SAHR Templer Medal Shortlist Announced

Wednesday 10th March 2021

The Society is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Templer Medal and the associated Best First Book Prize, as follows. Fifty-three titles from twenty-six publishers on three continents were submitted this year, covering topics from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries.


For the Templer Medal, the following works are shortlisted:
Blood, Metal and Dust: How Victory turned into Defeat in Afghanistan and Iraq by Brig Ben Barry (Osprey)
Behind the Enigma: The Authorised History of GCHQ, Britain’s Secret Cyber-Intelligence Agency by Prof John Ferris (Bloomsbury)
Sicily ’43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe by James Holland (Bantam)
Operation Crusader and the Desert War in British History and Memory by Dr Alexander Joffe (Bloomsbury)
The English Civil War: An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1639-51 by Col Nick Lipscombe (Osprey)
The Coolie’s Great War: Indian Labour in a Global Conflict, 1914–1921 by Prof Radhika Singha (Hurst)
Britain’s War: A New World 1942-1947 by Prof Daniel Todman (Penguin)


For the Best First Book Prize, the following works are shortlisted:
Phillip Skippon and the British Civil Wars: The “Christian Centurion” by Dr Ismini Pells (Routledge)
Major-General Oliver Nugent: The Irishman who led the Ulster Division in the Great War by Nicholas Perry (Ulster Historical Foundation)
Civilian Specialists at War: Britain’s Transport Experts and the First World War by Dr Christopher Phillips (Institute for Historical Research, University of London)
Wilson’s War: Sir Henry Wilson’s Influence on British Military Policy in the Great War and its Aftermath by Dr John Spencer (Helion)
Charles E. Callwell and the British Way in Warfare by Dr Daniel Whittingham (Cambridge University Press)


The winners and runners-up will be drawn from the above shortlists. They will be announced on Wednesday 21 April to mark the beginning of the Society’s Centenary celebrations.

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