition
Any Questions? Please contact the Essay Co-ordinator, Phil McCarty at email@example.com.