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The Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History

Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Medal has been announced.

See shortlist

About the Medal

The Royal United Services Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History, named in honour of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and the Founding Patron of RUSI. The Institute acknowledges, with gratitude, the assistance of the 9th and current Duke of Wellington.

Formerly known as the Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature, the award was created in 1997 with the support of the late 6th Duke of Westminster. The new Medal aims to reward on an annual basis the best English language writing on military history, interpreted widely to include the role of the armed forces, the conduct of wars, and the impact of conflict on nations and societies, over any period up to the present day.

A list of the winners of the previous medal, can be found here:

Books published by any living author, regardless of nationality, age, or gender, are welcome to enter the competition.

Sponsors and judges of the medal as well as their families, and current RUSI staff and their families, and previous winners of the Medal for a period of less than two years are not eligible. 

2018 Award

The winner and shortlist for the The Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History has now been announced and can be found here.

The winner will be presented with a medal and invited to deliver a speech at the Institute's headquarters in Whitehall in 2018

The winning entry will be decided by a Board of Judges, composed of the following:

  • Professor Michael Clarke, former Director-General of RUSI (Chair)
  • Professor Beatrice Heuser, Glasgow University
  • Professor Sir Hew Strachan FRHistS, St Andrews University
  • Lord Sumption FRHistS
  • The Duke of Wellington

For further information please contact Juliana Suess, or on +44(0)20 7747 4963.